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Duke Energy Progress’ demolition specialist have imploded the smokestacks at the retired H.F. Lee Steam Plant as part of the company’s ongoing effort to transition to cleaner energy sources.

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The OTIS, designed and implemented by Green Mountain College’s REED class, is a mere 70 sq.ft, but manages to include amenities such as indoor plumbing and electricity. When it comes to building a living space, how small can you go? Three years ago, professor Lucas Brown’s students in Green Mountain College’s Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) class built a custom-designed tiny house, a 96 sq.ft. structure with a sleeping loft “upstairs” and a 300-watt solar powered electrical system.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered Olivet Management LLC to stop all work that could disturb asbestos at its facility, The Olivet Center in Dover, New York.

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by MARK HENRICKS

In March 2006, U.S. spending on construction peaked at an annual rate of $1.2 trillion dollars. By February 2011, as the global financial crisis worked its way through the economy, that figure had slumped to barely $750 billion. Construction and demolition recycling generally tracks spending on construction, so for C&D recyclers that five-year period was largely one of unrelieved cutbacks.

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