Member Spotlight: May

Nortène began its activities in Brazil in 1981, pioneering the supply of plastic polyethylene screens, tarps for construction industry, and agricultural films. With an entrepreneurial spirit, Nortène has expanded and strengthened its share on Brazilian market. The company commercializes its products throughout Brazil and abroad and it is experiencing a period of continuous growth, by increasing its products portfolio and modernizing its quality laboratory. Nortene manufactures products for the following markets: construction, infrastructure, environmental engineering, industry, agribusiness, irrigation, mining, sugar/ethanol, warehousing and silage. Nortene produces HDPE or LLDPE geomembranes in blow or flat die machines, according with the project specifications. Its laboratories are accredited by GAI LAP and all the customers receive a complete quality certificate with technical information from each roll delivered. For more information on Nortene, please contact Mrs. Lima at export@nortene.com.br or visit www.nortene.com.br.

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FGI Welcomes New Manufacturer Member

The FGI is pleased to welcome its newest manufacturer member, GSE Environmental, LLC (www.gseworld.com). GSE is headquartered in Houston, Texas, with manufacturing facilities in Houston, TX, Spearfish, SD, and Kingstree, SC. GSE specializes in the manufacturing and marketing of geosynthetic lining products and services. GSE’s FGI liaison is Boyd Ramsey, Chief Engineer, who can be reached at bramsey@gseworld.com or (800) 435-2008. Please help us welcome GSE Environmental, LLC to the FGI!!!!

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
8:00–8:10                   FGI Introduction, Activities, and Current Research…….……………..…Tim Stark (U. of Illinois)
8:10–8:40                   Recent & Emerging Technical Issues……….…………………………………..Annette DeHavilland (OEPA)
8:40–9:20                   Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals………………….…..…….…………………..Gary Zych (AEP)
9:20–9:50                   Break/Networking
9:50-10:20                 Current Design Trends for CCR Management………………………………Jason Ross (S&ME)
10:20–10:50               Recent Research on Beneficial Use & Disposal of CCRs…..………Tarunjit Butalia (OSU)
10:50–11:30                Permitting and Closure of CCR Impoundments and Dams……………….Doug Evans (ODNR)
11:30–12:00                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 Equipment Presentation……………………………..Dave McLaury (DemTech)
1:30–2:15                   Factory Fabrication of Geomembranes…………………..….……..….….John Heap (Colorado Lining)
2:15–2:30                   Break/Networking
2:30–3:15                   Specification, Installation of Fabricated Geomembranes……………John Beeman (AEG, Ltd)
3:15–4:00                   Leak Location with Fabricated Geomembranes………….………………….……Daren Laine (LLSI)
4:00-4:30                   City of Columbus Water Reservoir……………………………………………….Joe Troxell (S&ME)
4:30–4:45                   Case Histories (10 minutes each)…………………………………………………………………Peebles, Elliott
4:45–5:00                   Summary and Questions…………………………………………………………….………Tim Stark (U. of Illinois)

 

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).