Iowa Recycling & Solid Waste Management Fall Conference, Waterloo, IA

August 17, 2023

Meet SCS Engineers professionals at the Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations (ISOSWO)’s Recycling & Solid Waste Management Fall Conference, October 2-4, at the Waterloo Convention Center in Waterloo, Iowa.

The conference will feature networking opportunities, a solid waste tour and a sustainability walking tour, exhibits, and auction, and educational sessions.

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PFAS CERCLA Exemption – NWRA and SWANA Submission

August 15, 2023


PFAS CERCLA Exemption Letter Submitted Electronically to:
The Honorable Michael Regan, Administrator U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Re: Addressing Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in the Environment, Advance Notice of Potential Rulemaking (ANPRM); Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OLEM-2022-0922

Last year, NWRA and SWANA submitted comments on EPA’s proposal to designate perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) as CERCLA hazardous substances. They also submitted comments in May in response to this ANPRM jointly with other “passive receivers” of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Both associations reiterate and append those comments to what is contained in this letter, urging EPA to ensure that landfills and other passive receivers are afforded relief from CERCLA contribution litigation prior to designating PFAS as hazardous substances.




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ABA SEER 31st Fall Conference, Washington, DC

August 4, 2023

SCS Engineers is a Gold Sponsor of The American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER) 31st Fall Conference in Washington, DC, October 11-13.
Join leading environmental, energy, and resources law professionals for knowledge-sharing, networking, and inspiration in the nation’s capital. The conference provides timely, topical updates on the latest opportunities and challenges facing the field of environmental law. 

Look for SCS Engineers’s Display Table and
talk with our Senior Vice President, Mike McLaughlin, PE, JD, about your environmental challenges

The ABA SEER 31st Fall Conference will feature informed discussion of topics including the environmental law implications of implementing the Justice40 Initiative, recent Supreme Court jurisprudence, practical tips for new and impending ESG disclosure rules, the latest in the Brownfields redevelopment space, and more.

Additional topics include the lifecycle of renewable energy and emerging issues related to the energy transition, from offshore wind to grid modernization to carbon credits. Top speakers will weigh in on PFAS and microplastics contamination of agricultural systems and waterways, how to ensure safe drinking water in our cities, and the impact of climate change on urban planning and environmental management.

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AEHS Foundation 39th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy, Amherst, MA

July 18, 2023

Meet SCS Engineers Environmental Professionals at the AEHS Foundation’s 39th Annual Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy, October 16-19, in Amherst, Massachusetts.  

This is AEHS’s “East Coast” environmental conference, and it brings together some 600-800 participants with diverse backgrounds, including representatives from state and federal agencies, environmental engineering firms, consulting companies, industry leaders, and esteemed academia — truly a gathering of the best and brightest minds in the field.

The conference delivers a robust and varied technical program with presentations on cutting-edge research, innovative approaches, and practical insights.  The conference offers participants the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community dedicated to developing creative, cost-effective assessments and solutions to meet regulatory demands, shape a sustainable future, and make a lasting impact in the environmental field.

The Association for Environmental Health and Sciences Foundation, Inc. (AEHS) is a non-profit, member-supported, professional organization, with the purpose of facilitating communication and fostering cooperation among professionals concerned with the challenge of soil, sediment, and water assessment, cleanup, and protection.

We hope to see you there!  For more conference details and registration information, click here



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Industrial Environmental Association (IEA) 2023 Annual Environmental Conference

May 15, 2023

Join SCS Engineers professionals at the IEA’s 39th Annual Environmental Training Symposium & Conference, June 1-2, at the San Diego Convention Center.

This conference includes over two dozen educational sessions on four tracks running simultaneously over two days, and features a robust Exhibit Hall, an Awards Luncheon, and a San Diego Bay Yacht Cruise. Panels topics will include air, hazardous materials, health & safety, sustainability, and water quality, with expert speakers from Southern California.

Hundreds of attendees from various professions such as environmental, health, and safety experts, NGO representatives, environmental engineers from public and private sectors, environmental consultants and attorneys, government affairs representatives, DoD, and many more are expected to attend.

Click for more details and registration information.  Hope to see you there!



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SCS Engineers 2023 Pennsylvania Solid Waste Seminar, Harrisburg

April 11, 2023

SCS Engineers is hosting our 2023 Pennsylvnia Solid Waste Seminars on Tuesday, June 6 in Harrisburg, PA.

This half-day seminar is designed to provide updates on the latest regulatory, policy, and technological developments in the solid waste, landfill, landfill gas, and sustainable materials management industries.  The sessions are presented by experienced SCS professionals, and continuing education units are available.

This year, our professionals will cover these important topics:

  • Use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Landfill Gas Data Analysis and OM&M, by Justin Stevenson
  • Leachate PFAS Treatment, by Sam Cooke
  • Compost Best Management Practices, by Greg McCarron
  • Emerging LFGE Financial Drivers: eRINs, Crypto, and Funding from the Fed, by Eric Peterson
  • Indicators of Heat Generation Processes that May Cause Elevated Temperature Landfills, by David George
  • Tools to Estimate GHG Emissions from Landfills, by Lisa Wilkinson
  • Pennsylvania Regulatory Update, by Josh Roth

Lunch will be provided, followed by Disc Golf.

The seminar is intended for solid waste management professionals, landfill managers, waste/recycling managers, supervisors, and operators. For attendees already possessing solid waste management and disposal experience, topics will provide a fresh perspective and cover important regulatory and technological updates. For those new to the field, topics will cover essential information on various critical aspects of waste/ recycling program collections, transfer, processing, and disposal, as well as landfill development, operations, monitoring, and management

We look forward to seeing you there!


