The International Trade Commission forecasts that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement would have a moderately positive impact on the US economy, but it holds potential disruptions for supply chains, writes Rajesh Kalidindi. Supply chain professionals "must prepare to face additional pressures to ensure supply lines and negotiate new savings in the supply chain," he writes.
Uber has raised $1 billion for its Advanced Technologies Group, its autonomous vehicle division, ahead of its initial public offering next month. SoftBank, Toyota and DENSO led the round, which values the division at $7.25 billion.
The Justice Department has asked the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court's November ruling that prevented work on the $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline. Trump administration attorneys argue the government-issued permit granted to TransCanada in March renders the court's direction for further environmental study moot.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has greenlighted construction of Tellurian's $30 billion Driftwood liquefied natural gas export facility in Louisiana and Sempra Energy's LNG export facility in Texas. Neither company has made a final investment decision.
Attorneys general from 14 states and the District of Columbia have voiced their opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to narrow the interpretation of what constitutes a navigable waterway protected under the Waters of the US rule, arguing it would eliminate protections for half the country's wetlands. However, a separate, 17-state group believes the proposed change would benefit landowners and farmers.
Repairs to two cracked girders at the Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco have begun and are expected to be finished by early June. The hub's architecture firm has confirmed Transbay Joint Powers Authority will pay it $2 million to conduct a comprehensive review of the building's structural integrity.
A San Diego trade organization and four North American cities won the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge and will receive a year of access to technology experts and to an online portal for best practices. The groups proposed initiatives ranging from high-tech solutions for the opioid crisis to improved access to digital services.
Green building requirements have a positive effect on construction because they encourage developers and contractors to exceed minimum building standards, Joe Snider writes. The US Green Building Council's LEED program was meant to be a higher standard than codes and improve over time while emphasizing sustainability, he says.
Offshore wind offers great promise for renewable energy, but current turbine models largely do not effectively factor in the risk of a major hurricane, says Sanjay Raja Arwade, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is collaborating with other universities to develop better models to improve design codes that make offshore wind safe and effective.
Tolls are increasing on the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge connecting Canada and the US. The last toll-rate increase for the bridge occurred in 2006, and more funds are needed to pay for maintenance on the bridge.
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