HUESKER Announces an Additional Coal Ash Webinar

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HUESKER launched a series of “mini-webinars” this year, succinct (<30 min) engineering discussions on various geosynthetic applications and materials. January’s coal ash webinar was so well-attended that the company has announced an additional date for the live session: March 2 at 2:00 pm EST.   REGISTER ONLINE DOWNLOAD COAL ASH FLYER (PDF) These sessions are free to atte... »

EPA Finalizes Clean Water Rule

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The US Environmental Protection Agency announced on May 27 that a long battle to update and expand the protection of the Clean Water Act to all like waters in the US has, at least for a moment, come to a close. A final rule—the Clean Water Rule—has been accepted. This follows debate and litigation going back nearly 15 years. The EPA worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers on the updated rule, w... »

New Coal Ash Rules: Bigger Business for Facility Closure

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By Lee Buchsbaum – The sweeping new federal rules on handling and storage of coal ash may lead to the single largest increase in the geosynthetics market in 20 years. The US Environmental Protection Agency conducted a long study on the health risks and technical strengths of nearly 700 coal ash facilities at power plants nationwide. The resulting rule change, which takes effect in May 2015, ... »

EPA’s First National Regulations for Coal Ash Disposal

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PRESS RELEASE – 19 December 2014, WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the first national regulations to provide for the safe disposal of coal combustion residuals (coal ash) from coal-fired power plants. The final rule establishes safeguards to protect communities from coal ash impoundment failures, like the catastrophic Kingston, Tenn., spill in 2008,... »

JOBS: Technical Services Manager, Erosion Control

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An industry leading manufacturer of rolled erosion control products is seeking a dynamic, high-energy and results-driven technical services manager who is looking for a position with a continually growing company. The successful candidate must possess effective time management and organization skills, have a strong sense of customer service, confidently convey technical information through oral an... »

EPA on Cutting Carbon Emissions at Power Plants

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WASHINGTON – At the direction of President Obama and after an unprecedented outreach effort, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is today releasing the Clean Power Plan proposal, which for the first time cuts carbon emissions pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States. Today’s proposal will protect public health, move the United St... »

EPA Seeks Public Input on Fracking Mixtures

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WASHINGTON — EPA announced today that it will seek public comment on what information could be reported and disclosed for hydraulic fracturing chemicals and mixtures and the approaches for obtaining this information, including non-regulatory approaches. EPA is also soliciting input on incentives and recognition programs that could support the development and use of safer chemicals in hydraul... »

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 on the exceptional success of this year’s Environmental Connection, including highlights and new features at the conference. She also looks ahead to the 2015 event in... »

VIDEO: Interview with Beth Chesson

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During the last International Erosion Control Association (IECA) conference and exhibition, Geosynthetica’s Elizabeth Peggs sat down with Beth Chesson, Co-Chair of the IECA Committee on Standards & Practices. The interview was conducted in a bustling exhibit hall–as is apparent in the background–but Beth’s comments are well worth a listen. Here, Chesson reports on the n... »

66,000 Contaminated Sites Screened for Renewable Energy Potential

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WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its RE-Powering Mapping and  Screening Tool, which will now provide preliminary screening results for renewable energy potential at 66,000, up from 24,000, contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites across the country. The RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative, started by EPA in 2008, encourages development of renewable ... »

EPA Updates Oil and Natural Gas Standards for Storage Tanks

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WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued updates to its April 2012 oil and natural gas standards for storage tanks, which allow responsible oil and natural gas production while ensuring air emissions are reduced as quickly as possible. The updates will phase in emission control deadlines, starting with higher-emitting tanks first, and will provide the time needed to... »