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SWANA WASTECON 2019 – Phoenix

October 21, 2019

Meet lots of SCS Professionals at SWANA Wastecon 2019, October 21-24, at the Phoenix Convention Center.  Visit us in Booth 501 right at the main entrance!

This year’s conference is themed “Pathway to Innovation” and will feature interactive activities, tools and resources for solid waste leaders to explore the most important issues and find innovative and sustainable solutions for our environmental challenges.

Numerous SCS Professionals will deliver presentations and participate in panel discussions, including:

Bob Gardner will moderate in the discussion on #4 Mixed Waste Processing Facility Design and Operation

Michelle Leonard and Vita Quinn will present on merging Solid Waste Planing with Financial Forecasting

Pat Sullivan is making two presentations

Alex Stege will discuss the California’s Organic Waste Disposal changes

Lisa Coehlo and Manny Hernandez are participating in a communications panel discussion

Wastecon is one of the preeminent conferences bringing together thousands of solid waste and sustainability industry professionals. Conversations and presentations will focus on the future of our communities and how to lead the inevitable changes that we will face in the coming years

More conference details coming soon!

Posted by Laura Dorn at 8:00 am
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2019 CRRA Annual Conference, Rancho Mirage

August 11, 2019

The California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) will host its annual conference at The Westin Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, California, August 11-14, 2019.

SCS Engineers’ National Expert on Sustainable Materials Management, Michelle Leonard, will speak at the conference, and our recycling and sustainability expert, Tracie Bills, will be in attendance, along with other SCS professionals.

Each year, the CRRA organizes one of the most comprehensive and informative conferences dedicated to recycling and sustainable materials management in California and beyond. The Annual Conference and Tradeshow attracts over 600 individuals annually and showcases an estimated 30 sessions each year with over 100 industry experts as presenters.

This year’s presentations will cover an array of Zero Waste topics including:
Climate Change
Zero Waste Programs
Food Rescue
California Mandates
China’s National Sword & State of International Markets
Keeping Organics out of Landfills
Illegal Dumping, Stormwater and Marine Debris


Posted by Laura Dorn at 8:00 am
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Brightfields 2019 California

August 5, 2019

Meet SCS professionals Dan Johnson, Dana Wilson, Jim Ritchie, and Wendell Minshew at solar energy development event, “Brightfields 2019 California”,  which will take place August 5 & 6 in Sacramento, CA.

The theme of the conference, hosted by Brownfield Listings and the California Environmental Protection Agency, is “Brightening Brownfields, Landfills & Greenfields with Solar Energy”.  This exciting 2-day event will bring together solar developers, property owners, policy makers and a very large diversity of professionals for illuminating educational sessions, active networking, and live market-making. SCS Engineers is a co-sponsor of this conference.

Anyone may attend this power-packed brightfield marketplace event to hear the freshest industry insights from public and private sector experts, ask technical questions of trained professionals, and make direct connections via the numerous networking opportunities

Brightfields 2019 – California will focus on non-rooftop solar development in the West, California specifically, to help cultivate the region’s brightfield potential. The conference will feature compelling programming to provide basic, need-to-know info required to boot up a brightfield project, as well as tips and best practices to overcome development obstacles and advance more difficult projects.

The elite speaker lineup features some of today’s foremost practitioners, including representatives from regulating and permitting agencies as well as private sector professionals.

The conference is perfect for:

  • Landowners, communities, property managers and anyone seriously interested in the development of solar energy on land (rather than rooftops), especially marginal lands, either in rural or urban areas
  • Solar developers seeking land for purchase or lease;
    Public and private sector professionals working in the solar space
  • Anyone motivated towards utilizing greenfields, greyfields, brownfields, landfills, Superfund sites, and any other unproductive parcel to generate solar power

The conference will feature dual-track educational programming.

