EPA to review 2015 coal ash final rule

September 22, 2017

On Sept. 14, 2017, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted two petitions to reconsider substantive provisions of the Final Rule regulating coal combustion residuals (CCR) as nonhazardous waste under Subtitle D of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). “In light of EPA’s new statutory authority, it is important that we give the …

FiberVisions to raise geotextile fiber prices

September 21, 2017

FiberVisions of Duluth, Ga., will implement a 10% price increase on all grade of geotextile staple fibers, effective Oct. 1, 2017. The company says the price increase is independent of any movement in the index that sets fiber pricing. FiberVisions said it is making the price increases to return their geotextile business to a commercially …

NHI offers rockfall stabilization course online

September 19, 2017

The National Highway Institute (NHI) will offer a web-based course on rockfall stabilization. The beginning-level course, developed by the Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council (TCCC) in partnership with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and NHI, will introduce the key concepts in rockfall stabilization, including tools and methods used in stabilization and …

FAA to award infrastructure grants of $733.2 million to airports

On Sept. 14, 2017, U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) secretary Elaine L. Chao announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $264 million in airport infrastructure grants to 95 airports in 31 states across the United States as part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP). This follows the announcements of grants totaling $318.1 million …

Trump nominates former IDOT director to lead FHWA

September 18, 2017

President Donald J. Trump nominated Paul Trombino II, former director of the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT), to lead the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Trombino, 51, led IDOT from 2011 to 2016, resigning in November 2016 to take a position as president of McClure Engineering of Clive, Iowa. The nomination requires approval by the U.S. …

IECA 2018 registration open

September 13, 2017

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Annual Conference and Expo in Long Beach, Calif., Feb. 11–14, 2018, has opened online registration for the event at the Long Beach Convention Center. Visit http://bit.ly/2vUfvyc to register, view the schedule and learn more about speakers. The conference’s hotel block, as announced last week, is also open. To see …

Nevada receives $21.6 million in additional federal highway funds

On Sept. 11, 2017, Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) director Rudy Malfabon told NDOT board the state had received $21,635,649 in additional federal highway funding for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. In process known as August Redistribution, the federal government reclaims unused funds from states and awards the money to states that used …

FGI short course in civil engineering upcoming

September 11, 2017

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) will offer the short course “Geosynthetics in Civil Engineering Applications” on Oct. 27, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT at The Ohio State University in Columbus. The short course, presented in partnership with The Ohio State University, Owens Corning Science and Technology, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Department …

DFI releases technical program for DFI Annual Conference

September 7, 2017

On September 7, 2017, the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) published the Technical Program for the 42nd Annual Conference on Deep Foundations, October 24–27, 2017, in New Orleans, La. A highlight at this year’s conference is an “Invited Panel on Risk: A Rational Discussion” on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The …

FHWA offers pavement preservation focus in September

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Every Day Counts (EDC) innovation of the month for September is pavement preservation (when, where, and how), a whole-life approach to extending the service life of pavement networks. Applying a pavement preservation treatment at the right time (when) on the right project (where) with quality materials and construction (how) is …