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Thursday, December 8, 2022

EPA Launches Online Public Forum for Clean Water Act Input

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched an online discussion forum to receive public input on the future direction of EPA's national water enforcement program. The public will be able to provide feedback through the EPA Web site, between now and August 28, giving them a forum to address any concerns about EPA's efforts to protect the water in their communities. Read more in the release.

HAZGARD 535 Listed for Secondary Containment

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HAZGARD 535 by Layfield is now listed by ULC as a secondary containment liner for fuels in Canada. Manufactured in Layfield’s Vancouver geomembrane plant, this new material meets all of the ULC requirements for above ground secondary containment of flammable and combustible liquids (Class IA). HAZGARD 535 is fire retardant, UV stable, and has a -40 C handling temperature. HAZGARD 535 uses a next-generation non-halogenated fire retardant that is not harmful to the environment. This material can be placed under tanks in all types of facilities including earthen, concrete, and steel secondary containments. Section 4.3.7 of the National Fire Code (and most provincial Fire Codes) requires that secondary containment liners meet specific ULC requirements. The company has tested HAZGARD 535 liner material tested and listed by ULC to fully meet the Fire Code requirements. Suitable for above-ground tank farms containing gasoline, diesel, jet, and other fuels. Learn more here.;
Environmental Connection 2015

Call for Presentations for Environmental Connection 2015

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Denver, Colo. ‐ The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) is calling for presentations for Environmental Connection 2015, annual conference and expo. Combining quality education with a top‐notch expo, this is...

$1.3 Million Fine for Carlsbad

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A Carlsbad, New Mexico landfill has received a $1.3 million fine from the New Mexico Environment Department for accepting improper waste. The facility, which attempted to ban NMED staff from inspection, has accepted (and failed to properly cover) asbestos and hazardous waste, in violation of its permit. Learn more here.;

Maxey Flats Shows Public Cap

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The Maxey Flats Superfund site in Kentucky was opened this past week as part of a biennial open house. Guides allowed visitors to see the security of geomembrane cap over the old radioactive waste dump. From 1960 to 1978, the site had accepted toxic materials. The 60-acre cell's cap will receive a clean soil cover. Acquiring appropriate soil and establishing vegetation are immediate needs. Site officials report some animal damage (coyotes) with the currently exposed cap. Learn more here.;

PCBs on the Fox

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The on-going Fox River cleanup has a home for its next round of PCB-contaminated soil. The project has used a considerable amount of geosynthetics for dewatering and sediment control. Now, PCB-tainted soil will be shipped from two dewatering facilities to a Veolia landfill in Chilton, Wisconsin. Learn more here.;

The 9th International Conference on Geosynthetics

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The 9th International Conference on Geosynthetics (9ICG) Brazil - 2010 will provide an opportunity to learn about and discuss highly technical and scientific geosynthetics issues and their solutions. A primary objective of the conference is to present the most recent developments, improvements and new technologies from the international geosynthetics community. The IGS Brasil (Brazilian Association of Geosynthetics) and ABMS (Brazilian Association of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering) will organize the conference under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) in association with the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) and with the support of the ABINT (Brazilian Association of Nonwoven and Technical Textiles). Read more.

Tri-Tech Holding Relocates to New Office Premises in Beijing

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Tri-Tech Holding Inc. (Nasdaq: TRIT), a leading total solutions provider to China's water resources, municipal wastewater and industrial pollution control markets, announced today the relocation of its corporate headquarter, subsidiaries of Tranhold, Yanyu and BSST to new offices in the Renji Plaza, Chaoyang District, Beijing. Tri-Tech designs customized sewage treatment and odor control systems for China's municipalities and its larger cities.

Dewatering Manure

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Within the Grand Lake Watershed coordinator's notes from St. Marys, Ohio, you'll find news of a grant to dewater hog farm manure with geotextile tubes. It's an on-going study, it seems. Learn more here.;
Waterproof Membranes 2013

Waterproof Membranes 2013 Program Released

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NAUE, Intertape Polymer Group, Davis-Standard and others affiliated with geosynthetics headline the speakers at Waterproof Membranes 2013. As the global population grows and advances, the demand for construction and civil...

Aussie Home Owners to Pay for Geotextile Coastal Protection?

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Wyong Shire Council may soon pass an ordinance that would require individual home owners along the Central Coast to pay for the installation of geotextile-based shoreline protection. Erosion has been a significant problem, and home owners will now have to choose to protect the shore or perhaps move their homes. Learn more here.;

Agriculture in Africa

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The African Development Bank (AfDB), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), and the World Bank today called for an increase in funding and a renewed focus on agricultural water management in Africa, including irrigation, drainage and rainwater harvesting. Learn more here.;

NAUE Congratulates Prof. Georg Heerten on DGGT Chairmanship

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During the 31st German Geotechnical Society (DGGT) biennial "Baugrundtagung" conference (3-6 November 2010, Munich), one of the geosynthetics field's most-respected colleagues was elected the new chairman of DGGT: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Heerten. NAUE congratulates him on this honour. In this new leadership role, Prof. Heerten succeeds Prof. Manfred Nussbaumer, who has provided outstanding guidance to DGGT over the past eight years. Prof. Heerten's election comes at an interesting time. In 2014, the DGGT is planning to co-locate its main geotechnical conference with the 10th International Conference on Geosynthetics (10 ICG) in Berlin, Germany.

