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.
Travis Keith White joins SCS Engineers as a Project Director heading up the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma office. Keith comes to SCS with over two decades of experience in industry environmental consulting and industrial health and safety for energy, chemical, and manufacturing companies.
Keith, an attorney provides legal and consultation services to Fortune 500 corporations in the oil and gas, utility, and manufacturing industries throughout North America. He has managed litigation and permit actions at administrative, state, provincial and federal levels involving environmental, water, wastewater, air actions and permits. His administrative expertise focuses on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Department of Transportation (DOT), and the USEPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations.
Keith also provides support of commercial asset management, due diligence, and transactional controls. Keith has considerable experience working with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).
A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, College of Law, a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association (OBA) since 2001, and the OBA’s Environmental Law Section; his practice areas were in Environmental, Administrative, Damages, and Indian Law.
Keith earned a Masters in Environmental Science from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from East Central University. He is a Certified Hazardous Waste Material Manager (CHMM), a Certified Commercial Mediator (CCM), and a Board Member of the Oklahoma Environmental Federation.
He is an acknowledged presenter of environmental, environmental law, health & safety, and management courses that are of benefit to companies who meet environmental compliance and safety regulations as a part of producing products and serving their own customers.
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EPA announced today a final policy to enhance effective partnerships with states in civil enforcement and compliance assurance work. The memorandum from EPA’s Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Susan Bodine articulates the final policy procedures and practices for effective coordination between EPA and states when carrying out shared responsibilities under environmental laws.
The final policy memorandum is divided into three sections. The first section details requirements for joint planning and regular communication between EPA and states to promote enhanced, shared accountability. The second section of the policy provides greater detail on EPA and state roles and responsibilities in implementing authorized programs. The third and last section of the policy provides a process for the elevation and resolution of issues.
The issuance of today’s final policy replaces the interim guidance memorandum on enhanced planning and communication between EPA regional offices and states issued by Susan Bodine on January 22, 2018.
If you have questions about the final policy, please contact your SCS Project Manager, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bill Lape discusses the most frequently asked questions about designing a training program that is part of your facility’s PSM and RMP programs and provides a defensible position during inspections while ensuring that your facility operators and maintainers perform their jobs safely.
Bill tackles all your questions in this article. Set-PSM-RMP-Hut-Hut
Operators know that selecting a Landfill Designer involves careful consideration of the designer’s experience and knowledge of construction to control costs and capital outlay.
Landfill operators usually seek to pay the lowest price for design work. While this is in line with the competitive market models, operators need to be sure that the designer’s experience lines up with their desired outcome, or problems may arise later for the operator. If the designer’s general or specific experience in the region is lacking, reconsider your selection parameters.
General experience is the comprehensive knowledge of landfill design and the development of expertise gained on similar projects over an extended period. A few project experiences in the remote past do not adequately qualify a designer. Experience in the region means that your designer has designed and developed similar projects in the larger vicinity of the project.
Regional experience demonstrates that the designer has significant knowledge of geology, hydrogeology, climatology, and available constructions materials in the area. Without this level of experience and understanding, the operator risks ending up with a system that does not function well and may be susceptible to environmental conditions, causing excessive project maintenance costs over time.
I recommend that operators work with a known entity; look for a designer who has done similar projects on numerous occasions in your region, and who can provide proof of their experience and knowledge to design according to your specific goals. A designer may not meet the criteria of the least expensive vendor, but a properly designed and constructed project can save a tremendous amount of money by:
Landfills are unique systems that require explicit design and construction criteria in order to operate seamlessly and safely for a very long period of time. Developing landfills generally takes several decades to complete and requires a substantial amount of knowledge and design consistency to ensure that the various landfill components function together.
Some operators change designers every few years without realizing that they risk inconsistencies in the design and construction every time a new designer comes into the picture. For this reason, I recommend that operators find the most qualified designer who is also very familiar with the construction and field maintenance of similar projects, and then stick with that designer for a long time.
At times, several different designers may be involved with various components of the landfill. To improve design consistency, I recommend that the most experienced design group review each design package regularly in order to help eliminate inconsistencies, improve the overall design integrity, and facilitate proper operation of the constructed systems during operation.
