Join SCS Engineers’ professionals at WEFTEC, the Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibition and Conference addressing a diverse and comprehensive list of contemporary water and wastewater issues and solutions including:
Collection Systems – Management, operations and maintenance, infrastructure, overflow reduction, wet weather planning, watershed approaches, and regulations
Energy Conservation and Management – Resource recovery, combined heat and power, biogas optimization
Membrane Technologies – Application in wastewater and water reuse, innovations, enhanced performance, regulatory compliance
Plant Operations and Treatment – Innovations, technologies, processes, and proven solutions in water and wastewater treatment; including nutrient removal and odor control
Regulations – CMOM/SSO Rules, TMDL/Watershed Rules, Nutrient Trading, and NPDES Phase II
Research – Leading-edge process applications in water and wastewater treatment and recent developments
Residuals & Biosolids – Incineration, disposal, reuse through land application, research, regulations, politics, and public perception
Stormwater – Treatment, green infrastructure, wet weather management, modeling
Utility Management – Asset Management and financial planning for infrastructure, technology, regulatory compliance, and security; including environmental management systems (EMS)
Water Reuse/Recycling – Research, regulations, emerging technologies, proven processes
Water Quality & Watershed Management – Stormwater, wet weather, and watershed issues
The Produced Water Society returns to Midland to continue addressing water issues in the booming Permian Basin. The PWS gathers water treatment experts from around the world with regional and global expertise to bring the smartest solutions to the toughest problems in the field. Get your business in front of operators, decision makers, and solutions providers by sponsoring this technical workshop.
Join SCS Engineers at the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania annual conference. Kicking off the first session on July 24th meet Brent Dieleman, Senior Project Professional at SCS Engineers. Brent’s presentation, “Analyzing Recycling Streams to Survive a Tough Market,” addresses our nation’s current recycling conditions which are best described as “challenging.” Solid waste professionals who are positioning their programs to weather the market are also making their programs more sustainable. Brent will discuss how more of his clients are producing quality recyclable streams that can be used as raw materials in a circular economy.
Following the SCS Engineers’ presentation Mike Pries, the Dauphin County Commissioner and Ann Germaine, Vice President of Technical & Regulatory Affairs for the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), will present the keynote.
SCS Engineers is exhibiting at the Missouri Waste Control Coalition’s 2018 Environmental Conference, July 14-17, at the Margaritaville Lake Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri.
This year the conference includes a full Brownfields track, sessions on Tanks, Land Development, Legal, Solid Waste and Environmental Services. Four SCS professionals will be presenting on the following topics:
When Technology and Regulations Collide
Wednesday, June 5 • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET
This webinar will describe the history of emissions controls employed on biogas (e.g., landfill gas, digester gas, etc.) engines that are used in renewable energy projects. It will include a summary of the evolution of these controls over the last 20 years and cover the regulatory requirements that have affected these controls, including determinations of BACT or LAER. The webinar will include case studies where these controls were employed.
The audience for this webinar includes those in the air quality field including vendors of emissions control technologies, engine plant owner/operators, air regulators, and renewable energy project developers.
Members $99.00 | Full-price $149.00
Christian Colline, PE, BCEE, CPP, Director of Air Programs – West Waste Management
Christian Colline is a Director of Air Programs for Waste Management in the Western US. He has over 30 years of air quality experience. In this role, he manages the air quality permitting and compliance for numerous landfills, transfer stations, recycling facilities, composting operations, and LFG to energy projects. This has included 10 projects with LFG engines with various levels and types of emission controls. Christian served for many years on the Hearing Board of the BAAQMD and was previously an air quality consultant specializing in solid waste facilities.
