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Zero-Leak Liners

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The dream of zero-leak liners has become a reality. While many geosynthetic containment systems have been installed and produced a zero-leak final product, this type of performance is not...
Still shot of floating cover over hazardous liquid from ACIGS webinar

ACIGS Video: Geosynthetics CQA with Barrier Systems

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The Australasian Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (ACIGS) is one of the most active IGS chapters in the world. It has been particularly active in hosting top-tier webinars...

P4 Production, LLC, Begins Comprehensive Mine Cleanup Planning in Southeast Idaho

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P4 Production LLC, a southeast Idaho phosphate mining company, has reached agreement with five federal and state agencies, as well as the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, to develop comprehensive cleanup plans for three phosphate mines near Soda Springs, Idaho. The agreement requires P4 Production (a subsidiary of the Monsanto Company) to complete remedial investigations and feasibility studies for the Ballard, Henry, and Enoch Valley mines. The Ballard Mine was operated from 1951 to 1969, the Henry Mine was operated from 1969 to 1989, and Enoch Valley Mine was operated from 1989 until recently. They are all currently inactive.
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Effective Education for Erosion and Sediment Control System Adoption

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Erosion and sediment control advances have produced enormously beneficial results, in infrastructure performance and economics; yet, rates of erosion and sediment control system adoption rates have lagged behind the...

Baker Acquires RBF Consulting

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Michael Baker Corporation (NYSE Amex:BKR) announced today that it has acquired RBF Consulting (RBF), a 540-person engineering, planning, surveying and environmental services firm based in Irvine, California. RBF significantly expands Baker's presence in the Western U.S. transportation, civil and environmental infrastructure markets and, through its water resources experience and expertise, provides a platform for Baker to build a national water and wastewater practice. The terms of the transaction were a total consideration of $50 million, of which approximately $45.7 million was paid in cash and approximately $4.3 million was paid in Baker common stock.
Photo: Eutrophication in Lake Water. Photo from Shutterstock, license *7451

Custom Nonwoven Geotextiles Fight Lake Eutrophication

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Can nonwoven geotextiles prevent the suffocating damage of eutrophication in waterways? That is a question Titan Environmental Containment's Sam Bhat, M. Eng., is helping answer in a collaborative project...
Golder Associates

Golder Seeks Geosynthetics Laboratory Technician

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Golder Associates has an entry-level Laboratory Technician position open in its Atlanta, Georgia office. Specifically, the position will work in the Materials Testing Laboratory and Geosynthetics Laboratory. The technician will...

New Man on Levee Safety Committee

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Les Harder of HDR’s Folsom office has been appointed as a private sector representative to the National Committee on Levee Safety and will participate in the group’s first meeting to be held near Washington, D.C. Oct. 7 to 10. Read about his appointment over at Erosion Control magazine's revamped website. Learn more here.;
Lifetime Prediction of Geosynthetics

Geosynthetic Institute Awards 11 with 2017 – 2018 Fellowships

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The Geosynthetic Institute has announced 11 recipients for the 2017 – 2018 Fellowships. These annually awarded GSI research grants are given out, in consultation with the GSI Board of...

Final Call: Geo-Frontiers 2011 Abstracts on Concrete Protection Liners

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At the Geo-Frontiers 2011 conference, there will be a technical session on Concrete Protection Liners co-chaired by Ian D. Peggs (icorp@geosynthetic.com) and Peter Dimaio (peterd@aks.co.za). All those working on tunnels, wastewater treatment basins, process chemical containment, or any other aspect of concrete protection using geomembranes or thicker polymeric sheet products, are invited to submit abstracts through 8 March 2010. Learn more.

Fabtech and Layfield From Strategic Alliance

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E&A Ltd have announced that its subsidiary Fabtech SA Pty Ltd has formed a strategic alliance with Layfield Geosynthetics & Industrial Fabrics Ltd. The production and distribution agreement focuses on geosynthetic lining solutinos for applications such as water conservation, floating covers, and storage dams. From Business Spectator. Learn more here.;
Andy Durham of Propex GeoSolutions on erosion control material UV performance

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Andy Durham, Propex GeoSolutions

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Andy Durham of Propex GeoSolutions discusses TRM durability and UV performance in erosion and sediment control materials--part of the company's "Are you sure?" campaign to improve engineering and construction...

