EPA proposes approval of Georgia’s coal ash permit program, encourages other states to follow suit

June 25, 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve Georgia’s permit program for the disposal of coal combustion residuals—commonly known as coal ash—from certain coal-fired power plants. “EPA encourages other states to follow Georgia’s lead and assume oversight of coal ash management within their borders,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “EPA is committed to working with …

HUESKER to host free webinar on canal lining systems

June 24, 2019

HUESKER will sponsor a free webinar, “Canal Lining Systems,” on June 27, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EDT. The webinar will focus on HUESKER’s Canal3 lining system. The Canal3 geocomposite provides superior puncture properties for various site conditions from smooth to rough subgrades. Canal3 is cost-effective and reduces installation time due to wider-width materials. …

Environmental Specialties International acquires Patriot Environmental

June 20, 2019

Environmental Specialties International (ESI), the largest installer and provider of geosynthetic lining materials in the United States, announces that it has acquired Patriot Environmental of Meeker, Okla. Founded in 2012, Patriot has quickly grown to become a leading specialty contractor serving Texas and Oklahoma. Operating from offices in Odessa, Texas, and Meeker, Okla., Patriot is …

Solmax to establish manufacturing facility in Nevada

June 18, 2019

Solmax announced June 18 that it is expanding its operations and establishing a manufacturing facility in Nevada. The manufacturing facility will be fully operational by mid-2020. Following the successful integration of the Solmax and GSE Environmental businesses into one combined global entity, Solmax’s goal is to continue to grow its industry leadership position in the geosynthetics sector …

GMA to host Waste Containment System Design III seminar in Syracuse, N.Y.

June 17, 2019

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) will sponsor the seminar “Waste Containment Design III: An Overview of the Current State of Practice for the Design of Solid Waste Landfill Double-Liner and Final Cover Systems,” July 16–17, at the Crowne Plaza in Syracuse, N.Y. The objective of this third in a series of landfill design seminars is …

GSI short course on MSE walls, berms and slopes now available on demand

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) is sponsoring an online course, “Course 2: Construction Inspection of Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Walls, Berms and Slopes,” available anytime on the GSI website. Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations. This online course is focused on the …

HUESKER releases a video of bridging sinkholes with Fortrac geogrids

June 14, 2019

On the LGV (Ligne à Grande Vitesse, or High-Speed Line) Sud Europe Atlantique (SEA) railway line in France, a total of 2583339 square feet (240,000 m²) of Fortrac geogrid provides protection for sections with limestone soils and a high risk of karst and sinkholes. The YouTube video shows the entire laying process in just two …

ASTM honors Von Maubeuge and Allen

During the biannual meeting of ASTM International in Denver, Colo., June 5–7, the society awarded the Award of Merit to NAUE’s Kent von Maubeuge and the L. David Suits Award to Sam Allen of TRI Environmental. The Award of Merit was established in 1949 by the ASTM International Board of Directors and is the highest …

Webinar: Geosynthetics for coal combustion residual (CCR) applications

June 11, 2019

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) will sponsor a free webinar, “Geosynthetics for Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) Applications,” on June 25, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. CDT. This webinar will discuss the application of geosynthetic products for use in coal combustion residual (CCR) landfills and impoundments. The webinar will provide an overview of the available …

EPA signs MOU with FEMA to support restoring water infrastructure after disasters

June 5, 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to streamline coordination between FEMA and the EPA-funded State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs. Now, the funding used to restore vital water infrastructure can be provided quicker in times of disaster. “This first-of-its-kind MOU with FEMA will …