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President Signs Earthquake Program Reauthorization

On December 11th, President Trump signed S. 1768, the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), which reauthorizes the federal program to improve the nation’s earthquake preparedness for five years. The legislation is the first reauthorization of the NEHRP in 15 years and the program has operated without an authorization since October of 2009. In addition......

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Nevada’s Infrastructure Grades Improve

Today, Nevada civil engineers released the  Nevada 2018 Infrastructure Report Card Las Vegas City Hall. Twelve categories of infrastructure earned an overall grade of a “C,” advancing from a “C-” in 2014. Among the category grade boosts was aviation, which went from a “C-” to a “C,” bridges, moving up from a “C-” to a......

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House Panel Examines Federal Energy Management

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy recently held a hearing entitled, “Public Private Partnerships (P3s) for Federal Energy Management.” Committee members discussed the current status, challenges, and opportunities for increasing energy efficiency savings and conservation in federal facilities and programs, which would be done through the primary U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)......

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Secretary Chao and Lawmakers to Announce 2018 BUILD Grants

On Tuesday, U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao announced $1.5 billion worth of Build Utilizing Investments to leverage Development (BUILD) transportation grants. She was joined by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), and Jack Reed (D-RI), Congressmen Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and David Price (D-NC), and Mayor Jamael Brown of Youngstown, Ohio at a US......

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New Report Affirms Higher Gas Tax is Needed to Restore Our Interstates

On Thursday, December 6, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Committee for a Study of the Future Interstate Highway System, and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) released a congressionally mandated report, “Renewing the National Commitment to the Interstate Highway System: A Foundation for the Future.” Norman R. Augustine, formerly of Lockheed Martin Corporation,......

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Montana Infrastructure Earns a “C”

Today, civil engineers in Montana released the 2018 Report Card for Montana’s Infrastructure at the State Capitol. Montana earned an overall grade of a “C,” meaning the state’s infrastructure systems are generally in mediocre condition. The Report Card graded ten categories: bridges, drinking water, dams, energy, rail, roads, schools, solid waste, stormwater, and wastewater. Rail......

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Trump Administration Releases National Climate Assessment

The effects of climate change are now touching communities across the country. These effects include year-round flooding, more risks associated with future disasters, increasing ozone levels as temperatures are rising, and more states are taking proactive steps to adapt to climate change impacts. Required by law, scientists in the Trump Administration last week released the......

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Senate Committee Examines Our Surface Transportation Needs

Senators returned from Thanksgiving celebrations with their family and friends last week refreshed and ready to tackle the infrastructure problems and potential solutions facing the country – starting with a committee hearing on Capitol Hill. “Addressing America’s Surface Transportation Infrastructure Needs”, a hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on......

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ASCE Gives Thanks for Infrastructure Successes

It’s that time of the year again – turkey, time off work to be with family and friends, and traveling headaches due to crowded airports and traffic on the highways. This week, millions of people around the country are traveling by way of plane, car, train, or bus to visit their loved ones near and......

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Congress Returns: ASCE’s Lame-Duck To-Do List

When Congress returns on Tuesday, November 21, they face a post-election “lame-duck” session, facing a funding deadline to prevent a partial government shutdown and other lingering issues. Additionally, both parties are conducting leadership elections this week, parts of which will linger into weeks ahead. Party leadership, new Committee Chairs, and Ranking Members will all need......

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