Geocomposite groundwater drainage system for bluff erosion protection

February 1st, 2019

The project presented herein was designed to enhance an existing groundwater drainage system and repair erosion related to groundwater seepage on a berm constructed using coal combustion residuals (CCR) on top of a Lake Michigan bluff at a site in southeastern Wisconsin. This article presents the planning, design and implementation of the remedy. The planning […]

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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency updates geosynthetic liner guidelines for stormwater management

August 30th, 2018

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (Minnesota PCA) revised and released new geosynthetic liner guidelines for stormwater management in August. The guidelines specify where liners are required and where liners are recommended, liner specifications (e.g., HDPE, GCL, PVC), and how to select an appropriate liner. “Liners are designed to limit infiltration of water from a stormwater […]

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GMA on Wisconsin, waste containment and Lobby Day

August 1st, 2018

April and May were very active months for the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA). Our membership coordinated an educational opportunity in the state of New York, made a lobbying trip to Wisconsin and supported Infrastructure Week by advocating for geosynthetics in the nation’s capitol. GMA heads to Wisconsin On Apr. 9, 2018, members of the GMA […]

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Maccaferri North America hires new area managers and a sales representative

April 3rd, 2018

During the first quarter of 2018, Maccaferri North America added four new employees, Maccaferri said in a press release. The new employees bring experience and unique abilities to the company.   Brian Whitaker, P.E., CPESC, Midwest Area Manager Whitaker began with Maccaferri on January 29, 2018. He is responsible for generating sales, distribution management and […]

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Babcock Power Environmental subsidiary acquires Geo-Synthetics Systems

March 29th, 2018

Acting through a new subsidiary named Geo-Synthetics Systems LLC, Babcock Power Environmental Inc., a Babcock Power Inc. company, acquired substantially all of the assets of Geo-Synthetics, LLC, an installer of geosynthetic materials for industries such as energy, waste disposal, agricultural and industrial, according to a press release from Babcock’s financial advisor Cronus Partners LLC. “We are […]

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Part 2: The regulation of CCR in the United States: Geosynthetics and barriers

October 1st, 2017

As discussed in Part 1 of “The Regulation of CCR in the United States,” for the first time in decades, nationwide regulation of CCR (coal combustion residuals) surface impoundments expands the regulated use of geosynthetic materials. While the CCR Rule (2015) allows continued operation of existing CCR surface impoundments, it provides criteria for the disposition […]

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Part 1: The regulation of CCR in the United States: Geosynthetics and barriers

August 1st, 2017

The regulation of coal ash (coal combustion residuals or CCR) has significantly expanded the market for geosynthetics within the United States. Further, there is interest in these regulations around the globe in every country using coal as an energy source. These regulations are the result of recent environmental incidents. The regulations call for the increased […]

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