For Landowners & Communities topics will include:

  • Municipal solar development
  • How-to’s and success stories
  • Leases, RFPs/RFQs, risk, insurance and deal structure
  • Feasibility & financial viability
  • Brownfield grants & other public brightfield financing
  • Zoning, permits and land use considerations

The Solar Developers & Professionals track will cover:

  • Brightfields & Brownfields 101: Development basics
  • Brightfields 300: Landfills & Superfund
  • Acquiring and developing contaminated properties
  • Risk mitigation and insurance
  • State & federal regulatory regime reviews

Shared topics will include:

  • Technology updates & exhibits
  • Fresh solar market update & forecast
  • National policy update and select state specific briefs

Day 1 will take place at the headquarters of CalEPA, and Day 2 will take place at Tsakapoulos Library Galleria across the plaza.

Posted by Laura Dorn at 7:30 am
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Brightfields 2019 – New England

July 23, 2019

Meet SCS Engineers Project Manager, Christine Stokes, who is attending BRIGHTFIELDS 2019 – NEW ENGLAND — a solar energy development event about powering up greenfields, brownfields and landfills.   The conference is hosted by Brownfield Listings, and will take place at The Falls Event Center in Manchester, New Hampshire, on July 23, 2019.

Brightfields 2019 – New England will address issues important to:

  • Landowners, property managers and communities interested in the development of solar energy on their land (rather than rooftops)
  • Solar developers seeking land for purchase or lease
  • Public and private sector professionals working in the solar space
  • Anyone motivated towards developing greenfields, greyfields, brownfields, landfills and Superfund sites into solar power generating assets
  • Anyone seeking to learn more about the application of solar power production onto the land.

The conference will also feature 1-on-1 help and Q&A sessions by EPA & TAB experts on all aspects of brightfield development.

In addition to educational sessions, a plenary luncheon, exhibits, and a mixer, the conference will feature networking opportunities at breakfast and at the post conference reception.

The conference is hosted in collaboration with New Hampshire’s Regional Planning Commissions, and New Jersey’s Science & Technology University (NJIT).

Posted by Laura Dorn at 7:30 am
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WasteExpo 2019 – Las Vegas

May 6, 2019

Meet SCS Professionals and visit us at Booth 311, get inspired, and find the answers to your waste & recycling challenges at WasteExpo, May 6-9, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Enjoy an interactive conference program.  With technology and innovation as the underlying themes, expect a conference program that dives deep into recycling/landfill, fleet management/collection, organics, safety, food recovery, and more! The WasteExpo Conference Program, in partnership with the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and Dr. Stu Buckner, is designed to sharpen your skills to help you run your business or department smarter, safer, and more streamlined.

Monday, May 6, Highlights!

Composting, Organics Recycling, Biogas Track
10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Composting Infrastructure Development, Public-Private Partnerships, Air Permitting Requirements, Technology Innovations

Featuring Patrick Sullivan‘s discussion Survey of Air Permitting Requirements for Composting Facilities Across the U.S.; tools for composting partnerships;  managing high solids digestate; the financial and operational benefits of pilot scale recycling projects.


Processing & Disposal Track
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm
Swiping Right: Which Leachate Management Solution Best Suits Me?

Join this panel of experts comprised of leading experts from SCS Engineers, Waste Management, John Zink, WEHRLE, and landfill operators for an all-inclusive review of present designs, operational practices, and technologies considered as part of a sustainable long-term solution for leachate management. Expect to learn the leachate management solutions that best suit your own operations and facilities. Learn about best practices, holistic approaches to leachate and liquids management using flow rate and leachate chemistry, membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology, leachate evaporation, and deep well injection. Plus what to watch out for in 2019 and beyond.


Tuesday, May 7, Highlights!

Composting, Organics Recycling, Biogas Track
9:00 am – 10:15 am
Composting: Increasing Processing Capacity, Improving Process Management, Minimizing Contamination

Join Tracie Onstad Bills for her presentation Methods to Achieve .5% Contamination in Organics; along with improvements to maximize processing capabilities; and a look at high-tech composting.


