On December 27th , ACT Engineers work on a small bay island off Ocean City, called Shooting Island, for a project that reinforces existing islands that act as buffers against storm surges. (l-r) Director of Environmental Services Junetta Dix and Professional Engineer Travis Merritts discussing the project details with a map of the area.

ACT Engineers Inc., an environmental consulting firm headquartered in Robbinsville, is opening a new location in the Marmora section of Upper Township and will host open house events Thursday and Friday.

ACT merged with Junetta N. Dix Consulting Inc. in late 2018 to expand its South Jersey presence. The 28-employee firm offers civil engineering, marine and land surveying, environmental services, construction management, landscape design and public outreach.

Local projects include the shoreline restoration of Ocean City’s 150-acre Shooting Island for flood resiliency, as well as Ocean City’s long range dredging program.

“Being a ‘boots on the ground’ company, enhancing our southern New Jersey base will provide better access for our equipment and staff to the projects, clients and communities we serve. Our new Marmora office and equipment shop is a great location for our personnel who have been operating locally for almost 30 years,” President and Principal Engineer Robert Korkuch said in a statement.

The open house events will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 7 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at 320 South Shore Rd, Suite D.

FCC says at least one phone company facing possible federal penalties: At least one U.S. phone company likely broke the law by sharing data that can pinpoint the location of smartphone users, the Federal Communications Commission said Friday.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a letter to Congress that one or more wireless companies apparently violated federal law and could be subject to penalties. He didn’t name any companies but said the commission would decide soon on enforcement actions, now that the agency has completed an investigation.

The FCC’s enforcement bureau began investigating last year following 2018 reports that U.S. wireless providers were selling real-time phone location information to outside data aggregation firms without phone users’ knowledge or consent.

The reports led the four major companies, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, to pledge to stop providing users’ location information to data brokers, stepping back from a business practice that had drawn criticism for endangering privacy.

A statement Friday by FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said the safety and privacy of millions of Americans was at risk and “it’s a shame that it took so long for the FCC to reach a conclusion that was so obvious.” Rosenworcel is a Democrat; Republicans have a 3-2 majority at the agency.

“For just a few hundred dollars, shady middlemen could sell your location within a few hundred meters based on your wireless phone data,” she said. “It’s chilling to consider what a black market could do with this data.”

Vermont governor vetoes family leave bill: Gov. Phil Scott on Friday vetoed a bill that would have guaranteed workers as many as 12 weeks of paid family leave, saying he opposed the $29 million payroll tax to fund what would be a mandatory program.

The Republican governor said he would progress with his voluntary paid family and medical leave program.

Year after catastrophic fire, Marcal paper plant reopens: A Bergen County paper plant is operating again, a year after a massive fire destroyed most of it.

Gov. Phil Murphy was among the guests Friday at the Marcal plant in Elmwood Park for a ceremony at one of the few buildings that wasn’t leveled by the January 2019 fire.

“We need to get back to work,” Marcal CEO Rob Baron told The Record on Friday.

Marcal’s resumption of operations was made possible through a merger with Lewistown, Pennsylvania-based Nittany Paper Mills.

Investigators conducted more than 100 interviews and concluded that the fire started in a building where large rolls of paper were stored, but they have been unable to determine the cause due to the extensive damage. The fire destroyed 30 of 36 buildings as well as Marcal’s familiar red sign visible from Interstate 80. Demolition at the site began last August. About 500 people lost their jobs.

— Associated Press




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