Appeals court orders EPA revisions to 2015 coal ash final rule

August 27, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision Aug. 21 holding that the first-ever federal safeguards set by the Obama administration for coal ash dumps do not sufficiently protect communities and the environment from pollution from coal combustion residual (coal ash) waste. The court’s decision sided with public interest groups by …

Safe storage of mining waste focus of report

August 1, 2018

In December 2017, the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and GRID-Arendal, an organization that supports environmentally sustainable development in partnership with UN Environment and other collaborators, published “Mine Tailings Storage: Safety Is No Accident.” The report recommends mining companies adopt simple steps to reduce environmental destruction and death by changing the way they store …

ARTBA leader Ruane to retire

June 20, 2018

Pete Ruane, president and CEO of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), announced he will be retiring from the organization in October 2018 after 30 years of service, ARTBA said in a June 19, 2018, prepared statement. He is the longest tenured head of the 116-year-old organization. After Ruane’s departure, ARTBA executive vice …

GSI hosts webinar on MSE structure inspection

April 25, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar entitled “Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Wall, Berm and Slope Construction Inspection,” on May 9, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. The inspection and monitoring of MSE wall, berm and slope construction using geosynthetic reinforcement is essential for providing a safe, durable system. Such inspection includes …

2019 IECA Annual Conference issues call for abstracts

April 24, 2018

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) is now accepting abstracts for the IECA Annual Conference, Feb. 19–22, 2019, in Denver, Colorado, the association said in an April 20, 2018, press release. IECA said it is accepting abstracts for sessions including case studies, technical papers, workshops, industry roundtables, fireside chats, Mountain States-related sessions, posters, product case …

FHWA accepting grant applications for advanced transportation technologies

April 23, 2018

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced April 18, 2018, it is accepting applications for grants from a pool of up to $60 million in federal funding under the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The grants will be made to eligible entities to develop model deployment sites for large-scale installation …

Achieving zero leaks on a budget with geomembranes

June 1, 2017

For more than 30 years, the geomembrane industry has been told that “all geomembranes leak” (Giroud 1984), as if this were some foregone conclusion no matter what might happen from geomembrane manufacturing to the time it is put into service. But recently, the idea of “zero leaks” has been a hot topic at industry conferences, …

History of geosynthetics use on national forest roads

Introduction The objectives of this article are to document the long history of geosynthetic materials used in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service and other rural roads, to document the many creative and useful ways geosynthetics have been used, and to promote the cost-effective uses of geosynthetics in road projects today, particularly on …

Protecting geomembranes from animal damage

Resisting animal and insect attacks on geomembranes is an interesting problem. Geomembrane installers and manufacturers have had numerous geomembranes damaged by bears, deer, coyotes, birds, beavers, and ground squirrels (Figures 1 and 2). In most cases, the damage is incidental to something else the animal is seeking. Deer damage the liner with their hooves trying …

Part 2: New design models for MSE walls and slopes

Introduction The design of many geotechnical structures is based on limit-state conditions. For example, in designing gravity walls, the load exerted by the retained soil on the wall is based on an assumed active state of stresses. That is, the wall moves sufficiently outward, enabling the retained soil to mobilize its shear strength along a …