Sharon Frank, QEP, Manager, Environmental Compliance, Montauk Energy
Ms. Frank joined Montauk in 2007 as Manager, Environmental Compliance. She has managed environmental compliance for all of Montauk’s LFG electric and renewable natural gas (RNG) projects. Prior to joining Montauk, she managed the environmental permitting and compliance programs for Duquesne Light Company. She has extensive experience in air quality issues relating to Title V permits and NSPS for landfills and LFG recovery facilities. She has over 35 years of experience in regulatory compliance. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.
Patrick S. Sullivan, REPA, CPP, BCES, Senior Vice President, SCS Engineers
Patrick Sullivan has over 29 years of experience in environmental consulting, specializing in Air Quality, GHG, and LFG issues. He is a Senior Vice President and Managing Director for SCS’s Consulting and Engineering Operations in the Southwestern U.S. Pat obtained his Bachelor’s from Harvard University. He is also SCS’s National Expert on the Clean Air Act. Pat has permitted over 40 biogas to energy projects across the United States. He has published and/or presented over 100 technical papers in industry publications and conferences, including various A&WMA conferences.
Ryan Christman, Air Quality Professional, SCS Engineers
Ryan Christman is an Air Quality Professional with SCS Engineers and manages air quality compliance for several landfills in the US. Ryan also manages air quality compliance for other industrial activities, including fumigation activities conducted for the purposes of import/export operations. Ryan earned his B.S. and M.S. in Meteorology from Florida State University. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the South Atlantic States Section of the AWMA and also serves on the Board for the Baltimore-Washington.
For many oil and gas waste processing and disposal facilities, and water midstream facilities, groundwater monitoring is mandatory. The ongoing quarterly monitoring well sampling is a long-term operating expense that presents opportunities for cost reduction by employing new sampling technologies that reduce labor time and cost.
Conventional monitoring well sampling traditionally requires bulky and expensive pumps and support equipment. Time-consuming to use, these also require specialized training and are prone to mechanical failure in oil basin extreme weather conditions. Straightforward, lower-tech methods are available that can substantially lower field costs; in some cases, by up to 50 percent.
If your sampling results indicate potential problems, we recommend bringing in groundwater analytic expertise; this is where you want to concentrate your environmental compliance resources.
It is essential to conduct one or more background sampling events before a facility opening to interpret sampling results that may reveal facility issues. At SCS, we’ve seen many documented cases of facilities that unknowingly were operating over groundwater already contaminated by other nearby facilities or tainted by naturally occurring petroleum in the subsurface.
Another cost-reduction best practice is the application of statistical analysis to the lab results. While not always required by regulators, there are well-proven analytical tools that can answer questions about the source of apparent anomalies in the data. Ongoing application of these tools—even if only done internally—can reveal problems early and solve others before they become a liability.
About the Author: James Lawrence of SCS Engineers is a hydrogeologist with 25 years of experience in all aspects of the distribution and movement of groundwater in the southwestern and central portions of the U.S. Jim leads the groundwater monitoring program for SCS in the Permian Basin area. He works to resolve problems that arise with groundwater monitoring, including assessment monitoring, corrective action, landfill and natural gases, and alternate source demonstration issues.
His responsibilities include supervising the sampling, data reporting, and statistical analysis. His job experience includes extensive permitting-related hydrogeological characterizations, the design and implementation of groundwater monitoring systems, assessing groundwater geochemistry, soil and groundwater assessment investigations, risk reduction rules, groundwater modeling, design and implementation of numerous large dewatering systems, design of water supply wells, managing waste injection wells, managing CERCLA and RCRA investigations, and waste analysis/characterization programs.
Mr. Lefebvre, a Professional Engineer in nine states recently joined the SCS Environmental Services team. He brings over three decades of experience as an environmental engineer and consultant specializing in soil and water remediation services for both government and business sectors.
Mr. Lefebvre manages remedial action plans, multi-media contamination assessments, industrial wastewater treatability studies and treatment system designs for SCS’s clients. He serves as an expert witness as well. He has designed and managed industrial wastewater treatment systems for the pharmaceutical industry; successfully remediated groundwater at petroleum Superfund sites; restored soil and groundwater at several RCRA sites; and was the Engineer of Record for a South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) project to protect the Everglades National Park.
