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Top Stories - September 23, 2015


CLI Brands Hydro-CapTM Floating Cover System

Colorado Lining International, Inc. (CLI), one of the world’s most experienced contractors, installers, and fabricators of geosynthetics, unveils a new brand for its well-established floating cover systems: Hydro-Cap™. These systems are offered domestically and internationally and are targeted to oil and gas pits and tanks, construction water ponds, anaerobic digestion lagoons and digesters, landfill leachate containment, potable water storage, and evaporation control.

The design and operational breadth of Hydro-Cap™ includes aboveground frac and construction water tank covers that can be and typically are reused or relocated to multiple sites, enduring year-round and seasonal punishment in some of North America’s harshest weather conditions.

CLI Hydro-Cap™ covers can be tailored to many site conditions, offering materials with the industry’s highest UV and chemical resistances. The dynamic geometric conformance abilities make these systems suitable for a wide-range of designs, from small to very large installations.

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Burke Industries Announces Strategic Partners for CSPE Geomembranes

Burke Industries, a global leader in CSPE geomembranes, announces exclusive, strategic partnerships with Colorado Lining International, Inc. (CLI) and Layfield Environmental Systems Corp (Layfield). Going forward, distribution and fabrication of all Burke CSPE geomembrane products and systems will be managed by these two companies in the United States and Canada.

The agreement does not prevent any other third-party companies from working with Burke’s renowned chlorosulfonated polyethylene (CSPE) products; but, Burke will no longer handle direct sales or distribution.

The three companies will work together to build and support the marketplace, including further development of the CSPE material and its use for different containment applications, while taking responsibility in their primary areas for quality control. This includes raw material management, training programs, material handling, installation, and more.

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Peer-reviewed Online Education

Did you know that all of IECA’s online education and webinars are peer-reviewed? IECA is constantly striving to improve and grow their education; all courses whether live or in person, are peer-reviewed for technical accuracy, relevance and usefulness to attendees. Their Professional Development Committee, or PDC, offers balanced insight in an effort to guide IECA Education.

IECA offers four tracks of education training and adds new courses nearly every week:

  1. Erosion and Sediment Control
  2. Stormwater Management
  3. Surface Water Restoration
  4. MS4 Management

In addition to its 24 hours a day eLearning courses available, IECA offers live webinars throughout the year, which are peer-reviewed. All webinars, like their online courses, offer registrants at least 1 Professional Development Hour (PDH). Below are a few upcoming webinars.

  • "It's a Bird, it's a Plane, it's a Drone!": The Future of Erosion and Sediment Control Site Inspections – Oct. 21
  • Sampling Techniques for NPDES Stormwater Analysis – Nov. 18

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IECA Announces 2016 Winner of Most Distinguished Technical Paper Award

The International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA) has announced that "Large-Scale Performance Enhancement Study of Sediment Basin Technology," which was submitted by Michael Perez, has been named the winner of theMost Distinguished Technical Paper Award for Environmental Connection 2016. This award honors the presenters who have demonstrated excellence within the content of their Environmental Connection technical presentation.

"I'm truly honored to be recognized by IECA for our research work," says Perez. "I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the co-authors: Dr. Wesley Zech, Dr. Xing Fang, and Dr. Jose Vasconcelos, to our research sponsor ALDOT, and to the team of students and technicians that have dedicated significant effort and time to this project. I would also like to thank the IECA University Partners Program for their continued support in providing me the opportunity to participate in the Environmental Connection Conferences. The technical presentation will discuss innovative sediment basin research we are conducting at the Auburn University - Erosion and Sediment Control Facility. I look forward to sharing exciting results from our large-scale testing that show how the design of sediment basins can be modified to provide for enhanced performance," concludes Perez.

The presentation of "Large-Scale Performance Enhancement Study of Sediment Basin Technology" may be seen at Environmental Connection 2016, which will be held from February 16-19, 2016, in San Antonio, Texas.

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Settlement Requires Glass Manufacturer to Improve Stormwater Treatment

Wastewater discharged by a glass manufacturing company in Milford, Mass. into wetlands adjacent to the Charles River will be cleaner as a result of a recent settlement between the manufacturer and the US Environmental Protection Agency. Ardagh Glass Inc. agreed to pay a $103,440 penalty and to fund three environmental projects costing a total of about $121,700 to settle claims it was discharging wastewater in violation of its permits.

In the settlement with EPA’s New England office, Ardagh agreed to install equipment that will enhance the treatment of stormwater before it is discharged. In addition, the company will buy firefighting equipment and materials for the Town of Milford Fire Department.

EPA alleged that Ardagh, which makes glass bottles, jars, and other containers, was in violation of its permits issued under the Clean Water Act to discharge stormwater and cooling water, which both flow into wetlands adjacent to the Charles River.

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