US Composting Council Virtual Compost 2021 Conference and Tradeshow
January 26, 2021
Join the US Composting Council for its Virtual Compost 2021 conference and tradeshow, January 26 & 27, 2021.
With three focused tracks (operations; collection, policy, research; and product quality, use and markets) and 20+ speakers over two days, Virtual COMPOST2021 will be the go-to compost event of the year. Conference topics include:
PFAS – the financial and logistical challenges for landfills
December 2, 2020
Across the industry, stakeholders agree the next few years will be critical in shaping how landfills deal with PFAS and how the public perceives it. Waste trade associations, scientists, and a host of organizations are in the midst of conducting a number of studies looking closely at the issue, PFAS treatment options, the positive impact of recycling, and regulatory policies.
While there are sites noted in the article, there’s no practical way for most companies and landfills to respond at this time responsibly. Additionally, landfills are unique; no two are alike. Most human exposure to PFAS occurs through contaminated food. The majority of landfill leachate is pre-treated at the landfill before going to a wastewater treatment plant, where additional treatment occurs before discharge.
According to EREF President Dr. Bryan Staley, in the article, “The relative impact of leachate as a human exposure pathway needs further evaluation to understand its relative degree of importance as it relates to health implications.”
Dr. Gomathy Radhakrishna Iyer, landfill leachate and design expert for SCS Engineers, said some operators are waiting to see what regulations may come even as they work on accounting for potential compliance issues and seeking solutions. “When the clients are thinking of upgrading their treatment plans, some are definitely taking into consideration PFAS treatment,” Radhakrishna Iyer said.
“You’re spending millions of dollars, you need to do your due diligence, right? At this point, consideration should be given to PFAS treatment during the feasibility stages,” she said.
Meet SCS Professionals, including Christine Stokes – Project Manager in our Suffern, NY, office, at NEWMOA’s Science of PFAS Conference: Public Health & The Environment, at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Framingham, MA, December 1 and 2.
The conference will also feature poster sessions, exhibits, and plenty of networking opportunities.
The conference is hosted by the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA), a non-profit, non-partisan interstate association composed of state environment agency programs that address pollution prevention, toxics use reduction, sustainability, materials management, hazardous waste, solid waste, emergency response, waste site cleanup, underground storage tanks, and related environmental challenges in the northeast states.
The Recycling Association of Minnesota, the Minnesota chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America, and the Minnesota Solid Waste Administrator’s Association teamed up to host a series of 10 webinars running every Thursday from September 10th through November 12th.
The webinars will cover such topics as
Solid Waste Management Industry Resilience
The State of Recycling and Solid Waste in Minnesota from the MPCA
Direction of the Solid Waste and Recycling Industry
Recycling and Disposal of Green Energy Components
Expanding End Markets for Problem Plastics
Recycled Feedstock for Essential Manufacturing During COVID-19
Complementing the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council’s – ITRC, PFAS Technical and Regulatory Guidance, the website now has ITRC Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances – PFAS, and Risk Communication Fact Sheets available. The site and updated content replace older fact sheets with more detailed information and useful for those who wish to understand the discovery and manufacturing of PFAS, information about emerging health and environmental concerns, and PFAS releases to the environment with naming conventions and federal and state regulatory programs.
SCS Engineers’ professionals recommend further reading to understand specific chemicals or subgroups of chemicals under study to comprehend PFAA behavior in the environment. There are appropriate tools to develop a site-specific sampling and analysis program and considerations for site characterizations following a PFAS release.
Firefighting Foams – Aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) users and those who manage AFFF releases.
The Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) is a state-led coalition working to reduce barriers to the use of innovative air, water, waste, and remediation environmental technologies and processes. ITRC documents and training can support quality regulatory decision making while protecting human health and the environment. ITRC has public and private sector members from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is a program of the Environmental Research Institute of the States (ERIS), a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the District of Columbia and managed by the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS).
National paradigm shifts for using new technology
Harmonized approaches to using innovative technology across the nation
Increased regulatory consistency for similar cleanup problems in different states
Reduce the review and permitting times for innovative and proven approaches to environmental prevention and mitigation programs
provides Prevention with Risk Management, Process Safety, and Spill Prevention Plans
Can help reduce the possible impact on environmental insurance
Faster cleanup with less environmental impacts
Decrease compliance costs
Provides technical and regulatory expertise for public outreach
Regularly engages with state and federal regulators and compliance enforcement as a trusted engineering firm.
Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am
Tag Archives: PFAS
Real Estate Development – New PFAS Policies Impact Environmental Due Diligence
August 27, 2020
Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluroalkyl substances (PFAS) and other emerging contaminants are becoming increasingly important for real estate transactions. Several states have adopted or proposed health guidelines or Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) for PFAS in their state. States with adopted limits include CA, CT, CO, MN, NC, NH, NJ, and VT; and states with proposed limits include IL, MA, MI, and NY. You can track bills by state here.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are focusing their attention on these contaminants. The WDNR recently issued letters to more than 3,000 responsible parties listed with open cases on the DNR’s Bureau for Remediation and Redevelopment Tracking System (BRRTS) requesting they review PFAS use at open sites. Read a sample of the DNR letter.
With WDNR’s increasing focus on PFAS, a lack of sufficient due diligence, which includes evaluations for PFAS, could lead to significant additional liability for property purchasers, developers, and lenders. In addition, a lack of sufficient assessment could lead to a delay in case closure even after responsible parties have addressed all other contaminants and potential exposure pathways at a site. A sufficient assessment for PFAS will depend on site-specific factors and should carefully consider the associated risks and liabilities.