Canada's Sustainable Mining Industry

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We're a bit late on discovering this post, but we think it's worth a look. Mining engineer Ian Cawrse keeps a website/blog at which he tracks trends and mining issues. His 18 June 2008 entry on the Canadian mining industry's sustainability caught our eye. Learn more here.;

GBR-C 2K10 Update

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SKZ, with scientific committee support from Cemagref and the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI), will host the 3rd International Symposium on Geosynthetic Clay Liners (GBR-C 2k10) 15-16 September 2010 at the Fortress Marienberg in Würzburg, Germany. Technical sessions will address shear and mechanical behaviour of GCLs, chemical resistance of GCLs, testing of GCLs under unsaturated conditions, behaviour of GCLs in landfill covers (case studies), regulations, new concepts and developments in the use of GCLs, and GCLs for hydraulic and construction applications. Visit the conference's website for the latest. Learn more here.;

Maccaferri Webinar on Erosion Control

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Maccaferri's free instructional webinar on erosion control is intended to provide information and understanding of erosion control techniques and soil bioengineering. This webinar will help planners, developers, engineers and contractors with the proper selection and installation of a wide range of solutions to mitigate erosion along slopes, streams, rivers, lakes and channels. Next available session: 9 June 2011, 1:00 - 2:30 pm (EDT). Learn more. Learn more here.;
Brazil Geosynthetics, Geosynthetica

New Website Covers Geosynthetics in and from Brazil

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Fifteen years ago, Geosynthetica launched and became the first online publication dedicated to geosynthetics. Today, the English-language site has more than 800,000 annual users around the world. To better...

Video Interview: Laura Felux, IECA

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At the conclusion of Environmental Connection 2014 (Nashville, Tennessee), Geosynthetica’s Elizabeth Peggs sat down with Laura Felux, Marketing Manager of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Region One. Laura reports...
In Memoriam: Rafael Rocha

In Memoriam: Rafael Rocha

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The geosynthetics field has lost one of its champions in the Americas. On April 8, consulting engineer and educator Rafael Rocha passed away. Rocha was a constant fixture at geosynthetics...
Chapter 11, GSE Environmental

GSE Reaches Consensual Agreement with Lenders

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HOUSTON — (May 5, 2014) — GSE Environmental, Inc., (“GSE” or the “Company”) (OTCQB: GSEH), a leading manufacturer and marketer of geosynthetic lining solutions, announced today an agreement with...

Busy Days for Kaytech

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The African geosynthetics industry, and particularly South Africa's experts, took center stage last September during GeoAfrica 2009, which was the first African regional conference on geosynthetics. One of that region's main players is South Africa-based Kaytech, a wide-ranging manufacturer and distributor of materials for road construction and maintenance, drainage and filtration, erosion control, waterproofing, separation and reinforcement. Kaytech is growing steadily in the international market, both from its headquarters and through expanding its involvement elsewhere.

Polymers in Photovoltaics 2010

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There have been rapid advances in the markets for photovoltaic cells worldwide including the development of the use of polymers in a variety of applications. Take, for example, the use of solar cells atop the exposed geomembrane cap at the Tessman Road landfill in San Antonio, Texas. Applied Market Information (AMI) has announced a new conference to address this growing sector: Polymers in Photovoltaics 2010. The event will be held 20-22 April 2010 in Cologne, Germany. A Call for Papers has been issued. Dr. Sally Humphreys (sh@amiplastics.com) will accepts abstracts through 20 October 2009. Learn more at the conference website. Learn more here.;

Pomahaka study adds weight to rural water quality push

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The Otago Regional Council's launch of a rural water quality strategy for the region has been given added momentum by the findings of a major ORC study of the Pomahaka River catchment. The study underlined that sediment control was critical, as it could smother habitat, degrading river ecology, and be a source of phosphorus, which potentially increases algal growth in waterways. Read more.

IECA Offers Product Practicum Sessions at Environmental Connection 2013

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Join IECA in San Diego 10–13 February 2013 for Environmental Connection 2013. The International Erosion Control Association's (IECA) annual Environmental Connection conference and exhibition is the premier educational event for the erosion, sediment control and stormwater industry. Environmental Connection combines intense, full and half-day training courses with topic-focused technical sessions and the largest expo of its kind. This year, a number of Product Practicum sessions* offer opportunities to get focused, immediately useable information on a wide-range of field solutions. Topics include inlet protection, bathymetric surveys of stormwater ponds, streambank restoration products, high-performance erosion control materials, and much more.

Durability Abstracts Still Open for D35/GRI Event

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On 29 January 2010, ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics and the Geosynthetic Research Institute (GRI) will host a workshop in San Antonio, Texas on "Geosynthetic Material Durability: Field and Laboratory Experiences." David Suits, executive director of the North American Geosynthetics Society (NAGS), reports that GRI's Bob and George Koerner are still open for receiving abstracts for the event. This one-day sympomsium will not require a full paper; only an extended abstract. For more information, please contact George Koerner at gkoerner@dca.net or Sam Allen at SAllen@tri-env.com. Learn more here.;

Plexmar Resources Inc.: Malin Plant and Project Update

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Plexmar Resources Inc. announces that from February to the end of June, the production at the Malin plant was limited to small quantities of polymetallic ores as a result of delays to receive the permits for transport and storing of chemicals. These have now been issued by the Regional Government. All licenses have now been received and the plant is operating on a continuous basis. During that period, two additional tailing ponds with a capacity of 12,000 cubic meters were built and 4,800 m2 of geomembrane were installed and certified as compliant by local government officials.
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