European Flood Response

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Though much attention was given in the press to the flooding in the central United States this year, Europe has also experienced significant floods. In Romania, they put out a call for support, including emergency geotextile fabric for erosion control, flood defense and levee repair. Poland responded, sending 15,000 sq. m. Learn more here.;
Drainage and Filtration Engineering at GeoAmericas 2016

Drainage and Filtration Engineering at GeoAmericas 2016

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One of the most common needs in infrastructure is proper drainage and filtration engineering. These solutions consolidate soils to accelerate construction windows. They channel liquids into proper retention or...

Tri-Tech Holding Establishes Offices in the U.S. and India

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Tri-Tech Holding Inc. (Nasdaq: TRIT), a premier Chinese company that engineers, manages and monitors municipal sewer systems, natural waterways and other water resources, announced today that it has established new offices in the United States and India and a new research and development base in Tianjin, China. In the U.S., Tri-Tech has set up a wholly-owned subsidiary Tri-Tech Infrastructure, LLC (Tri-Tech U.S.). The company will focus on developing advanced pollution control equipment, design and engineering and technical service capabilities to support its businesses in China and India. Read more.

Thomas Adams Takes Over Coal Ash Association

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The American Coal Ash Association (ACAA) has named Thomas H. Adams as its new executive director. Adams replaces David C. Goss, who is retiring. Adams has served as the executive director of the American Shotcrete Association for the last six years and in leadership roles for several concrete industry associations over the last 30 years. Learn more here.;

Albarrie Canada Ltd. Enters into New Joint Venture with Terrafix Geosynthetics Inc.

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Albarrie Canada Limited is proud to announce the launch of our new joint venture with Terrafix Geosynthetics Inc. These two well known companies are joining forces to create Terrafix Albarrie Geosynthetics (TAG) Environmental Inc. TAG Environmental will manufacture a full line of premium quality, Geosynthetic Clay Liners (GCL), as well as other specialty products in Barrie, Ontario, Canada.

Fortune on the Coming Water Shortage

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An interesting, if brief, take from Fortune Magazine on the forthcoming water shortage…and business opportunities in it. From graphics depicting the disparity between water gallons it takes to produce a pair of blue jeans vs. a pound of steel to contrasting the price of 100 gallons of tap water in Buenos Aires and Copenhagen, it's a fascinating 10-slide story of facts, industry players, needs and more. Learn more here.;
Public Vote Open for IGS Young Members Committee Photo Contest

Public Vote Opens for IGS Young Members Photo Contest

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The International Geosynthetics Society supports its young members through special symposia at major events, a committee to liaise with chapters and the IGS Council, and now through the first...
Geomembranes at GeoAmericas 2016

VIDEO: Flat Die and Blown Film Geomembranes

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Solmax made public its well-received presentation on blown film geomembranes and flat die geomembranes. The July 2016 talk, led by Mathieu Cornellier, P.Eng, addresses the differences between the two...

TechnoTex Launches Online

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The Ministry of Textiles in India has launched TechnoTex (www.technotex.gov.in) to better promote the Indian technical textiles industry and to facilitate education in this ever expanding area of manufacturing. The website is divided into various zones, such as GeoTech (which includes the geosynthetic sector), BuildTech (for architectural uses) and AgroTech (for agriculture). Learn more here.;

Preserving an Island with Geotextile Bags

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A Te Puna community group has saved Tu Koro Island in the Waikaraka estuary near Auckland, New Zealand. The island was eroding from wave action. Plans to halt the decline began more than two years ago. Today, the island is protected by 90 geotextile bags which are stacked up to four high and backfilled with harbor sand. The preservation group, Nga Tahatai o Te Puna, expects the design life to be about 100 years. Learn more here.;

$100 Million for Flood Management Upgrades in CT

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Greenwich, Connecticut--like much of the northeastern United States--suffered extensive flood damage from the most recent nor'easter storms. Now, a consultant's report has recommended a number of flood defense solutions from bridge management to drainage system replacements. The total cost of the 33 recommended projects is estimated to be $100 million. Learn more here.;

Cal Poly's Global Waste Research Institute Awarded National Science Foundation Grant to Expand Engineering...

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The Global Waste Research Institute (GWRI) of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, announced today that it had been awarded a $372,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to acquire an Optical Interferometry System to help research and analyze material surface characteristics for a variety of civil engineering, bio-medical, manufacturing, micro-electromechanical, and aerospace engineering applications. Example applications in waste and byproduct management areas will include quantification of surface characteristics of textured geomembranes used in containment systems and characterization of inclusions made of recycled materials such as tire chips, fly ash, glass, and plastics.
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