The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it plans to regulate coal ash containment sites by requiring that all sites be fitted with geomembrane liners. Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), an IFAI division, has been advocating for regulation through its government relations program and successfully lobbied members of the U.S. Congress and the EPA to take this action.
When adopted, these new regulations will have a tremendous impact on the geosynthetic materials market in the U.S., as the proposed regulation will apply to all new and existing sites. Geomembranes will be used as liners; geotextile and geogrids will be used in access roads and levee reinforcement for these sites. GMA estimates, conservatively, that this work will result in $350 million in revenue for the geosynthetic industry over the next five to seven years.