infrastructure News

Major Outage Forces Puerto Rico to Shutter Schools, Offices

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — More than a million customers in Puerto Rico remained without electricity on Thursday after a fire at a main power plant caused the biggest blackout so far this year across the U.S. territory, forcing …

Climate Change Has St. Cloud Officials Worried About Floods

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Local officials and area representatives gathered recently in a sunroom by Lake George to discuss the need to invest in local infrastructure as more frequent and heavy rain events caused by climate change strain aging …

Investigators Vow to Put Collapsed Bridge Under ‘Microscope’

PITTSBURGH (AP)–Federal investigators on Saturday vowed to put a collapsed bridge in a Pittsburgh park “under a microscope” as they examine evidence, including video from a municipal bus that plummeted along the span, prompting rescuers to rappel down a ravine …

US House Panel to Hold Hearing on Autonomous Vehicles

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House panel will hold a hearing next week on self-driving vehicles, even as a push in Congress to speed deployment of autonomous vehicles has stalled. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s subcommittee on highways and transit …

US Unveils Plan to Improve Cyber Defenses For Water Utilities

WASHINGTON–The White House on Thursday unveiled a plan to beef up cybersecurity in the nation’s water sector, an extension of its efforts to thwart attacks against critical infrastructure including electricity and natural gas pipeline operators. Senior administration officials said water …

Stormy Weather Prompts Egypt to Close Some Classes, Ports

CAIRO (AP) — Stormy weather has prompted Egyptian authorities to suspend classes Monday in the capital of Cairo and a handful of other provinces as a precautionary measure. Authorities also closed the ports in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and …

Mapfre to Make $983.8M Pay-Out Over Colombia Dam

BOGOTA — Spanish insurer Mapfre on Friday signed a contract to make a $983.8 million contingency pay-out to Colombia’s Empresas Publicas de Medellin (EPM) over issues with the construction of the massive Hidroituango dam. The funds will guarantee that the …

New Lead Testing Method Could Reveal Higher Levels in Water

ST. LOUIS (AP) — For years, testing of the tap water in an upscale Detroit suburb showed the city was in the clear. Then residents got a notice seemingly out of the blue: Their water could be contaminated with elevated …

Corps of Engineers Considers Nature-Based Flood Control

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is known for damming rivers and building levees to keep waterways at bay. But a new initiative seeks natural flood control solutions as climate change brings increasingly frequent and severe weather events that test …

U.S. Cyber Chief Says ‘Cyber Bullets’ Are Part of War on Hacks

The U.S. government should be prepared to fire “cyber bullets” in response to significant hacking attacks as part of a comprehensive strategy to dissuade adversaries, National Cyber Director Chris Inglis said. President Joe Biden has been receptive to proposals to …