President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order Aug. 15, 2017, generally limiting the time to conduct federal environmental review and issue environmental permits to two years for major infrastructure projects; outlining a new process intended to speed up the review and permitting process; and ordering steps to increase accountability in the process. The executive …

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made public an interim final guidance outlining the process and procedures EPA generally intends to use to review and make determinations on state coal combustion residual (CCR) permit programs This document provides guidance to the states for developing and submitting a program to EPA for approval. The guidance …

The deadline to join the United States Department of Commerce’s Sustainable Building and Construction Trade Mission to Mexico is imminent. This tailored trade mission will include representatives from U.S. companies and U.S. trade associations with members that provide green, innovative, and sustainable products and services to the commercial, industrial, and residential construction sectors from October 16-20, …

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI), with the guidance of the GSI board of directors, announced their fellowship awards for the 2017–18 academic year. The program recognizes and supports outstanding students from around the world studying geosynthetics. The GSI fellowship program includes candidates pursuing a master’s degree or a doctoral degree. The amount for each fellowship recipient …

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched its web-based Injury Tracking Application (ITA) on Aug. 1, and extended the deadline for submitting 2016 injury and illness data to Dec. 1, 2017. The reporting requirements are part of a final rule issued in October 2016 to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. The new …

In 1967 in Cocoa, Fla., the late Jim Pearce formed a new company to help control water pollution: American Marine. An early innovator in the development of oil containment booms, fire booms and turbidity curtains, Pearce initially developed Hull Guards, devices used to help small boat owners keep the bottom of their vessels free of …

Sean Wilson has been named Shelter Structures America’s business development manager. Wilson will be based out of the company’s Los Angeles office and will further strengthen Shelter Structures America’s focus on client and account management to increase the company’s presence in new market segments.

Strata Systems, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of geosynthetic soil stabilization products, recently launched the latest version of StrataPro, an engineering software platform that gives designers the ability to analyze a variety of faced systems on geosynthetically reinforced soil (GRS) structures. Strata says the platform, which is available through its website, will help designers determine …

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) will conduct a webinar on September 14, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT discussing research that may help airport environmental practitioners understand the environmental regulations and permitting programs that apply to airports’ management of stormwater and other types of water resources. This webinar is sponsored by the Airport …

Polymer-based single ply membranes are gaining market share from bitumen for waterproofing flat roofs, according to a recent study by Applied Market Information Ltd. (AMI Consulting), Bristol, U.K. As construction activity has strengthened in Europe over the last few years and the market continues to shift toward lighter weight and faster construction techniques, the growth …