EPA offers Clean Water Rule explanations

May 29, 2015

“To protect streams and wetlands critical to public health and economy” The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) leads off its May 27 press release regarding the finalized Clean Water Rule with this quote: “[It] does not create any new permitting requirements and maintains all previous exemptions and exclusions.” The EPA and U.S. Army finalized the …

Platte River Equity acquires Profile Products

May 28, 2015

Denver-based Platte River Equity announced in a May 26 press release that it has acquired Profile Products LLC in partnership with the existing management team. Headquartered in Buffalo Grove, Ill., Profile Products develops, manufactures and markets products designed to minimize soil loss and accelerate seed germination for private and civil construction, energy, mining, landfill, agriculture, …

U.S. House and Senate pass transportation funding patch

May 27, 2015

Last weekend, the U.S. Senate passed a legislative patch to extend transportation funding through July. In a May 23 voice vote just before the Senate broke for the Memorial Day holiday, senators approved the patch to extend the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) for two more months. The Senate vote followed the passage of the patch …

Raven launches new geomembrane product line

May 20, 2015

Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Raven Industries announced in a May 20 press release the launch of a new flexible geomembrane product line designed to provide containment solutions for the energy and environmental sectors. Produced by the company’s Engineered Films Division, HydraFlex Containment Solutions is the newest addition to the Raven product line and includes several targeted …

Geo names on the move

May 13, 2015

Carter, Eichelberger, Fox now in new positions By Ron Bygness Three well-known veterans in the geosynthetics community have moved into new positions. Lance Carter was recently named chief engineer at ERS Design Build LLC in Woodstock, Ga.; Chris Eichelberger is now vice president/corporate technical marketing with Georgetown, S.C.-based Agru America Inc.; and Patrick Fox is …

FHWA collects new data to bolster bridge inspections

May 7, 2015

Program calls for greater detail on bridge conditions In an April 27 press release, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will begin collecting new data that will help the agency more closely monitor bridge conditions throughout the nation. The new program calls for state departments of transportation to provide …

Duke Energy to build fully lined coal ash landfills

May 5, 2015

Excavation and lined closures of ash basins by 2019 Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke Energy announced in an April 29 press release that it plans to build two “fully lined” coal ash containment landfills for storing millions of tons of coal ash from two North Carolina power plants. The landfills will “be built on plant property using …