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As part of the Bridgestone family of companies, Firestone has been a world-recognized leader in rubber polymer technology for over 100 years. Building on this broad legacy, Firestone Building Products has become a leading manufacturer of quality waterproofing membranes for residential, commercial, industrial and critical containment applications, as well as a leading supplier to the building envelope industry. Firestone Specialty Products’ geomembranes provide durable, dependable solutions for nearly any application. Whether for decorative commercial water features or critical containment applications such as agriculture, aquaculture, mining and other water containment, Firestone’s geomembrane systems are easy to install and built to last. Available in standard or reinforced with a scrim, Firestone EPDM Geomembrane systems offer the strength and resilience to perform in many of the most demanding environments, including: agricultural waste lagoons and ponds, canals, evaporation and retention ponds, mining applications, and water reservoirs. Firestone fPP-R Geomembrane is a polypropylene/rubber-based membrane, reinforced with a scrim that is inserted between the top and bottom plies, and is both flexible and heat-weldable. It is also available as a non-reinforced panel. Firestone fPP-R Geomembrane applications include: agricultural waste lagoons and ponds, canals, evaporation ponds, mining applications, floating covers, golf course water features and water reservoirs. For more information on Firestone Specialty Products, please contact Jeff Pankonie at pankoniejeff@firestonebp.com or visit firestonebpco.com.

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Short Course on Coal Combustion Residuals: June 25, 2015, Columbus, OH

The FGI is offering a Short Course on Coal Combustion Residuals (CCRs):  New Regulations, Advances, and Current Trends.

Date:  Thursday, June 25, 2015

Time:  7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location:  Holiday Inn Downtown Capitol Square, 175 E. Town St, Columbus, Ohio 43215

7.0 Professional Development Hours

Continental Breakfast, Lunch, and Coffee Breaks Included

Eventbrite - Coal Combustion Residuals (CCRs):  New Regulations, Advances, and Current Trends

Following the massive coal ash spill in Tennessee in 2008, USEPA took aggressive steps to assess impoundments and other units that manage residuals from coal combustion and that contain free liquids. On 19 December 2014 USEPA published the new rule titled: “Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals from Electric Utilities” in the Federal Register (Docket No. EPA-HQ-RCRA-2009-0640). The rule establishes technical requirements for CCR landfills and surface impoundments under Subtitle D of RCRA to establish requirements for safe disposal of CCRs from coal-fired power plants.  The new regulations address the risks from coal ash disposal — leaking of contaminants into ground water, blowing of contaminants into the air as dust, and the catastrophic failure of coal ash surface impoundments. Attendees will gain a broad knowledge of new regulations, design trends, permitting requirements, and construction techniques for management and disposal of CCRs.

Tentative Schedule/Speakers:

LENGTH      PRESENTATION TOPIC                    SPEAKER

7:30–8:00 am             Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:00–8:20                   FGI Introduction, Activities, and Current Research…….……………..…Tim Stark (U. of Illinois)
8:20–8:50                   Recent & Emerging Regulatory Issues……….…………………………………..Annette DeHavilland (OEPA)
8:50–9:30                   Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals………………….…..…….…………………..Gary Zych (AEP)
9:30–10:00                 Break/Networking
10:00–10:40               Beneficial Use & Disposal of CCRs:  Current OSU Research…..………Tarunjit Butalia (OSU)
10:40–11:15                Current Permitting Issues for CCR Management……….…………………..Doug Evans (ODNR)
11:15–12:00                Stability of Geosynthetic Lined Slopes & Interface Strengths…………T. Stark (U. of Illinois)
12:00–12:45               Lunch and Networking
12:45–1:30                 Welding and Testing Presentation…………………………………………….Dave McLaury (DemTech)
1:30–2:30                   Factory Fabrication & Field Installation…………………..….……..….….John Heap (Colorado Lining)
2:30–2:45                   Break/Networking
2:45–3:30                   Specification, Installation & Testing of Geomembranes……………John Beeman (AEG, Ltd)
3:30–4:15                   Leak Location with Fabricated Geomembranes………….………………….……Daren Laine (LLSI)
4:15–4:45                   Case Histories (10 minutes each)………………………………………..…Peebles, Elliott, Simbeck, Mills
4:45–5:00                   Summary and Questions………………………………………………………….………Tim Stark (U. of Illinois)

 

Short Course Scheduled for Salt Lake City, September 16, 2015: Current Advances & Trends in Containment Technology

The FGI, in conjunction with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, is offering a Short Course on the Current Advances and Trends in Containment Technology.

Date:  Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Time:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location:  Utah Dept. of Environmental Quality
195 North 1950 West
Salt Lake City, Utah  84114

Attendees will gain a broad knowledge of the advantages of fabricated geomembranes, what is required to properly design, specify, test, and construct fabricated geomembranes for the following applications:  (1) coal combustion, (2) mining, (3) oil related projects, (4) wastewater ponds, (5) floating covers for reservoirs, (6) water canals, (7) secondary containment, and (8) decorative ponds.

 

FGI Announces New Officers and Board of Directors

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) inducted new Officers and a new Board of Directors during their biennial membership meeting in Portland, Oregon on February 18, 2015.

The recently elected FGI Officers will serve a two-year term (2015-2017) and are: President – Andrew Mills (Layfield Group, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada); Vice President – Kent Metzger (Brawler Industries, Midland, Texas); Treasurer – Patrick Elliott (Colorado Lining International, Parker, Colorado); and Secretary – Jeremiah Boorsma (Accugeo, Bakersfield, California).

The recently elected FGI Board of Directors will serve a two-year term (2015-2017) and are listed below in alphabetical order: Pat Bradley (Inland Tarp & Liner), Steve Hobbs (Leister), Gary Kolbasuk (Raven Industries), Dave McLaury (DemTech), Jeff Pankonie (Firestone), Ray Peebles (Cooley Group), and Duff Simbeck (Simbeck & Associates).