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GSI offers webinar on uses for abandoned/closed landfills

News | May 22, 2017 | By:

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will offer a webinar on “Beneficial Uses of Abandoned and/or Closed Landfills,” on May 24, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT.

There are currently about 7,000 closed and/or abandoned landfills in America and countless others around the world. They invariably stand as fenced-off monuments to our waste-disposal practice and represent nonused space that is often in desirable locations. This webinar describes the current situations and the desirability for postclosure landfill beneficial uses. Examples include golf courses, sporting activities, facilities with transient loads, facilities with permanent loads, and outdoor artworks. Technical issues that must be addressed include total settlement, differential settlement, accommodation of utilities, gas emissions, leachate seeps, and erosion control prevention. Each are explained with several numeric examples. The webinar ends with related issues such as monitoring, transference of ownership, legal issues, and public acceptance. Conclusions regarding both technical and nontechnical issues are offered accordingly.

The webinar will be taught by Dr. Robert M. Koerner, professor emeritus of civil engineering at Drexel University and director emeritus of the Geosynthetic Institute.

Webinars cost $200.00 for GSI members and $250.00 for nonmembers. Successful completion of a multiple-choice test after the webinar carries 1.5 professional development units.

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