Food Recovery Forum Track
4:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Source Separation and Collection in Commercial and Municipal Programs: BMP’s, Data Collection and Evaluation, Lessons Learned, Case Studies

In this lively session, Lisa Coelho presents Split-Cart Food Scraps Recycling; plus how to achieve continuous program improvements; capture more and reduce contamination at the source; followed by BMPs for collection from customers.


Wednesday, May 8, Highlights!

Processing & Disposal Track
10:30 am – 11:45 am
Data, Drones & Case Studies: The Latest Trends in Landfill Management

This fast-paced session addresses the latest tools and trends being used in landfill management and focuses on four different case studies including SCS Engineer’s SCS Remote Monitoring and Control® – SCS RMC® system for landfill systems including flares, landfill gas, and leachate systems to identify, troubleshoot, and solve real problems effectively and efficiently.  The session continues with how the World Bank recently utilized drone technology for the St. Maarten landfill; the City of Barrie’s municipal solid waste landfill reclamation and remediation; and EREF results from the first comprehensive analysis of leachate quantity and quality and management practices across the U.S.




Posted by Laura Dorn at 12:00 am
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Is your facility’s odor management strategy reactive or proactive? 

October 10, 2017

Additional handling of organics and other odorous wastes can make meeting regulatory requirements more challenging.


Pat Sullivan discusses two case studies that provide examples of two different approaches to odor management. The proactive approach resulted in a more positive outcome than the reactive approach. Although the odor issues never go away completely, the proactive facility has avoided lawsuits and regulatory enforcement and continues to have a positive working relationship with the community.

SCS Engineers freely shares our articles and white papers without imposing on your privacy.

Click to read Part I of this two part series. We’ll let you know when Part II is published soon.





Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am
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Waste and Materials Management Study Group: What’s New?

September 15, 2017

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Waste and Materials Management Study Group (WMMSG) met August 16. Here are three key updates from the meeting.

Groundwater Monitoring
The 2014 guidance “Reducing or Terminating Groundwater Monitoring at Solid Waste Landfills” is under review. The Groundwater Monitoring subgroup completed recommendations for revision. The key proposed revisions include:

  • Option to revise sampling frequencies beyond annual sampling
  • Option to reduce the size of the monitoring well array
  • Option to reduce the number of required sampling parameters

The subgroup’s recommendations will be reviewed by WDNR staff, and then sent out for public comment before finalizing.

Alternative Landfill Caps
The Alternative Landfill Caps subgroup has developed a draft list of recommendations that include the following:

  • Develop a guidance document to outline the requirements for proposing and implementing an alternative final cover
  • Modify portions of NR 500 to revise the infiltration equivalency requirement and to provide more flexibility for alternative cover systems to allow for a longer delay in final cover system construction
  • Allow alternative closure phasing, sacrificial covering, and reclaiming airspace from settlement prior to final cover construction

The subgroup is making another round of edits to the recommendations before they are presented to WDNR staff for review and comment. Track updates on WDNR’s WMMSG web page.

Research, Development, and Demonstration (RD&D) Rule
The RD&D rule was also discussed at the last meeting, partly in relation to alternative capping options. To be consistent with federal rules, WDNR is considering revising the current Wisconsin RD&D rule (NR 514.10) to allow up to six renewals (up to 3 years each) of an RD&D Plan. This would extend the total RD&D test period to 21 years, an additional 9 years from the current 12 years allowed. With the RD&D rule reaching the 10-year mark, some sites are seeing the 12-year finish line on the horizon. WDNR cautions that the rulemaking process takes time.

More About the Waste and Materials Management Study Group
The study group provides the Waste and Materials Management Program with constructive feedback on policy and technical issues and works collaboratively with WDNR staff to find workable solutions. Find more information, meeting dates, agendas, and meeting minutes here.

