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Jim McCullough, CEO and president of CNH Construction, which offers Case, New Holland and Kobelco branded construction equipment, testified on Sept. 29 before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to report on progress thus far of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The China International Trenchless Technology Conference & Exhibition (Trenchless Tech) will be held April 16-17, 2011 in Wuhan, China. Sponsored by the China Society Trenchless Technology and hosted by Shanghai Kexi Cultural Exchange Co., Trenchless Tech is geared for technicians and companies engaged in trenchless technology, pipeline and environmental engineering.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a Clean Water and Drinking Water Infrastructure Sustainability Policy with the goal of increasing the sustainability of water and wastewater infrastructure in the United States. Communities across the country are facing challenges in making costly upgrades and repairs to their aging water infrastructure, which include sewer systems and treatment facilities. The new policy is part of EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's priority to protect America's waters.

Investigators, including the National Transportation Safety Board, are looking at whether repair work on a sewer pipeline close to a gas transmission line was responsible for a deadly explosion that shook a San Bruno, CA, neighborhood on Sept. 9, killing four people and injuring several others.

New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) announced Oct. 22 that it has submitted a filing with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to continue its Accelerated Infrastructure Program (AIP II) and expedite a number of its previously planned replacement, reinforcement and expansion projects. NJNG is proposing to spend approximately $52.2 million on nine additional capital projects in Monmouth, Ocean and Morris counties.

Sewer lines will soon be getting a major overhaul in the city of Fort Worth, TX. The city council approved a $446,192 engineering contract with White Rock Consultants to begin work on the new improvement project. Fort Worth is paying for the project using money already budgeted in the Water and Sewer Fund.

The Northeast Trenchless Association will be hosting its Annual Training and Development Seminar on Jan. 17-19, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Boston North Shore in Danvers, MA. Open to members and non-members, the meeting will include a multi-tract conference session.

CG/LA Infrastructure LLC, the world leader in infrastructure project identification and development, announced recently the release of the top 100 infrastructure projects in North America. The total estimated value of these projects is nearly $465 billion with a potential to create nearly 7 million full-time employment positions over the coming five years.

Black & Veatch has released the results of its sixth 50 Largest Cities Water and Wastewater Rate Survey, a resource for water and wastewater utilities. The survey highlights customer charges for water and sewer service for residential, industrial and commercial customers.

A $7 billion project labor agreement (PLA) was signed Sept.14, by the United Association General President William P. Hite and TransCanada Corporation. In a time when the construction industry is facing record unemployment, this project will create thousands of quality jobs for the well-trained members of the United Association as well as other labor organizations for the construction of the 1,959-mile Keystone Gulf Coast Expansion Pipeline Project (Keystone XL).

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