“Designing With Geosynthetics” 6th edition is now available

January 31, 2012

By Bob Koerner Thirty years ago while contemplating “Designing With Geosynthetics,” I never dreamed that there would be a sixth edition and yet here we are but not without some major changes. Back in the 1980s, I had experience with writing textbooks for all of the major technical book publications (John Wiley and Sons, McGraw-Hill, …

World’s largest lagoon liner

Called “the world’s largest lagoon lining,” a 350-acre geomembrane liner project was completed last year in Kazakhstan. A giant lagoon facility in Kazakhstan—1,400,000 square meters (350 acres)—designed to contain process liquid waste for an oil company, was completed after seven months of on-site work. The fast-track program was installed by England-based Geosynthetic Technology Ltd. (GT), …

Leister reorganized

January 23, 2012

Swiss manufacturer now a holding structure with three independent, limited companies Leister Process Technologies, the Switzerland-based plastic welding and hot air equipment manufacturer, has reorganized from a sole proprietorship to a holding structure consisting of three independent, limited companies, with Leister AG as the holding company, according to a Jan. 18 press release. Since its …

Environmental groups sue EPA over coal ash

January 19, 2012

By Ron Bygness A coalition of environmental groups is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the goal of speeding new safeguards for coal-ash disposal. In its lawsuit, the coalition claims the EPA has declined for decades to enact regulations to declare coal ash as hazardous waste or to update testing methods. If the …

NAGS/GMA Short Course—”Geosynthetics in Roadways”

January 18, 2012

Northern California: March 6-7, 2012 Hilton Garden Inn Roseville 1951 Taylor Road Roseville, California Register here for the Northern California Short Course Southern California: March 8-9, 2012 (Meeting space donated by Leighton & Associates) 17781 Cowan Irvine, California Register here for the Southern California Short Course The 1.5-day (9 PDHs) short course “Geosynthetics in Roadways” …

Crown joins GMA’s Executive Council

January 13, 2012

By Andrew Aho At our meeting on Jan. 23, 2012, we will welcome the newest member of the GMA Executive Council—Crown Resources of Toccoa, Ga. A manufacturer of woven and nonwoven geotextiles, Crown is led by industry veterans, Monte Thomas and Keith Gardner. We look forward to their expertise, ideas, and energy. Join me in …

Layfield acquires Canwest

Spray-applied service adds to company’s portfolio Edmonton-based Layfield Environmental Systems Ltd.—a division of the Layfield Group—has acquired Canwest Protective Coatings Ltd., of Red Deer, Alberta, according to a Jan. 12 press release. Canwest is a spray-applied liner application service that Layfield adds to its portfolio of environmental containment products and services. According to the release, …

U.S. Transportation secretary announces $1.6 billion for roads, bridges

January 12, 2012

Supplemental funding from Congress makes reimbursement possible Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced in a press release this week that nearly $1.6 billion is headed to states across the nation to help cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by a variety of natural disasters. “Communities from coast to coast are still recovering from …

Geosynthetics at the Onondaga Lake cleanup

January 10, 2012

Largest geotextile tube project in U.S. As a result of more than a century of industrial activity on the shores of Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, N.Y., the lake’s sediments have been contaminated with chemicals and heavy metals such as lead, cobalt, and mercury. Due to this contamination, Onondaga Lake and related upland sites were added …

Three years after Kingston spill: Toxic coal ash dumping continues to rise in U.S.

January 6, 2012

10 states account for three-quarters of disposal in ash ponds: Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio Most U.S. surface impoundments are not lined A Jan. 5 press release from the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) noted that three years after the coal ash reservoir rupture and spill in Kingston, Tenn., the …