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NEWMOA Science of PFAS Conference

December 1, 2020

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.

SCS Wastewater Treatment Director, Dr. Viraj deSilva will present on “Effective Treatment & Residual Management Strategies for PFAS Contaminated Water” during the “Treatment & Remediation” Landfill session on December 2 – 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm.

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.

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Free Webinar: Budget and Operational Strategies for Municipal Solid Waste Managers

September 22, 2020

The pandemic is making it harder than ever to plan and budget for municipal solid waste management. It is causing historical budget shortfalls that threaten public services. The scope and magnitude are unknown but clearly will be substantial in the weeks and months ahead.

SCS Management Services® invites you to a free educational webinar discussing strategies and resources that may help you navigate these unchartered waters. We then follow up with a live Q&A forum.

Vita Quinn
Amy Dzialowski
Town Council
Robert Gardner
Solid Waste


Our panelists bring three perspectives to the table, including the financial expertise of a local government economist, a town council member, and a solid waste planner. They will provide strategies, resources, and microanalysis that could help support your department and others as you prepare, and will likely amend your operating budgets over the next two years. The second half of the program is devoted to Q&A and idea exchange.

This educational webinar and Q&A forum are free and open to all municipal leaders who want to:

  • Avoid municipal or utility service disruptions
  • Continue to provide services to customers who can’t afford to pay
  • Predict the impact on property, earnings, or sales tax revenues
  • Estimate the change in waste generation or water use
  • Share and learn ideas and strategies among their peers, without a sales pitch.



When: Sep 22, 2020, 11:00 AM Eastern


Virtual seating capacity is 100; to register in advance for this webinar visit:




Important note about registration: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. This is your personal Zoom invitation that may not be shared with others.

If you’d like to share the registration with your colleagues and other departmental heads who may want to attend, simply click the envelope icon on this page (above) to send them the free webinar information and registration link.






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EPA Brownfields grant applications up to $800K due October 28, 2020

September 21, 2020

Shown here COMM22, developed by BRIDGE-Housing, is an award-winning mixed-use, mixed-income, transit-oriented development located at Commercial and 22nd streets in San Diego. SCS’s environmental remediation of the property to ensure human health and the environment were protected as cost-effectively as possible enabled the four-phase development project; supporting both the social and business goals of our client and the community.

Many things have been put on hold, but your plans for community revitalization and economic resilience are still critically important. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Grant applications are due October 28, 2020.

Local governments and non-profits use Brownfields grants to complete environmental assessments, redevelopment planning, and environmental cleanup. The grant opportunities available now are as follows:

Brownfields Assessment Grant– for Brownfields inventories, environmental assessment, redevelopment planning, and cleanup planning. Funding amounts of $300,000 for community-wide and $600,000 for coalitions.

Brownfields Cleanup Grant– for environmental cleanup of a specific property or properties, currently owned by the applicant. Funding amounts up to $500,000

Brownfields Multi-Purpose Grant-for a range of activities including redevelopment planning, inventories, environmental assessment, and environmental cleanup. Funding amounts up to $800,000.

SCS Engineers has provided grant writing and implementation services for over $10 million in successful Brownfields grant applications including an 80% success rate for first-time applications and over 90% success rate for second round applications. Our Brownfields team is ready to support your grant application effort too. We will work with you to understand the EPA Brownfields grant opportunities and support your development of a successful proposal.

SCS Engineers is a national environmental consulting and contracting company with local experts.  We serve as Brownfields’ consultants for many public and private sector clients. Find more inspiration and economic redevelopment successes across our nation:


Contact Dan Johnson, Mr. Johnson brings 35 years of experience and over 200 EPA contracts he’s managed to support your grant application. He is a nationally recognized Brownfield expert and author; current practices regarding environmental assessments; speaks or chairs numerous conferences on hazardous waste issues related to real estate transactions and Brownfields redevelopment.


Contact Amy Dzialowski, Ms. Dzialowski is a nationally recognized expert in Brownfields redevelopment, site reuse, and planning. She has supported grant applications and Brownfield implementation for dozens of communities.


Contact Ray Tierney, Mr. Tierney is a Professional Geologist with over 30 years of experience in environmental and sustainability engineering and has helped a wide range of organizations control and reduce their legacy environmental impacts and liabilities, lower their costs, obtain grants for Brownfields, and implement cost-saving practices.


Kirk Blevins, Mr. Blevins is experienced in land development and redevelopment support, due diligence for property transactions, Brownfield redevelopment, environmental compliance auditing, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) sites.