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More than 500,000 people call Volusia County home. Situated on the east coast of Central Florida, the county has 47 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches and beachfront cities including Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach and New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County has an abundance of natural beauty and some of the most beautiful parks in the United States.
Green Volusia is the county’s long-term initiative designed to provide residents and visitors with information about green, or sustainable, practices to reduce the impact on the environment. Green Volusia provides information about environmentally responsible practices that benefit the whole community as well as encouraging stewardship and conservation of our natural resources.
Despite the best green practices, it came time to expand the county’s landfill. The City Council approved a contract for Professional Construction Quality Assurance (CQA) and Engineering Services with SCS Engineers. SCS is an award-winning environmental consulting, engineering and construction company known for sustainable environmental solutions. The Council selected SCS for their in house expertise in MSW cell construction, and successful record of delivering the highest quality environmental engineering services.
The USWAG Low Volume Waste Technical Symposium and Networking Reception are being held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Baltimore Gas & Electric this year.
12:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Technical Symposium topics are as follows:
*Using a series of case studies Jim Oliveros of SCS Engineers will present strategies to save on disposal at most facilities by closely evaluating waste streams. Even minor adjustments to operations can change a power plant’s given waste stream, impacting the waste characterization.
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Networking Reception
An environmental insurance claim is simply the response and mitigation of an environmental issue or event paid for by an environmental insurance policy. Similar to an auto or home insurance claim, a company or individual purchases this type of policy to protect them in case a matter arises about their facility, operations, or property resulting in a regulatory requirement for investigation and remediation; forming the basis for a submitted claim. Such responses cost money, often a lot of it, and the environmental insurance policy is there to pay for the costs associated with the investigation and remediation of any environmental issues.
Any environmental issue can result in an environmental claim, so it is essential that you have the right policy in place to cover a particular claim. Typical issues or events include:
Insurance clients submit notice to the insurance company that an environmental issue occurred or was discovered which requires investigation and corrective action. The onus is on the client to provide sufficient information to substantiate a claim submittal. The insurance company reviews this information in their evaluation of coverage for the issue under the policy.
When a new claim is submitted to the insurance company, the client must provide information that substantiates that an issue exists and that further investigation and corrective action is required. Often their substantiation consists of the initial technical details about the nature and extent of the environmental problem. Claims analysts generally have a strong legal background but may lack technical environmental expertise; this is when insurance support services become valuable. The following paragraphs summarize each step in the process and how SCS insurance support assists claims analysts through the process.
Once the insurance company receives a notice of claim, they determine whether the client’s policy provides coverage for the specific issue or event that constitutes the claim. A claims analyst evaluates the specifics of the claim to determine if the associated details and circumstances fall within the specifics of the client’s policy. If so, coverage is usually accepted. If not, coverage is generally denied.
SCS’s role is to provide an evaluation of the technical aspects of the claim so that the claims analyst can take the distilled facts and compare them against the specifics of the policy; often called a “Source and Timing” evaluation. Take, for example, an underground storage tank (UST) release at a gasoline station. In this example, free product (gasoline) is observed in an on-site monitoring well where no free product has previously or recently been identified.
The station owner or their environmental consultant reports the apparent new release to the regulator, and a confirmed discharge is recorded. The property owner than notifies the insurance company of a gasoline release to the environment.
As part of the “Source and Timing” evaluation, SCS’s insurance support reviews tank system leak detection and inventory records, tank system tightness testing records, previous groundwater monitoring data, reports of any earlier releases at the facility, and any other information or data about the facility and the subject release. The goal is to identify:
If enough information is available to make these determinations, then the claims analyst compares the SCS report to the coverage specifics and exclusions included in the policy; determining if the event is covered. The claims analyst will usually try to make a coverage determination on their own if the facts are relatively straightforward, but often that is not the case, and the assistance of insurance support services is necessary.
