Freudenberg’s second geotextile line in Russia

August 23, 2010

The Italian roofing insulation company, Freudenberg Politex, has invested $1.6m to install a new geotextile nonwovens line at its plant in Zavolzhie, in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region, according to a press release from the company. The plant’s second line, producing material for the firm’s Drenotex geotextile, is at a capacity of more than 3,000 tonnes …

Building an urban rain garden in Indianapolis

August 19, 2010

Stormwater project benefits from Firestone’s donation Indianapolis-based Firestone Specialty Products Company LLC (FSSP) collaborated with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Inc., Schmidt Associates, and The Athenaeum Foundation this summer to build an environmentally friendly rain garden that serves dual purposes. “Mother Nature has a phenomenal way of cleaning up her surroundings, but she can only do so …

GMA responds to EPA on coal ash issue

August 18, 2010

Mr. Steven Souders Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery United States Environmental Protection Agency 5304P Washington, DC 20460 40 CFR Parts 257, 261, 264 et al. Hazardous and Solid Waste Management System; Identification and Listing of Special Wastes; Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals From Electric Utilities; Proposed Rule Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-RCRA-2009-0640-0352 Environmental Protection and …

Training and certification for geomembrane liner leak location surveyors

August 12, 2010

By Ian Peggs, Ph.D., P.E Introduction The benefits of performing geoelectric leak location or liner integrity surveys (LIS) as the final stage of geomembrane liner construction quality assurance are well established. In fact, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) Division of Solid & Hazardous Materials (DSHM) is proposing regulatory changes to …

“Workshop on Engineered Barrier Performance”

By George Koerner, Ph.D., P.E., CQA The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Offices of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES) and the Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs (FSME) conducted the “Workshop on Engineered Barrier Performance Related to Low-Level Radioactive Waste, Decommissioning, and Uranium Mill Tailings Facilities” Aug. 3-5, 2010, in Rockville, Md. The workshop was …

Strata Geosystems awarded ISO 9001 certification

August 10, 2010

Strata Geosystems India Private Ltd. announced Aug. 10 that its manufacturing plant in Daman, which produces high-tenacity geogrid, was awarded the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System Certificate, by internationally recognized certification body TUV-Nord. That standard is developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). “Strata Geosystems takes its quality performance commitment to customers very seriously,” …

TRI to conduct CQC/CQA courses and mini trade show in Australia

August 9, 2010

TRI Geosynthetics Services will conduct a Construction Quality Assurance (CQA) Training Week, 4-6 Nov., 2010, at Monash University and Extension in Melbourne, Australia. Schedule of events Thursday, 4 Nov., 2010“CQA of Geosynthetics” (including geomembranes, geotextiles, geocomposites, geogrids, geoappurtenances). Following this CQA training, a “mini trade show” will be held in the evening in conjunction with …

14th IGS Council is formed

August 3, 2010

At the 9th International Conference on Geosynthetics (9ICG) in Guarujá, Brazil, the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Council marked the beginning of a new term. During the IGS’s General Assembly May 26, the officers and council members elected to serve for the 2010–2014 term were announced and officially took office. The elected officers are: Jorge G. …

ASTM correction

August 1, 2010

To the editor: I just read the article in June/July Geosynthetics on purging dated test methods and specs. I couldn’t agree more with the article. I still commonly see specifications for NSF-54! I would make one bit of clarification on [this] information. You list ASTM D6214 replacing D4437 and D4545 for PVC. Actually, ASTM D7408 …

Geocell application?

Editor’s Note: A question-and-answer from the GMA Techline article in the April/May 2010 issue of Geosynthetics prompted a follow-up question and this answer. Question RE: Geocell application From: Suprio C. Posted: April 3, 2010 If a layer of geocell is placed on a soft subgrade of say CBR value 1, then what is the method …