New coal ash regulations are a big reason GSE Environmental Inc. is expanding polyethylene geonet and geocomposite liner production at Kingstree, S.C.
The Houston-based firm said Aug. 22 that it is constructing a new extrusion line in Kingstree capable of making its full line of biplanar and triplanar geonet and geocomposite products, GSE also is converting its Houston manufacturing facility to accommodate biplanar products production to speed up delivery and cut transportation costs in the western United States and Mexico.
Rising demand for its drainage and containment products is largely due to coal ash regulations implemented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in April 2015. The new federal regulations address safe disposal of coal ash generated in coal-burning electricity generating stations. GSE products meet the requirements of Subtitle D solid waster regulations and Subtitle C hazardous materials regulations.
GSE declined to provide cost, timing and other details for the announced projects, citing confidentiality reasons.
The new manufacturing line at Kingstree “will allow us to significantly expand our capacity and ensure that our product is available during times of high demand,” noted GSE President of the Americas Mark Leigh.
In addition to its U.S. factories, GSE produces its geomembrane liners, netting and related products in Germany, Thailand, China and Egypt.