Canada is prepared to begin talks with the U.S. later this year about procurement issues on non-federal contracts, says Peter Van Loan, minister of international trade. The provision for such talks was part of a U.S.-Canada pact signed in February that deals with “Buy American” issues. Van Loan says he “indicated clearly” in an April 22 meeting with U.S. Trade Rep. Ron Kirk “that we’re prepared to go ahead with those discussions in the second half of this calendar year.” Van Loan says the pact gives Canada a waiver of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s “Buy American” requirements in
Arch dams, classically curved monoliths situated in narrow valleys, are not as common as other types of dams, such as embankment dams and gravity dams. ENR takes a look at some of the biggest arch dams in the world, both completed and under construction.