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NEW EPISODE! June 2023 – Career Paths, Coal Ash & the Entrepreneurial Fire

GeoTalk 2023 - Ryan KampHost: Tamara Tuttle (Atlas International Consulting)
Guest: Ryan Kamp (Chesapeake Containment Systems)
Published: 2 June 2023
Audio & Article

Tamara Tuttle (Atlas International Consulting) interviews Ryan Kamp, President of Chesapeake Containment Systems, one of the largest geosynthetic installation companies in North America (and, in fact, the world). They discuss his inspiring career path and the state of coal ash management and storage in the United States.

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