|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||18 Nov 2006 17:14:51 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-BIF] Old Gentilly Landfill, New Orleans|
Landfill standards strengthened Bea raised concerns about levee stability
By Mark Schleifstein New Orleans Times-Picayune (LA) November 17, 2006
The stacking of millions of pounds of debris from Hurricane Katrina in the city-owned Old Gentilly Landfill in eastern New Orleans will have to meet more stringent safety requirements to protect a neighboring hurricane levee, officials with the Army Corps of Engineers and state Department of Environmental Quality confirmed Thursday.
The agreement could result in increasing FEMA's daily limit for dumping construction debris in the landfill, from the current 19,000 cubic yards to 50,000 cubic yards.
The decision to increase safety requirements followed concerns raised several weeks ago by Robert Bea, an engineering professor at University of California, Berkeley, who warned that the waste's additional weight could weaken the levee and cause it to fail during another hurricane.
For the entire article, see http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/frontpage/index.ssf?/base/news-18/116374673823330.xml&coll=1
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