GMA shares government relations plan at TRB

January 31, 2011

Geosynthetics committee hears initiatives for transportation, coal ash Editor’s note: The following statement was presented by GMA managing director Andrew Aho to the Geosynthetics Committee at the Transportation Research Board’s 90th Annual Meeting Jan. 25 in Washington, D.C. Mr. Chairman, thank you for giving me a few minutes on your agenda to share with your …

Miller Weldmaster hits the road with ‘Roadshow’

January 27, 2011

The Miller Roadshow, a traveling exhibit by Miller Weldmaster, is set to begin its 2011 itinerary in Florida, according to a press release from the company. The peripatetic Roadshow is actually a tradeshow that goes to MW’s customers and would-be customers. Eric Helmick is the Roadshow tech who offers advice and demonstrates the company’s machines. …

CETCO promotion for new technical sales manager

CETCO has promoted Tom DePrince to the position of technical sales manager in its Mid-Atlantic Region for company’s lining technologies product line, it announced in a January press release. As a TSM, DePrince is responsible for sales efforts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee and will continue to …

IFAI launches new website

January 20, 2011

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has launched a new website to better serve its members and the specialty fabrics industry as a whole. The site features an event calendar, news blog, news feeds from the association’s seven magazine websites, revamped bookstore and a new Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) page. Non-members can easily join the …

Movement afoot that EPA will regulate coal ash as non-hazardous waste

January 13, 2011

As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reviews comments submitted regarding its plans to regulate coal-ash waste, industry groups say they are optimistic that the agency will ultimately favor less-stringent non-hazardous regulations, according to January news reports. Evidence includes an ongoing tussle between EPA and the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) plus opposition to a …

CETCO hires Dennis Grubb

January 12, 2011

CETCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of AMCOL Intl. Corp., has added Dennis G. Grubb, Ph.D., P.E. to the newly created dual directorship of Environmental Technology and Sustainable Geotechnics. In a Jan. 10 press release, the company said that “Grubb will expand CETCO’s capabilities to assist clients with leveraging opportunities related to the beneficial reuse of …

Tensar announces geogrid price increases

January 11, 2011

Tensar International Corp.’s prices for its subgrade improvement and road base reinforcement geogrids are going up effective Feb. 15, according to a press release from the company. The price hikes come as a result of higher polymer raw material costs, the company said. “Polymer cost increases have continued throughout 2010,” explained Robert Vevoda, Tensar president. …

LA moving ahead with stormwater ordinance

January 10, 2011

The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously approved a Low Impact Development (LID) ordinance developed by the city’s Bureau of Sanitation at the direction of the Board of Public Works (BPW). The proposed ordinance is now with the city attorney’s office for review and will come back to the City Council for adoption later this …

Activists say EPA coal ash analysis flawed—benefits of recycling overstated

January 7, 2011

As stakeholders battle over how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should regulate coal ash, environmental groups have accused the agency of overstating the benefits of ash recycling as an argument against designating it a hazardous waste. Cost-benefit figures included in the EPA’s rulemaking proposal estimate that coal-ash recycling is worth about $23 billion a year. …

Improvements planned for English surf reef

January 6, 2011

Improvements to Europe’s first artificial surf reef could be complete this spring, following an agreement struck with the company that built it, according to a news release datelined from Dorset, England. The reef, which was built with geotextile bags and tubes and designed to enhance waves off Boscombe in Dorset, on England’s southern coast, has …