This process can be straightforward, such as in the case of a tanker truck rollover or industrial facility chemical spill, but is often more complicated when insufficient information is available to make a source and timing determination. In the latter case, the claims analyst issues a Reservation of Rights letter, stating that the insurer is not accepting or denying coverage at this time as the circumstances of the claim are still under evaluation and investigation.
Claims can be denied if the incident occurs before or after the policy period; if the source or type of incident are not included or are specifically excluded under the policy; or if the incident occurred because of the client’s negligence. If coverage is denied no further actions are generally necessary on the part of the insurance company. Whether a claim is accepted or denied is often more complicated than what we’ve discussed here.
The claim is accepted; undoubtedly good news for the client. What happens now is that the claim becomes “Active,” requiring among other things for the claims analyst to set reserves. A reserve is an estimate of what the claim is going to cost the insurance company. Your insurance support consultant can provide a rough approximation of the estimated costs to achieve regulatory closure, which includes all expenses incurred from investigation through remediation, post-remediation monitoring and reporting.
Early in the life of a claim, these are preliminary estimates that are refined as a project progresses, often requiring the claims analyst to adjust their reserves; important to the insurance company as future reserves impact financial forecasts. Insurance support services will develop the cost-to-closure estimate based on all available information and data, as well as their professional experience on similar projects. The insurer wants the most experienced environmental consultants and engineers on the case because their estimates are more likely to be on target and identify potential regulatory issues or risks.
From the insurer’s standpoint, the primary goal is to maintain a high level of responsiveness to their clients and process requests for reimbursement against the claim. The role of your insurance support team can continue by managing quality control and evaluation of site-specific activities; ensuring that the investigation and cleanup are reasonable and appropriate given the environmental conditions at the site, all applicable regulatory requirements, and costs consistent with industry standards for recovery. The client and their environmental consultant are required to provide the insurer and the insurance support consultant documentation of the work as follows:
Over the life of a claim, insurance support may correspond with the project consultant on behalf of the insurer, conduct site visits, and be asked to participate in meetings, conference calls, and mediations. The overall goal of your insurance support consultant is to assist claims analysts in closing a claim in the most time-efficient, cost-effective manner possible within all regulatory rules and guidelines.
Once an active claim−environmental project has achieved regulatory closure, the claims analyst begins the administrative process of closing the claim. From SCS’s insurance support standpoint, all that remains is to obtain the appropriate documentation from the regulator confirming that the subject project is approved for closure and that no further actions are required.
There are other circumstances which may result in closing a claim, such as exceeding the maximum total cost that can be paid out by the policy, non-compliance with policy requirements, or new information coming to light which results in a change in coverage position by the insurer. In some cases, such as when there is a change in coverage position or the cause of the issue can be attributed to a third party equipment failure, the insurer may seek to recover costs expended from the client and third-party policies. That process, called subrogation, may require the expertise of your insurance support specialist and at times their testimony as an expert witness.
There are several ways that SCS helps our insurance clients and other clients. The involvement of insurance companies is becoming more pervasive throughout environmental consulting and engineering in all business sectors. The combination of SCS’s industry expertise, contacts associated with our insurance support services, and our Federal, State, and local level regulatory expertise brings more knowledge and efficiency to each project. SCS offers a wide range of engineering and environmental services, a national presence, and a positive established industry reputation.
Our clients appreciate being able to draw upon our insurance-related expertise to assist them with their submittals, interpreting insurance requirements, and liaising with insurance companies as part of our core capabilities.
Mr. Michael Schmidt is an accomplished industry leader with nearly 30 years of progressively responsible experience in the environmental consulting and environmental insurance industries. He has specific expertise focusing on the evaluation of environmental risks and liabilities associated with insurance claims and underwriting, site investigation and remediation, due diligence, and project management.
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