About the Author: Ali Khatami, Ph.D., PE, LEP, CGC, is a Vice President of SCS Engineers and the firm’s National Expert for Landfill Design, CQA, and Elevated Temperature Landfills (ETLFs). Ali has 40+ years of research and professional experience in mechanical, structural, and civil engineering acquiring extensive experience and knowledge in the areas of geology, hydrogeology, hydrology, hydraulics, liquids management, construction methods, material science, construction quality assurance (CQA), and stability of earth systems.
He applies his experience in the siting of numerous landfills and the remediation of hazardous waste contaminated sites. Ali’s expertise includes the design and permitting of civil/environmental projects such as surface water management systems, drainage structures, municipal solid waste landfills, hazardous solid waste landfills, low-level radioactive waste landfills, leachate and wastewater conveyance, and treatment systems.
His cross-practice experience includes the design of gas collection and disposal systems, hazardous and non-hazardous waste impoundments, storage tank systems, waste tire processing facilities, composting facilities, material recovery facilities, leachate evaporator systems, and liquid impoundment floating covers.
PROP 2019 Annual Recycling & Organics Conference – Analyzing Recycling Streams to Survive a Tough Market
Current recycling conditions can best be described as “challenging.” A significant market for recyclable materials has dried up and other international and domestic markets are not yet capable of accepting all the recyclable materials collected. This has left recycling professionals challenged to find options for processing and marketing the materials while considering updates to programs to align them with the current market.
Solid waste professionals are positioning their programs to weather challenging market conditions and make them more sustainable. This can be done by producing quality recyclable streams that can be used as raw materials in our circular economy. A significant first step is to evaluate your recycling stream and know what materials are being collected.
Brent Dieleman’s presentation will describe recycling composition analysis and highlight how these studies – and the data that results from them – can be used to make recycling program planning decisions. Many solid waste professionals have used waste composition studies to understand the types and quantities of materials being disposed of in their communities.
Recycling composition studies can be similarly used. These studies provide valuable community-specific data on the types of materials recovered as part of a recycling program. The benefits of such studies include:
Interest in these studies has expanded over the last two years with the tightening markets and increasing demand for clean materials in the markets that do exist. Brent’s presentation will provide specific data from recently completed recycling composition studies from across the United States. The presentation will describe the following:
Following his presentation, participants will have a greater understanding of how recycling composition studies can be used to improve programs to survive tough market conditions.
Brent Dieleman, Senior Project Professional, SCS Engineers. Brent has 15 years of experience supporting municipal recycling programs all across the world. He is currently administering and completing diversion related projects under the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (PADEP) Recycling Technical Assistance Program.
NWRA, SWANA, NERC, and ISRA jointly developed the “Think Twice” poster to help communities and individuals recycle materials in safe and appropriate ways. The poster is free and allows users to add their own website URL to provide more useful information.
Ask SCS about waste characterization, education, and outreach programs.
When the Federal Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) rule went into effect in 2015, it was a new regulatory layer on top of a widely varying landscape of state regulations affecting CCR management in impoundments and landfills. Some states already had significant regulations on the books for CCR impoundments and/or landfills, while others did not.
Where state regulations existed, they varied widely from state to state. While a few states have moved toward closing the gap between state and Federal CCR requirements, many utilities continue to face confusing and conflicting requirements coming from different regulatory programs as they move ahead with managing their CCR facilities.
In her paper entitled State vs Federal CCR Rule Regulations: Comparisons and Impacts, Nicole Kron shares state-versus-federal regulatory challenges utilities have encountered during landfill design and management, impoundment closure, and groundwater monitoring and reporting since the implementation of the Federal CCR rule. For example, some sites have completely distinct groundwater monitoring programs under state-versus-federal rules, with different well locations, well depths, and monitoring parameters for the same facility. She highlights unique approaches to bridging regulatory gaps and resolving regulatory conflicts between state and Federal CCR requirements. Ms. Kron also provides insights gained on the long-term potential for regulatory resolution of these issues based on discussions with state regulators in multiple states.
About the Author: Nicole Kron has nearly a decade of experience in the environmental consulting field. Her experiences focus on groundwater quality analysis of sites contaminated with coal gasification byproducts, coal combustion byproducts, chlorinated solvents, petroleum products, metals, and PCBs. Her experience includes managing team task coordination, groundwater modeling, and statistical analysis of CCP/CCR sites. She is experienced in planning and performing soil and groundwater contamination investigations, air monitoring, well design and installation, and soil and groundwater sampling.