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Stephen Barlas, Washington Editor

The One-Call and excavation damage provisions included in the new pipeline safety bill passed by Congress in December will trigger a number of state and federal responses in 2012. However, a rule allowing the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to impose civil penalties on excavators -- ordered by the 2006 pipeline safety bill but never finalized -- would be even more significant. A proposed rule moving that requirement forward is expected this year, finally, perhaps as early as this winter.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Southern Diversified Technologies (SDT), a multi-disciplined telecommunications infrastructure services company based in Brookhaven, MS, has developed a method for using GIS (geographic information system) technology to design and build telecommunications projects.

Natural gas transmission companies are very unhappy with the EPA's decision to tighten industry air emission limits. A consent decree signed by the EPA requires the agency to revise both New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for the natural gas industry, including for pipelines, by the end of February. Those are two separate EPA regulatory programs.

Shawn Ready, Project Manager, Ted Berry Trenchless Technologies Team LLC

With increasingly tight municipal budgets being maximized, social benefits are receiving greater and serious consideration. Pipe bursting is performed increasingly more as understanding of its social benefits become more prevalent.

Did you miss the show dailies at UCT 2012 in San Antonio? Catch them here, with their exclusive selection of pictures and reports on the events on the ground, from education to social, awards and exhibitions.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Home warranty or home service plans are widely available today to help pay for repair or replacement costs when appliances and system components such as air conditioning and heating systems break down.

Aegion Corporation’s subsidiary, Insituform Technologies Inc., has been awarded a $5.6 million contract from the city of Crest Hill, IL. Insituform expects to install approximately 135,000 feet of small- to medium-diameter Insituform cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) in residential neighborhoods throughout Crest Hill, beginning in January 2012.

Krylon Industrial, the leading producer of industrial, commercial and MRO paints and coatings, has launched a new website designed specifically with the needs of its varied customer base in mind: KrylonIndustrial.com.

RJN Group Inc.’s (RJN) CASS WORKS software received NASSCO’s v6.0 Certification in Pipeline Assessment and Certification Program (PACP), Manhole Assessment and Certification Program (MACP) and Lateral Assessment and Certification Program (LACP).

Vermeer Texas-Louisiana, a market leader in environmental and construction equipment with 11 locations across Texas and southern Louisiana, celebrated the grand opening of their newly relocated Cypress, TX, store with an open house on Nov. 10. This location replaces the two stores previously located in Humble on FM1960 West and Easthaven Boulevard on the south side of town.

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