EPA releases regulations on coal ash

December 22, 2014

By Boyd Ramsey On Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued rules on the disposal of coal combustion residuals (“coal ash”). These rules take effect 180 days after publication in the Federal Register, but for general intents and purposes will affect geosynthetics users immediately. Overview More information on this topic …

EPA: Coal ash is not hazardous waste

 Opportunities for geosynthetic materials abound The first national regulations regarding the disposal of coal combustion residuals (coal ash) were issued Dec. 19 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In its Dec. 19 press release, the Agency said: “The final rule establishes safeguards to protect communities from coal ash impoundment failures, [such as] the …

India plan includes budget for geosynthetics

December 17, 2014

 Infrastructure projects in country’s northeast region The India Ministry of Textiles announced in a Dec. 16 press release that it has approved a plan, and budget, for using geosynthetic materials in geotechnical and civil engineering projects in the northeast region of the country. Officially called “Scheme for promoting usage of geotechnical textiles in North …

Geosynthetics 2015 update: Travel & hotel

December 5, 2014

 Housing options are open; early bird rates end Jan. 9 Register to attend and book your hotel room now to ensure discounted rates. ConferenceDirect is the only official housing company for the Geosynthetics 2015 conference Feb. 15-18, 2015, in Portland, Ore. Booking your hotel room with a company other than ConferenceDirect may result in …

In memoriam: Dr. Joseph Scott Thornton Jr.

December 3, 2014

 Joseph Scott Thornton Jr. (Scott) died Nov. 23, 2014, at his home in Austin, Texas, at the age of 78. He was the founder and only president of Austin-based TRI. A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 12, 3 p.m., at 9225 Bee Cave Road, Building A, 3rd Floor, with a reception to …

Steve Matthew joins Seaman Corp. BoD

December 2, 2014

 Contributions in company’s sales and marketing. Wooster, Ohio-based geomembrane manufacturer, Seaman Corp., announced in a Dec. 1 press release the appointment of Steve Matthew to its board of directors, effective Nov. 11, 2014. He is a member of the board’s Innovation and Technology Committee and the Finance and Audit Committee. Matthew is president of …

Annual Spec Guide ushers in 2015

December 1, 2014

By Ron Bygness Another year, another Specifier’s Guide—for more than a quarter century the gold standard of geosynthetics specifications for engineers, public and private construction, and education. If you missed it, let’s take a look back at Geosynthetics magazine 2014, highlighted here by each issue: February/March Lance Carter and Michael Bernardi write an insightful geosynthetics …

Butyl acquires Landline; workforce up 50 percent

 Geomembrane fabrication, installation featured. Butyl Products Group, based in Billericay, Essex, England, announced in a Nov. 26 press release that is has acquired Landline Ltd. The company’s new trading name is Butek Landline. According to the release, the company now has a diverse portfolio that includes liners and geomembranes for ponds, lakes, lagoons, reservoirs, …