UPDATE: IAA deadline is today!

June 30, 2014

Deadline for 2014 International Achievement Awards (IAAs) is June 30 By Ron Bygness UPDATE (6/30/2014): The deadline for entries in the 2014 International Achievement Awards is today! — June 30, 2014. The deadline for entries in the 2014 International Achievement Awards, sponsored by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), is fast approaching—June 30, 2014. For …

N.C. Senate bill demands coal ash cleanup

June 26, 2014

Dan River disaster prompts bipartisan call to action The North Carolina Senate passed a bill Tuesday, June 24, intended to close every unlined coal ash facility in the state. The preliminary action on this bill passed 45-0. The bill would set a 15-year deadline (2029) for dewatering and closing all unlined coal ash ponds in …

Flooding, landslides hit the Twin Cities

June 24, 2014

Geotextile installed at hospital site The Minnesota twin cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul have experienced a series of landslides in the wake of ongoing flooding in the area last week. Work crews are now monitoring the mudslide that occurred near the University of Minnesota Medical Center on the campus’ west bank of the Mississippi River. Debris …

Next up: Transportation

June 17, 2014

Focus on Highway Trust Fund and MAP-21 funding With the newly enacted water bill (WRRDA) now in the rear-view mirror, some familiar players and some newcomers are focusing their attention on U.S. transportation legislation. Congressional WRRDA supporters, including Rep. Bill Shuster and Sen. David Vitter, are now key players in the current transportation discussions. According …

GSE moves forward with Chapter 11 reorganization

June 13, 2014

Geosynthetics manufacturer’s disclosure statement approved Houston-based GSE Environmental Inc. announced in a June 12 press release that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware has approved the company’s Disclosure Statement filed in connection with a proposed Joint Plan of Reorganization. The court’s approval of the Disclosure Statement allows GSE to begin a voting …

In memoriam: Geosynthetics pioneer, Gianmario Beretta

June 12, 2014

Tenax founder had ‘boundless passion and enthusiasm’ Gianmario Beretta, founder of the Tenax Group, was killed May 28 in an aviation glider accident in Northern Italy. He had been at the helm of Tenax for several decades. A pioneer in plastics production, Beretta developed innovative geosynthetic materials for use in civil engineering projects and for …

‘Geosynthetics’ now in U.S. law

June 10, 2014

WRRDA signed by President Obama Tuesday morning President Obama this morning signed into law the Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA). Geosynthetics language was included in the final bill, which had passed with large bipartisan support in both the U.S. House and Senate in May. A GMA priority Included in WRRDA is the first-ever …

Profile, American Excelsior announce partnership

June 6, 2014

Product line expansion, international opportunities offered. Profile Products LLC and American Excelsior Co. Inc. announced in a June 5 press release their international sales and marketing partnership. The partnership provides Profile with a full line of turf reinforcements mats, and erosion control and turf establishment blankets; American Excelsior gains an opportunity to expand its market …

Tensar expands distribution partnership with ACF

June 4, 2014

Three new locations in Delaware, Maryland. Atlanta-based Tensar International announced in a June 4 press release that it has extended its exclusive partnership with ACF Environmental into the Maryland and Delaware markets. The expanded territory allows for increased exposure in that region and greater availability of Tensar geogrids, according to the release. ACF, a distributor …

IECA, WEF announce memorandum of understanding

June 2, 2014

Two groups to cooperate on stormwater, erosion control issues The International Erosion Control Association Region (IECA) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced in a May 28 press release their new memorandum of understanding (MOU). According to the release, “The purpose of this agreement is to establish and recognize the two organizations’ common interests in …