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Civil engineering in the papers today - Monday 2 February 2009

Treacherous travel conditions were predicted for much of Britain today as forecasters said that eastern and southern England would see the heaviest snowfalls...

...Meteorologists described the conditions as an extreme weather event and advised motorists to check the roads before leaving home - The Times

The heaviest snow for two decades moved into Britain on a freezing easterly wind last night after gathering strength over the North Sea. Falls of up to 100mm are predicted initially on the south east coast and inland as far as London before the storm heads north. The Met Office said it was classifying today's expected snowfall as an "extreme weather event" - The Guardian

The wave of strikes that swept the UK last week is expected to escalate today with thousands more employees planning walkouts in protest at the exclusion of British workers from construction contracts. The centre of last week's dispute, Total's Lindsey refinery on the Humber estuary, will again be the focal point, with workers from around the country pledging to join the 500 wildcat strikers who gathered outside the desulpherisation plant on Friday - The Guardian

Britain is braced for more wildcat strikes after a day of confusion in the government that failed to resolve the row over foreign workers. Up to 1,000 construction workers at Sellafield, the nuclear reprocessing facility, will decide today whether to join the walkout over building jobs, which unions claim are being handed straight to overseas workers - The Times

Ministers have ordered an investigation into allegations that companies are using loopholes in European law to exclude British workers from construction jobs in this country. Trade unions have claimed that skilled British workers are being barred from applying for jobs with firms using obscure European law, such as legal rulings on the Postal Services Directive, to justify their behaviour - The Daily Telegraph

The most senior figure in nuclear safety has defended the regulation of an atomic power station barely 50 miles from the centre of London that leaked radioactive material for 14 years. Mike Weightman, chief inspector at the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate, said it was not possible to "inspect or check every feature of a complex plant" - The Guardian

Carol Vorderman, the former host of Countdown, is to head a Conservative Party task force analysing the teaching of mathematics across Britain. She will look at teaching methods, how to address people's "fear" of the subject and whether tests have got easier - The Daily Telegraph

Senior Republican senators on Saturday called for additional tax cuts and other big changes in the $884bn (£610bn) economic stimulus package proposed by the Obama administration. Mitch McConnell, Republican leader in the Senate, said that with Democrats as well as Republicans in the Senate concerned at the House of Representatives’ version of the bill, changes would have to be made. “We ought to go right at the housing problem and right at tax relief to put money in the hands of consumers who can spend it now,” he told CBS - Financial Times

The price of carbon dioxide in the European Union has fallen so low it no longer provides an incentive to low-carbon development, and seems unlikely to do so in the near future. Permits to emit the gas, issued by the EU’s emissions trading scheme (Euets), have tested record lows in the past two weeks and now trade at about £10.42, according to analyst Point Carbon - Financial Times

The global steel industry faces a difficult two years with a likely 10% fall in demand this year followed by virtually zero growth in 2010, according to Bruno Bolfo, chairman and owner of Duferco, the world’s biggest steel trading company. The comments by Mr Bolfo – whose Switzerland-based company also has a joint venture in steel manufacturing with Novolipetsk, the Russian steelmaker – are the gloomiest remarks about the state of the industry by any senior steel executive during the current downturn - Financial Times

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