Find a Brownfields consultant near you, try our staff directory where you can search by specialty, city, and state.






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Waste Management wins technology award for innovative environmental platform

September 15, 2020

Learn more about Waste Management’s Award at minute 30:54 of the video conference recording. Congratulations to the Waste Management Team!

The Ignition Firebrand Awards recognize system integrators such as SCS Engineers and industrial firms for their use of technology to create innovative solutions.

Today at the virtual Ignition Community Conference, Waste Management (WM) is accepting the 2020 Firebrand Award for its landfill technology and automation platform advances. The Company designed an internal solution then contracted with SCS Engineers’ RMC Practice, and Vertech Industrial Solutions to deploy WM’s new innovative ‘Connected Landfills’ pilot.

“Waste Management is excited to be recognized for our innovative work and use of new technologies,” said Bryan Tindell, vice president of disposal operations at Waste Management. “Striving for the most innovative and advanced technology in the world of waste helps ensure we are able to continue providing essential services for residents, customers and our communities. The use of advanced technology has also introduced new ways of working for our employees, further elevating their daily experience and streamlining our processes.”

WM’s Connected Landfills system was first piloted at the West Edmonton Landfill in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The pilot proved to simplify workflows, equipping landfill assets with internet-connected devices and sensors. Technicians are able to review data remotely via dashboards on mobile devices, allowing them to monitor changes, make decisions and even directly interact with equipment with the push of a button. With less time spent in transit, landfill employees will be able to spend more time managing landfills’ productivity and health.

“The integration of remote monitoring and control helps make landfill operations more efficient, sustainable, and creates a safer environment for landfill staff and the surrounding community,” said Dave Hostetter, regional manager of SCS RMC®. “That the innovation is being recognized as well is gratifying.”

This design and integration advances WM’s existing environmental management platform by increasing worker safety, the user experience, and running the landfill systems efficiently. It also supports Waste Management’s commitment to ensuring public safety and environmental protection for landfill staff and the surrounding community. Landfills, and the municipalities and companies that operate landfills use sophisticated technology to manage the complex environmental systems that keep citizens and the air, water, and soil surrounding landfills healthy. Ongoing collection of data from these assets, often collected by checking meters positioned throughout landfill sites, is essential for landfills’ safe operation.

Waste Management operates the largest network of landfills in the industry, managing the disposal of almost 100 million tons of waste every year at over 250 sites across Canada and the US. Based on the pilot’s success, WM plans to expand the Connected Landfills system to other sites throughout North America.

About Waste Management
Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management environmental services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the Company provides collection, transfer, disposal services, and recycling and resource recovery. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The Company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management, www.wm.com.

About SCS Engineers
SCS Engineers’ environmental solutions and technology are a direct result of our experience and dedication to |solid waste management and other industries responsible for safeguarding the environment while delivering products and services. For more information about SCS, please visit our website at scsengineers.com or watch our 50th Anniversary video.






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Show Me the Money! Brownfield Redevelopment for Affordable Housing CA Conference

September 12, 2020

Brownfields, particularly those in urban infill areas, can be successfully redeveloped into housing and other productive uses with significant benefits to the surrounding communities. Redeveloping brownfields is also an important strategy in addressing California’s affordable housing crisis.

However, funding for brownfield redevelopment falls well short of the need, which is exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting impacts on budgets. But there is hope. Proposed legislation and budget requests for new sources of funding for brownfield redevelopment are proposed in excess of $100M. These policy shifts and resulting funding would make a big difference.

At the upcoming California Land Recycling Conference, several experts from the public and private sectors will share their insights and the latest information about these potential funding sources and opportunities for affordable housing and infill sites in California.

Moderated by Dan Johnson, Vice President & National Partner for Brownfield Redevelopment at SCS Engineers, the panelists are:

  • Janae Davis, Deputy Executive Director of the California Pollution Control Financing Authority
  • Diane Barclay, Assistant Deputy Director and UST Cleanup Fund Manager with the State Water Resources Control Board
  • Markus Niebanck, Principal with Amicus Strategic Environmental Consulting.

The conference is scheduled for Sept. 22-24, 2020. To join this interactive session, Sept. 23 from 2:15 to 3:00 PST, register at https://bit.ly/2FoWI89. Non-profit and student tickets are $25, government tickets are $50, and General Admission is $75.


