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The Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) Scholarship Foundation has announced the following recipients of the scholarship award for 2013:

Exports of U.S.-made construction equipment topped 13 percent in 2012 compared to the previous year for a total $26.7 billion, with South America and Asia reporting the weakest gains, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), citing U.S. Commerce Department data it uses in global markets reports for members.

The Texas Water Development Board has approved financial assistance for water and wastewater system improvements totaling $109,094,303.

Layne Christensen Company recently announced that Layne Heavy Civil will design and construct a wastewater collection and transmission project for the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System in Monroe County, FL. The agreement was signed with the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) which is acting as the program manager on behalf of the Monroe County Commission, which is funding the project.

Gene Suhr, a former director of water and wastewater engineering for CH2M HILL, died Jan. 27 in Vancouver, WA, surrounded by his family. He was 79.

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) is encouraged by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent Memorandum committing to a dialogue with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, NACWA, and other key stakeholders on the financial capability of communities to meet their Clean Water Act (CWA) obligations.

Utilities are concerned about the state of their infrastructure, and these concerns are driving a need for greater use of asset management practices, according to preliminary findings released by McGraw-Hill Construction at the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington, DC.

FMI Corporation, the largest provider of management consulting and investment banking to the engineering and construction industry, announces that they have implemented the Ethical Advocate hotline service as part of the organization’s Ethics and Compliance initiative.

According to the latest forecast from the Portland Cement Association (PCA), there will be an 8.1 percent growth in cement consumption in 2013, significantly higher than the tepid growth projected in its fall 2012 report.

The time to obtain required federal permits from agencies other than the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for interstate natural gas pipeline projects actually has increased since the passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, a law with the stated intent to streamline and expedite federal authorizations for such projects, a new study by the INGAA Foundation finds.

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