Member Spotlight: April

Leister has been the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of hot-air welding equipment for over 60 years. More recently, Leister’s product range has grown to include a full assortment of thermoplastic welding equipment, including wedge welders, extrusion welders, test equipment and more. These well-regarded tools are used in a wide variety of plastic welding applications: geomembranes, tarps & banners, roofing, flooring, rigid plastics, process heat and etc. The versatile product line-up makes Leister the preferred tool for both indoor fabrication applications as well as for the rigors of field work. Leister tools continue to be synonymous with high quality manufacturing and state-of-the-art performance. Leister has multiple locations throughout the US. Their Chicago headquarters recently expanded to accommodate a full US inventory of machines and spare parts for overnight delivery. Leister has over 600 employees worldwide, with specialized sales and service offices at over 130 locations. For more information on Leister Technologies LLC, please contact Steve Hobbs at steve.hobbs@leisterusa.com or visit www.leister.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:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location:  Columbus, Ohio

Register:  https://ccr-columbus.eventbrite.com

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……….…………………………………..Mark Stump (OEPA)
8:50–9:30                   Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals………………….…..…….…………………..Gary Zych (AEP)
9:30–10:00                 Break/Networking
10:00–10:40               Current Design Trends for CCR Management………………………..………Mike Rowland (S&ME)
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………………………Demo Dave and Bob Annalora (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).