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Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

For the American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) and most of its members, 2011 was another good year with the majority of members involved with new pipeline construction projects or work to expand and maintain pipelines already in place, said John Fluharty, the association’s president.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the state of Illinois announced a Clean Water Act (CWA) settlement with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) to resolve claims that untreated sewer discharges were released into Chicago area waterways during flood and wet weather events.

Pattern Energy Group LP announced that its Southern Cross transmission project has obtained two key regulatory orders from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Pattern is developing the Southern Cross project to add a High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission tie of up to 3,000 MW between ERCOT in Texas and the transmission grid deep in the southeastern United States by 2016.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The Power & Communication Association (PCCA) and its members continued to navigate difficult economic times in 2011, looking for new opportunities and for ways to work smarter, reports Tim Wagner, PCCA executive vice president. PCCA maintained a positive bottom line throughout 2011, had strong attendance at its meetings, and had a solid 4 percent membership increase from 2010.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Panoramic pipe inspection technology has taken the process of inspecting sanitary sewer, storm sewer and water pipes to new dimensions, providing a 360-degree look at inside pipe surfaces and detailed information a step further past the capabilities of conventional pan-and-rotate inspection cameras and equipment.

Leo M. Beard, 96, of Mt. Pleasant, MI, passed away Dec. 12, 2011.

Godwin, manufacturer of the Dri-Prime automatic self-priming, dry-running pump, has changed its legal name to Xylem Dewatering Solutions Inc.

Al Colthorp of Lake St. Louis, MO, died on Oct. 18, 2011 at the age of 77. Colthorp graduated from Michigan State University with a masters in Civil Engineering, and was a registered Professional Engineer.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

After several years of the Great Recession, America’s underground infrastructure – already stretched thin before the economic crash – is rapidly approaching crisis levels, say city respondents to the 15th Annual Underground Construction Municipal Sewer & Water Survey. However, a majority of the survey participants believe that their city’s financial woes bottomed out in 2011 and anticipate the beginning of a slow turnaround late in 2012.

Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Georgia Department of Economic Development joined Governor Nathan Deal to announce the relocation of Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas Inc. (HCEA) headquarters to Norcross, GA, in Gwinnett County.

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