For questions about how the study group impacts your solid waste operations, contact:

Tom Karwoski, PG, Vice President
Betsy Powers, PE, Senior Project Manager
Sherren Clark, PE, PG, Vice President






Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am
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SWANA Alert posted by SCS Engineers: EPA to Hold Public Hearing on the RFS Program Tuesday, August 1

July 31, 2017

Reprinted from SWANA Alert:

On Tuesday, August 1, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be holding a public hearing in Washington, DC on the proposed rule, ‘‘Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2018 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2019.’’ In keeping with SWANA’s previous advocacy efforts in regards to the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program, we intend to submit a short written statement to be introduced into the hearing record.

The RFS program is a national policy that requires a certain volume of renewable fuel to replace or reduce the quantity of petroleum-based transportation fuel, heating oil or jet fuel. These amounts are set by EPA each year and the proposed rule will set those levels for 2018. One of the four fuel category amounts that will be set by the RFS is cellulosic biofuels, which includes compressed and liquefied renewable natural gas (RNG) produced from landfill biogas.

As a member of the SWANA Core Advocacy Group, we are notifying you that SWANA intends to submit comments to EPA on the RFS program as part of the August 1st hearing, and in post-hearing comments that EPA will be accepting through August 31st as necessary. These comments will support the testimony of other solid waste industry leaders and ask the EPA set the 2018 RVO standard for cellulosic biofuel at a level that takes into account increased generation of fuel from both existing registered projects and from new projects that will begin generating fuel in 2018. By setting the levels based upon actual current and future capacity instead of on historical data and trends, EPA will ensure that the levels set actually spur demand consistent with increased production. A failure to set the levels high enough would result in a lack of appropriate demand for these fuels, which would undercut the purpose of the RFS program

By setting the levels based upon actual current and future capacity instead of on historical data and trends, EPA will ensure that the levels set actually spur demand consistent with increased production. A failure to set the levels high enough would result in a lack of appropriate demand for these fuels, which would undercut the purpose of the RFS program.

If you or the Chapter or Technical Division members have any questions or concerns about these comments, or if you would like to discuss them further, please contact David Biderman at SWANA.




Posted by Diane Samuels at 12:18 pm
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SCS Regulatory Alert: Industrial Storm Water Permit Coverage for Wisconsin Landfills

September 13, 2016

For years, Wisconsin landfills have relied on compliance with the storm water (stormwater) management requirements in the Chapter NR 500 code series to achieve compliance with the NR 216 storm water standards. Effective June 15, 2016, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) changed their policy, and now requires landfills and associated non-commercial borrow sites to obtain separate industrial storm water permit coverage.

Read the SCS Engineers Technical Bulletin to determine what action you may be required to take and by what date.

  • September 19, 2016, submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) form to WDNR.
  • WDNR will review your NOI and determine if your facility can be covered under the Tier 2 Industrial Storm Water Permit.
  • January 31, 2017, submit a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) Summary Form. This also requires preparation of a SWPPP report designed to prevent storm water discharges of pollutants to waters of the state.

If you have questions or need help filing or developing a plan, please contact:

Betsy Powers, PE
(608) 216-7347

Sherren Clark, PE, PG
(608) 216-7323


Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am
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SCS Alert: Prepare to take action soon after the Final NSPS/EG Rules for Landfills are published in the Federal Register.

August 1, 2016

Do you have NSPS or EG sites per the new definitions of “new” and “existing”?

Does your EG site have any upcoming planned or permitted expansions, or will it be commencing construction on an expansion permitted after July 17, 2014?

Will you need to submit/resubmit Design Capacity and NMOC reports to establish your sites status as subject to the new NSPS? Over, or under 34 Mg/year of NMOCs?

Are you a candidate for Tier 4? In the closed landfill subcategory?

For EG sites contact the SCS state representative by sending a request to service@scsengineers.com

SCS Engineers will be publishing Pat Sullivan’s Technical Bulletin Summary of Final NSPS/EG Rules for Landfills as soon as it is published in the federal register. Meanwhile, please contact your SCS Project Manager or service@scsengineers.com for answers to your questions or advice.  Follow SCS Engineers on your favorite social media site or check our events for new presentations, publications, and webinars explaining the rules in more detail.


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