For real estate buyers, owners, developers, lenders, brokers, and contractors the potential presence of PFAS at a property presents significant liabilities that need to be incorporated into due diligence procedures and safe work plans. The investigation and remediation of sites with PFAS contamination can be expensive, and the WDNR is working to define enforceable cleanup goals for soil and groundwater.
PFAS are often referred to as “forever chemicals” due to their inability to be broken down in the environment. Due to the very high toxicity of PFAS, the proposed groundwater standard is extremely low – in the parts per trillion, which is more than 100 times lower than the groundwater standards for other well-known toxic contaminants such as benzene from gasoline or tetrachloroethylene commonly used at dry cleaners and industrial facilities.
PFAS are found in a wide variety of products, including nonstick coatings (e.g., Teflon), water-repellent coatings used on clothing and food packaging, fume suppressants, and firefighting foams. Potential sources of PFAS include many types of manufacturing and processing facilities, locations where firefighting foams have been used, metal plating facilities, wastewater treatment plants, and many more.
PFAS systems can treat and clean sources and remediation solutions by environmental engineers can bring properties back to life; safe to build and live on.
Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am
Tag Archives: PFAS
How do you like your cheeseburger? Lettuce, tomato, hold the PFAS
August 17, 2020
Chemical companies are phasing out certain PFAS commonly used in fast food wrappers – read the full story and report at C&EN.
Chemical manufacturers are planning to gradually ramp down sales of certain short-chain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) used as grease-proofing agents on fast food wrappers, take-out containers, and other paper-based food packaging, the US Food and Drug Administration announced July 31.
AGC Chemicals Americas, Archroma Management, and Daikin America will phase out sales of substances that contain 6:2 fluorotelomer alcohol (6:2 FTOH) for use in paper and cardboard food packaging beginning in January 2021. The process is expected to take 3 years, with up to an additional 18 months to use up existing stocks. A fourth company, Chemours, told the FDA last year that it has already stopped selling the substances in the US market.
PFAS that contain 6:2 FTOH replaced long-chain PFAS in food packaging nearly a decade ago because of concerns about the safety of long-chain PFAS, which are linked to cancer and immune disorders. FDA scientists, however, are now questioning the safety of those replacements. Data from rodent studies suggest that 6:2 FTOH accumulates in the body, the FDA reported in January (Toxicol. Appl. Pharmacol. 2020, DOI: 10.1016/j.taap.2020.114878).
“The data suggest the potential of 6:2 FTOH to also persist in humans from chronic dietary exposure,” the FDA says in a statement. “Further scientific studies are needed to better understand the potential human health risks from dietary exposure to food-contact substances that contain 6:2 FTOH.”
Rather than conduct those tests, the three manufacturers of the substances in question agreed to phase out sales in the US. – read the full story and report at C&EN.
34th Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School, Marco Island, Florida
July 21, 2020
Florida Environmental Network will host its 34th Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School on Marco Island, Florida, July 21-24, 2020.
Organizers are monitoring the COVID pandemic very carefully, and currently are proceeding with the conference, which will take place at the JW Marriott Marco Island Resort. There is also an option for Virtual attendance.
Meet SCS Engineers Professionals, who will be present — and presenting — at the permitting school, including
Dr. Viraj deSilva, SCS’s Director of Wastewater Treatment , who will speak about Managing the Regulatory and Transactional Risks of Emerging Contaminants such as PFAS
Eddy Smith, Vice President, will discuss Remediation Strategies & Case Studies
Jim Oliveros, Project Director, who will participate in a session on Emerging Issues in Pollution Liability in Florida
Florida Environmental Network, Inc. (FENI) is part of the Florida Chamber Foundation’s ongoing effort to keep its members and other business organizations informed of the numerous environmental and growth management laws and regulations affecting Florida’s citizens and businesses. Each year, FENI produces the long-standing and popular seminar called the Environmental Permitting Summer School, which focuses on finding solutions to Florida’s environmental challenges, development and research, and working in partnership with state business leaders to secure Florida’s future.
Our most recent Bulletin summarizes the 2020 USEPA Adds 172 PFAS Chemicals to EPCRA TRI Reporting Program. The new PFAS rule went into effect on June 22, 2020. However, the rule requires PFAS to be included in TRI reports submitted for all 2020 calendar year activity (i.e., January 1 through December 31). The deadline for submitting the 2020 TRI reports is July 1, 2021.
2020 A&WMA Virtual Conference Begins June 30, 2020
June 30, 2020
Air & Waste Management Association’s 113th Annual Conference – “ACE 2020 Gateway to Innovation”, has been transformed into a virtual conference that will begin on June 30.
A&WMA’s ACE 2020 Virtual Conference will allow you to stay up to date on timely and critical topics – all within an online environment that can be accessed from anywhere. The same great information and knowledge in their technical program will be available, with enhanced online features that will allow you to connect with presenters, attendees, exhibitors and sponsors.
The ACE 2020 Virtual Conference runs Tuesday, June 30 through Thursday, July 2 with an engaging lineup of scheduled live-streamed sessions each day and hundreds of on-demand presentations that will be available through June 2021.
The Virtual conference will include dozens of livestream events and presentations and numerous on-demand sessions, including the following by SCS professionals:
809664 – Uncertainty EPA has Created with New NSPS XXX and Cf Rules, with Pat Sullivan Gabrielle Stephens, and Cassie Drotman
796213 – An Overview and Next Steps for California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, with Ray Huff, Cassie Drotman, and Haley DeLong
799398 – Assessment of Factors that affect Hydrogen Sulfide Corrosion of Manhole Shafts, including Dr. Gomathy Iyer
807200 – Air Permitting Challenges for the Commodity Fumigation Industry, featuring Jeff Marshall and Ryan Christman