June 2013

The Ancient Romans Were Better At Making Sustainable Concrete Than We Are

(US News & World Report 06-04-2013) An ancient concrete mixture could be better for the environment and just as strong as modern mixtures. The secret to making sustainable, strong concrete may have been at the bottom the Mediterranean Sea for the past 2,000 years: Researchers believe that the ancient Romans created concrete that is more environmentally friendly and durable than modern cement.
 

Bill introduced to improve coal ash residuals legislation

(Power Engineering 06-04-2013) Newer legislation that would set up a state-based regulatory program to regulate the disposal and management of coal combustion residuals and encourage reuse was introduced in the House of Representatives on June 3. Rep. David McKinley (R-W.V.) introduced the bill during a meeting of the Energy and Commerce Committee. The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy will mark it up later in the week.
 

Rainy season first real test for artificial reefs

(The Nation Multimedia.com 05-17-2013) Thailand-The rainy season will be the first real test for the artificial reefs placed in shallow waters along the coast of Phetchaburi's Cha-am district as they begin their mission of preventing coastal erosion. The reefs, which are partially made from lignite fly ash, were placed along the coastline on Wednesday. "This artificial reef will have to prove itself," community leader Chairat Tabtong said, adding that though he welcomed the initiative, he still had reservations.

EGAT places artificial coral reef at the Sirindhorn International environmental Park

(Thailand National News Bureau 05-16-2013) Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) will begin to submerge artificial coral reefs, mixed with lignite fly ash, under the sea in Phetchaburi to prevent its coast from erosion.

Self-Compacting Concrete made with Ash from Combustion of Olive Pruning Residue Pellets

(AzoBuild 05-03-2013) University of Granada researchers have successfully manufactured self-compacting concrete using ash from the combustion of olive pruning residue pellets. Due to its plasticity and cohesion, this type of concrete needs no compaction when used in construction and has many advantages over conventional concrete, resulting in considerable savings of time and money.