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2023 Environmental Conference and Trade Fair, Lafayette, LA

March 14, 2023

Visit SCS Engineers professionals at BOOTH 60 at the 2023 Louisiana Environmental Conference and Trade Fair, March 15-17, at the Cajundome & Convention Center in Lafayette, Louisiana.

The conference will feature many presentations and opportunities to learn from industry experts, as well as several networking opportunities including a golf outing, opening reception, and crawfish boil and fish fry.

The conference is hosted by the Louisiana Solid Waste Association.

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Global Waste Management Symposium

March 9, 2023

SCS Engineers is a Silver Sponsor of the ninth Global Waste Management Symposium in Indian Wells, California, February 25-28, 2024.

The GWMS serves as a forum to discuss applied and fundamental research, case studies and policy analysis on solid waste and materials management. The community of researchers, engineers, designers, academicians, students, facility owners and operators, regulators and policymakers will participate.

Numerous SCS Engineers experts will be on hand to discuss your solid waste management challenges, and several are presenting at the symposium, including

Bob Gardner, SCS Senior Vice President for Solid Waste Services, is moderating the Landfill Gas Emissions Track, which will feature a presentation by Senior Project Advisor, Alex Stege, on “Estimates of Waste Section Greenhouse Gas and Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Emissions in Lebanon using SWEET” (Tuesday, February 15, 10:15 am – 12:00 pm)

James Law, Vice President, will present an “Update of ISWA’s Task Force on Closing Dumpsites Intiative – A Recent Study” (Wednesday, February 16, 8:30 – 10:00 am)

Stacey Demers, Vice President, will discuss “Factors that Impact Contamination on Recyclables” (Wednesday, February 16, 1:30 – 3:00 pm)

Dr. Gomathy R. Iyer will talk about “Landfill/dumpsite Mining and Remediation: A Review on Projects Worldwide” (Wednesday, February 16, 10:30 am-12:00 pm)


The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) is a strategic partner of the symposium.

Click here for schedule, registration, and other conference details


Hope to see you there!

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$2 Billion in EPA Grant Funding to Address PFAS in Drinking Water

February 17, 2023

EPA grant funding

On February 13, 2023, the EPA announced the availability of $2 billion of grant funding to address emerging contaminants, like Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in drinking water across the country. This investment, which is allocated to states and territories, will be made available to communities as grants through EPA’s Emerging Contaminants in Small or Disadvantaged Communities (EC-SDC) Grant Program and will promote access to safe and clean water in small, rural, and disadvantaged communities while supporting local economies.

This initial allotment of $2 billion to states and territories can be used to prioritize infrastructure and source water treatment for pollutants, like PFAS and other emerging contaminants, and to conduct water quality testing. EPA awards funding to states based on an allocation formula that includes factors such as population, number of water systems, and data related to emerging contaminants. EPA’s implementation documents contain information on how EPA will award and administer the EC-SDC grants. Participating states and territories should submit application packages for the grant funding at


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SWANA 38th Annual Northwest Regional Symposium

February 2, 2023

Visit professionals from SCS Engineers and SCS Field Services at BOOTH 28 at SWANA’s 3-day Northwest Regional Symposium, April 18-20, at the Tulalip Resort Hotel in Marysville, WA.  SCS Engineers and SCS Field Services are Bronze sponsors of the conference, and SCS Engineers is also a meal sponsor.

The symposium, themed “The Next Normal: The Future of Solid Waste Management,” will bring together solid waste industry professionals and students from a wide variety of specialized fields to exchange information and learn from technical experts.  Hear presentations by SCS professionals, including:

TOM PARKER (co-panelist), Interactive Panel Discussion on “Aging Transfer Stations”
Tues, April 18 (Session 3A:  1:10 pm – 2:10 pm, Chinook I/II) Track A: Facilities/Landfills/Safety

ALEX STEGE on “Estimating the Effects of HB 1799 on Landfill Gas Recovery from Washington’s Landfills”
Tues, April 18 (Session 4A:  2:20 pm – 3:20 pm, Chinook I/II) Track A: Facilities/Landfills/Safety

GREG McCARRON (co-panelist), Panel Discussion on “Facility Management Perspectives: Organics Trends and Changes”
Thurs, April 20 (Session 6B:  9:10 am – 10:40 am, Chinook III/IV) Track B: Planning/Diversion/Organics

KARAMJIT SINGH (co-panelist), Panel Discussion on “Rethink Contingency Plans for Waste Systems”
Thurs, April 20 (Session 4A:  2:20 pm – 3:20 pm, Chinook I/II) Track A: Facilities/Landfills/Safety

MICHELLE LEONARD on “Organic Materials Management: Lessons Learned from California and How to Survive HP 1799”
Thurs, April 20 (Session 8B:  1:10 pm – 2:10 pm, Chinook III/IV) Track B: Planning/Diversion/Organics

LAUREN BEAUBAN and LAURA JOHNSON on “California’s SB 1383 Technical Assistance”
Thurs, April 20 (Session 9B:  2:15 pm – 3:15 pm, Chinook III/IV) Track B: Planning/Diversion/Organics

The symposium program will include sessions on Organics Management Planning; Aging Transfer Facilities Planning; Waste Systems’ Financial Impacts (zero waste and funding opportunities); Emerging Landfill Industry Trends (PFAS, liner, leachate, and landfill gas); Sustainability, Recycling, and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). It will also include tours of several compelling sites, plenty of networking opportunities, educational credits, exhibits, and much more!

Each spring the Evergreen (WA and MT), Beaver (OR and ID), and Pacific (BC and Yukon) chapters of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) hold this joint Northwest Symposium.

For full program details and registration information, click here

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