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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has released a broad assessment of the costs and benefits to modernize the U.S. electricity system and deploy what has become known as “the smart grid.”

Natural gas explosions, electrocutions, power outages and damaged communication lines are all hazardous disasters resulting from sewer contractors clearing out unknown cross bored sewer lines.

The city of Dubuque, IA, has agreed to pay a $205,000 civil penalty and spend an additional $3 million on improvements to its water pollution control plant and sewer collection system over the next three years to settle a series of alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

John Deere Construction & Forestry was recently awarded the Common Ground Alliance’s (CGA) prestigious President’s Corporate Award of Excellence for promoting the Alliance and the 811 “call-before-you-dig” safety program.

Angus W. Stocking, L.S.

The Sabine River Authority (SRA) of Texas was created in 1949 to equitably distribute the waters of the Sabine River and its tributaries. As part of this distribution, “We provide surface water to eleven industrial customers, such as Conoco and Louisiana Pigment, for cooling and processing,” says SRA Facility Manager Mike Carr.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Mesa Verde National Park is located in the relatively isolated southwestern corner of Colorado, near Durango. More than 1,000 years ago, the area was home to Pueblo-dwelling people, and the park contains more than 4,000 archeological sites -- including 600 cliff dwellings -- which are among the most notable and best preserved in the United States.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

While the overall market recovery for horizontal directional drilling appears to be improving at the mid-year point of 2011, many contractors are still struggling with sluggish economic conditions.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

Increasingly, horizontal directional drilling contractors come from every walk of underground construction life. Gas and oil pipelines, telecom, electric and gas distribution were the early adopters of the technology. But as the rigs and affiliated add-ons/complimentary equipment evolved, other underground niches have steadily became believers in the technology.

Officials from the Obama administration are discussing whether the administration should review the data being used to support a forthcoming Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) assessment that could label formaldehyde as a carcinogen in the wake of industry and other concerns, including a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) panel that criticized similar EPA claims.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

H&H Enterprises is a HDD contractor specializing in rock with 15 years of experience working primarily in the Northeastern United States.

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