In another move to cut back on regulations, President Trump has directed federal agencies to set up task forces, with an eye to canceling or changing rules that officials find too restrictive. A construction contractor group praised the action, but environmental organizations objected to it.
In an executive order signed on Feb. 24, Trump said the task forces should target rules “for repeal, replacement or modification” that meet any of several criteria, including inhibiting job creation or having costs that are greater than benefits. Starting 90 days after the date of the directive, each task force is to report on steps taken toward meeting the order’s goals.
Because it can moderate the damaging effects of earthquakes, base-isolation is a technique used primarily in seismically active regions. ENR takes a look at some of the largest applications of base-isolation technologies in the world.