Norfolk, VA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has sent the final version of its Final Rule for Research, Development, and Demonstration (RD&D) Permits for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Landfills to the Federal Register for publication. These long-awaited final rules have been the subject of numerous presentations and technical papers by SCS Engineers and other professionals in the industry for more than two years.
The final rule allows RD&D permits to provide a variance from existing requirements for run-on control systems, liquids restrictions, and final cover requirements for MSW landfills. Such permits would facilitate construction and operation of bioreactor landfills, a type of landfill that promotes rapid decomposition of wastes. A copy of the final rule is available in pdf format by clicking here.
SCS Engineers has been at the forefront of the research in bioreactor landfills over several decades, dating to the firm’s early work on solid waste lysimeters at the EPA Center Hill Test Facility in the early 1980s.