AASHTO launches high-speed rail site

In light of the White House's January announcement that 21 states and the Northeast Corridor will receive high-speed and passenger rail grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has launched a new Web site to track statewide allocation. Visit www.highspeed-rail.org for news and best practices as well as links to other Web sites.

EPA recognizes landfill methane projects

The U.S. EPA's Landfill Methane Outreach Program has recognized several landfill methane capture projects. Projects of the Year were given to the Jefferson City, Mo., Renewable Energy Project; the Altamont Landfill Resource and Recovery Facility, Livermore, Calif.; Ox Mountain LFG Energy Project, Half Moon Bay, Calif.; Sioux Falls (S.D.) Landfill & Poet LFG Pipeline; and the Winder Renewable Methane Project, Winder, Ga. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment was named State Partner of the Year, and the Community Partner of the Year was awarded to the Kent County Department of Public Works, Byron Center, Mich.

WEF joins with onsite wastewater group

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA) are collaborating on training, promoting new applications for onsite and natural treatment systems, and lobbying for consistent regulation for effective management and oversight. The partnership brings together the industry source for centralized wastewater treatment education and the national organization representing decentralized treatment systems. NOWRA staff and offices will relocate to WEF's Alexandria, Va.-based headquarters by spring.

SWANA concerned about proposed rule

The Solid Waste Association of North America says that the U.S. EPA's proposed Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Title V Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule would be cost-prohibitive for small solid waste disposal facilities. The rule targets facilities with emissions of more than 25,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents annually. It would require them to obtain permits that would demonstrate they are using best-available control technologies.

Missouri highway fatalities lowest since 1950

For the fourth year in a row, Missouri has seen a decrease in highway fatalities. Currently the number stands at 871 in 2009, almost 100 less than in 2008 and 31% less than in 2005, which saw more than 1,000 fatalities. Missouri DOT credits the decrease to the combined efforts — including law enforcement, education, emergency medical services, and road engineering enhancements — of highway safety advocates in the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety.

New conference for project owners

Virginia DOT, New York City Transit, MassPort, and other leading capital construction project owners will share their future plans and priorities at Owners Forum 2010, a new Construction Management Association of America conference that takes place May 2 – 4 in Atlanta. The conference connects owners with construction management service providers as they discuss best practices, current issues, and future needs. Visit www.cmaanet.org/owners-forum-2010.

Green building retrofit guide available

Existing buildings account for 40% of U.S. carbon emissions, according to the Urban Land Institute. Retrofitting Office Buildings to be Green and Energy-Efficient includes several case studies illustrating how lowering electricity demands and reducing fuel costs in green building retrofits will help reduce building emissions to 30%. The guide is available at www.uli.org.