Novozymes, a global bioinnovation company based in Denmark, and Dacheng Group, a major starch processing company based in China, announces an agreement to make plastics from agricultural waste. The two companies have agreed to expand their cooperation in developing biochemicals derived from biomass and to promote the industrialization of plant-based glycol. Glycols are biochemicals used in household cleaning products, cosmetics, and used as building blocks for making polyesters and plastics.
ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics is reaching a major milestone. During the January Committee Week gathering in Houston, Texas, the Committee will mark its 30th anniversary with a...
IECA UPDATE: The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) has upped the value of membership. The Association is now offering four (4) PDH credits per year for members who complete...
The old saying that things are bigger and better in Texas just might apply to landfill management. Republic Services, Inc. has unveiled a 5.6-acre exposed landfill cap with photovoltaic (PV) cells adhered directly to the geomembrane. It's all taking place on a portion of the 680-acre site along Tessman Road in San Antonio, Texas. Firestone manufactured the green-colored geomembrane, and United Solar manufactured the flexible PV laminates.
APWA's Sustainability in Public Works Conference offers a meeting place for professionals in both the public and private sectors for the sharing of innovative ideas in sustainability. With the industry's newest processes and technologies available at this event, attending can prove to be a truly important investment in your community's (or business's) future. The event takes place 27-29 June 2011 in Portland, Oregon. Read more from APWA (PDF).
While the term "best management practice" (or, BMP) may be misleading, especially since agencies from town to town may disagree on which BMPs are acceptable--that is, which are actually "best"--erosion control is clearly of need. You can see this on a very large scale around Las Vegas. The Review Journal looks back at 10 years of major erosion control and bank stabilization projects and how sediment loads have been reduced by 75%, 38,000 native plants have returned, more than 100 species have returned, and much more. Learn more here.;
On Monday, 27 February 2012, at the annual conference and expo of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA), the presentation ceremony for the Awards of Environmental Excellence was held. For the past 21 years, IECA has recognized the industry's best by awarding persons and projects epitomizing the principles of environmental excellence.
EDANA has announced that the deadline for the call for papers and student grant for the Nonwovens Research Academy has been extended to the 20th of January 2012 to accommodate the holiday period, and allow as many industry experts to submit their papers for consideration for presentation at the conference, and for students to submit their proposals for grant funding. Key subjects include Sustainability, Biomaterials, Nonwoven and polymer fibre technology developments, Modelling and testing, Nanotechnology and Advances in absorption technologies.
Raven Industries released strong third quarter results on Wednesday. The Flow Controls Division continues to perform well while the Engineered Films Division (which includes Raven's geomembrane lines) saw 23 percent growth in third quarter sales. Raw material costs (including the often volatile resin market) pinched some profit, but overall volume was good and high demand in the oil and gas industry for pit and pond liners continued to be one of the company's signature successes. Learn more here.;
A major expansion is under way at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge nuclear landfill in Tennessee. In December, Bechtel Jacobs and its subcontractor, ESI, completed installation of a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) geomembrane on a new cell that adds 465,000 cubic yards of disposal space for low-level radioactive waste and other hazardous materials. The total burial volume is now 1.7 million cubic yards. The project team has referred to the approach as a "blackout," because the membrane is black. Learn more here.;
GSE Environmental's "Geosynthetics for Success" Technical Seminar Series returns with two dates in August and another in October. These events bring top-tier speakers together on major engineering topics, new technologies, new designs and more. For attendees, it is an opportunity not only to learn about the latest regulations and engineering approaches but advances in geosynthetic technologies that are helping make some applications possible and others more economical and sustainable. Professional development credits are also available for attendees. In August, the technical seminar series will arrive in Australia, first in Perth (August 7) and then in Brisbane (August 9). In October, the seminar returns to the USA for a session in Chantilly, Virgina. Learn more.
How do additive packages, resins, HPOIT and OIT testing, and other components and quality control measures to geomembranes affect material durability and performance? Solmax engineer Mathieu Cornellier led a...
Earthmate Geosynthetics has taken the next step to facilitate its expansion in the European market by earning the CE Mark for its geogrids. Testing was conducted by the independent laboratory BTTG, which is based in the United Kingdom. The current testing values and certification is good until 23 December 2011. Learn more here.;
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) was in charge of the unlined, Kingston, Tennessee coal ash storage facility when it broke in December 2008 and released more than 5 million cubic yards of coal ash across a couple hundred acres. Cleanup is expected to cost well more than $600 million. Currently, TVA is construction a gypsum storage pond, but the plans call for only a clay liner. Local officials are pushing for a geosynthetic lining system. Learn more here.;
Monument Valley Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado once had a beautiful pond. But with the city under budget constraints, management of the pond was suspended. The water slowly drained back into the groundwater, leaving behind an empty pond bed. The city's parks and trails manager is evaluating the possibility of installing an EPDM pond liner, or perhaps some clay, but nothing will be considered until the money is available. It's possible that some late summer rain will relieve the parks of irrigation costs, and if so the money might be available to fix the pond. Learn more here.;
A San Jose-based BioFuelBox Corp. plans to take biowaste normally dumped in landfills and convert the waste into biodiesel. Roughly 350 billion gallons of diesel are used each year; only about 450 million gallons of that are biodiesel. The company’s initial focus is on fats, oils and greases extracted from wastewater. An agreement with a major meat-producing company in Arkansas has been announced. Learn more here.;
The Geosynthetics Materials Association (GMA), in a formal response to the EPAs publication of a proposed rule aimed developing regulations to govern the storage of Coal Combustion Residuals (CCRs) has well supported the use of engineered geosynthetic lining systems as the most qualified measure of containment technology available today.
The organizers of Geosynthetics 2017, the First International Conference on Technology and Application of Geosynthetics, have invited abstracts of 200 – 300 words in either English or Spanish....
Alpharetta, GA - Terminus, the first occupant of the massive LakePoint Sporting Community & Town Center Complex in Emerson, GA, is a cable-pulled Wake Boarding Park with three different...