Geosynthetics 2015 conference ‘best in 10 years’

February 25, 2015

IFAI/IECA partnership a big success in Portland The Roseville, Minn.-based Industrial Fabrics Association International hosted its Geosynthetics 2015 conference, co-located with the International Erosion Control Association’s Environmental Connection conference, February 15–18, 2015, in Portland, Ore. In a Feb. 24 press release, IFAI described the biennial Geosynthetics conference and exhibition as “exploring advances and innovations shaping …

Duke Energy to pay $102.2 million

February 24, 2015

Duke settled following Dan River disaster last year Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke Energy Corp. has agreed to settle charges that it violated the federal Clean Water Act by spilling coal ash into the Dan River in North Carolina last year. The company will pay $102.2 million in penalties and restitution. Last week, the U.S. Department of …

Profile introduces topsoil alternative

February 23, 2015

Establishing vegetation in poor soil conditions In a Feb. 19 press release, Buffalo Grove, Ill.-based Profile Products introduced ProGanics, a patent-pending media intended to help establish sustainable vegetation in difficult conditions. The release stated: “ProGanics is a sustainable solution designed for any project where soils have low organic matter, low nutrient levels, and limited biological …

Mount Polley mining pond disaster investigation

February 12, 2015

Poor design ’loaded the gun,‘ steep slope ’pulled the trigger’ By Ron Bygness Building an unlined tailings pond over a weak foundation was step one leading to a disastrous dam breach that unleashed millions of cubic meters of sludge into adjacent lakes and rivers in south-central British Columbia, Canada. The widespread destruction occurred in the …

Raven offers new online learning course

February 6, 2015

“Critical elements in specifying underslab moisture & gas barriers” Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Raven Industries’ Engineered Films Division announced in a Feb. 3 press release that it now offers a new, free online distance learning course approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA CES). The course, “Critical elements in specifying underslab moisture …

New video from IGS: ‘Geosynthetics for Sustainable Development’

February 4, 2015

How geosynthetics are part of the sustainability conversation The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) announced in a Jan. 27 press release the availability of its new video: “Geosynthetics for Sustainable Development.” The video produced by the IGS Education Committee, asks the question: “What defines quality of life?” The release said: “It’s a question that is being …

Aria Energy, Casella Waste to develop renewable energy project at Maine landfill

February 3, 2015

4.8MW landfill gas-to-energy for 4,800 homes Novi, Mich.-based Aria Energy announced in a Jan. 30 press release that it will partner with Casella Waste Systems to develop, construct, own and operate a 4.8MW landfill gas-to-energy project at the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town, Maine. According to the release, the facility, which will utilize methane …

HNY to all

February 1, 2015

By Ron Bygness Special Happy New Year (HNY) greetings are in order for our many readers, contributors, and colleagues involved with geosynthetics and Geosynthetics magazine. And HNY for all of our acronym friends who especially stood out in 2014: HNY, EPA—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was told by the court to finally issue its ruling …

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Design considerations

By Richard Thiel, Edward Kavazanjian Jr., and Xuan Wu Introduction Figure 1 shows a conceptual cross section of a landfill sideslope, including final grades at the end of waste placement and the ultimate grades due to the settlement that occurs following the end of waste placement. Settlement at any point in the landfill will be …

Expanding the geosynthetics market

By Lucie Passus Lobby Day Fall 2014 Despite a shakeup in the U.S. Congress following the November 2014 midterm elections, GMA Lobby Day Nov. 18–19, 2014, saw its largest and most active member participation yet. More than 30 attendees from GMA member companies and geosynthetics allies convened in Washington, D.C., to participate in 28 congressional …