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 …

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 …

FHWA’s Innovator newsletter highlights geosynthetic reinforced soil bridge building

October 23, 2014

Expanding the use of GRS–IBS Eight innovations are new to Every Day Counts, but three are carried over from earlier rounds of the FHWA initiative because the need to expand their implementation continues. They include … geosynthetic reinforced soil integrated bridge systems (GRS-IBS). Geosynthetic reinforced soil integrated bridge systems use alternating layers of compacted granular …

Water, water, water

October 1, 2014

By Ron Bygness Eight years ago, I interviewed Ernie English. At that time, Ernie was with GSE and was the chairman of the Geosynthetic Materials Association’s Executive Council. I asked him several questions about the state of the geosynthetics industry, about market opportunities, about some historical perspectives. Then I asked Ernie about the future for …

Educate the Educators

August 1, 2014

By Ron Bygness The Professor Training Course for Geosynthetics (aka, Educate the Educators) was a successful educational effort that ran for one week each summer, 1994–1998, at Auburn University in Alabama under the direction of Prof. Dave Elton. A reinvigorated plan to launch a 21st century version of this course is gaining momentum, thanks primarily …

Landfills, landfills, landfills …

July 11, 2014

EPA ups methane capture requirement Next step: A new energy source With the EPA‘s recent announcement that new landfills will be required to capture two-thirds of their methane and toxic air emissions by 2023 (13% more than current requirements)—see our previous post on this subject—the Obama Administration is taking another step to lower greenhouse gas …

EPA updates to reduce methane from new landfills

July 3, 2014

By Ron Bygness As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan—Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed in a July 1 press release updates to its air standards for new municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. The release continued: “These updates would require certain landfills to capture additional landfill gas, which …

What’s the word in WRRDA?

June 1, 2014

By Ron Bygness Geosynthetics! That’s the word all right! For the first time in U.S. history, the phrase “use of geosynthetic materials” is included in an official, passed-by-the-House, passed-by-the-Senate, signed-by-the-president, United-States-of-America law. You can read it yourself right here in the new Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA) section titled “Use of innovative materials”: …

Geosynthetics and infrastructure

May 15, 2014

Whither the geosynthetic products, applications, and services? White House official says: The Obama administration will intensify its efforts to get Congress to pass legislation that pays for roads and bridge repair. Money for roads and bridges? New York—The latest example is his campaign urging Congress to immediately approve more funds for highway and bridge repairs. …

Geosynthetic reinforced soil system for bridge building

April 25, 2014

Pennsylvania’s State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) has several success stories to brag about, including geosynthetic reinforced soil integrated bridge systems (GRS-IBS). But a clear benefit of the group, according to Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch, is that it shows taxpayers that the highway agency and its stakeholders are working to use tax dollars efficiently and …