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Environmental insurance claims have many elements…

September 8, 2020

Environmental Insurance Services - SCS Engineers

…it’s like balancing a chemical equation to get the right answer.

SCS Engineers works with insurance firms, and we understand the insurance industry’s involvement in environmental and engineering projects. Our professional staff, located according to their knowledge of regional and local geography, regulatory policies, and industrial or scientific specialty, are available nationwide. SCS professionals are sought after as technical experts, admitted as expert witnesses, and support legal counsel in a variety of environmental and regulatory litigation matters.

Rising to meet the needs of insurance companies, SCS has the resources and professionals to assist commercial, industrial and municipal clients with a wide range of environmental and engineering issues and scenarios that can occur in the course of business operations. As a result, SCS also assists clients who have the need for, and exposure to, environmental insurance policies, assisting with coverage-related matters and claims. For our engineering and environmental clients, SCS has the depth of insurance experience and technical expertise to provide the guidance needed to help with environmental claims and can act as a liaison to facilitate a more straightforward claim process.

Environmental insurance can cover regulatory agency-required cleanups, bodily injury, property damage, and associated legal expenses that may result from a contamination event. Contamination and the mitigation process are expensive, often more expensive than prevention. Contamination is usually accidental, such as a spill, but may transpire over time or be a pre-existing condition. Environmental insurance protects companies by covering the expense of assessing contamination and performing remediation, thus restoring the environment and helping to keep the business operating safely. Our experience includes a wide range of environmental claim scenarios (i.e. gasoline/service stations, transportation accidents, the oil and gas industry, manufacturing and industrial facilities, asbestos, mold), which dovetails extremely well with SCS’s own numerous business sectors.

The 5 W’s of Environmental Insurance

SCS Engineers Environmental Insurance Services and Case/Claim Studies





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Leading a company in a downturn…with Gabriel Rio of Milestone

August 31, 2020

oil and gas environmental engineers

If you want to know how to lead a company in a downturn…listen to this podcast from Oilfield 360 Media as David de Roode and Josh Lowrey interview Gabriel Rio, President, and CEO of Milestone Environmental Services.

Gabriel explains oilfield waste, how it is regulated, and managed, along with some of the better practices evolving in environmental waste consulting.

I have known Gabriel since his early days at R360 when he found my presentation at the International Petroleum and Environmental Conference (IPEC), regarding evaporation ponds; I believe it was 2010. He invited me to stop by his office in Houston, which I did while presenting at the Produced Water Society’s annual conference in Nassau Bay that year. I worked with Gabriel for several years and into the start of when Waste Connections bought R360. He has some useful insights and knowledge of the oilfield waste industry, what is happening now, and what they are doing to weather the current 2020 pandemic storm. Part of the discussion is about carbon sequestration and oil field waste. – Neil Nowak, SCS Engineers, Oil & Gas Exploration and Production


Oil & Gas Exploration and Production






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ESOPs are great places to thrive!

August 24, 2020

Pictured in January 2020, Bob Gardner, Jim Walsh, Tom Conrad (co-founder), and Mike McLaughlin. All Young Professionals joining SCS, they now lead this ESOP environmental consulting firm. Jim as President & CEO, Bob and Mike as Senior Vice Presidents. The founders converted SCS to an ESOP early in its history to reward its employees and create a leadership path that exists today.  


Waste Today reports M&A activity in the waste and recycling sector up big in 2020. No surprise there, but some employees prefer to avoid the suspense about their employment status that goes along with mergers and acquisitions. One of the first effects of a merger is widespread uncertainty among employees. Will I lose my job? What about my job responsibilities and performance, existing pay structures, and benefits packages?

1  ESOPs or Employee Stock Ownership Plans have many benefits, including that you’re not likely to lose your job when an owner(s) decide to sell. You are an owner with a meaningful voice. Here are a few other benefits at SCS Engineers:

2  We encourage a company culture of innovation – where different people integrate their skills to create new solutions and technology.

3  Our teams are more productive; productivity goes along with our clients and our own job satisfaction.

4  SCS attracts self-motivated people with expertise – you’ll learn much from your colleagues and have the opportunity to work with experts, and share your ideas.

5  Here at SCS, we genuinely respect our clients and strive for their success. It’s part of the culture of being an SCS owner.

There’s more to appreciate about ESOPs, such as tax advantages and company longevity.  NestEgg recently posted an article about ESOP longevity entitled Sharing Your ESOP Heritage Story.  We were happy to see SCS along with Davey Tree Company and King Arthur Baking Company – also celebrating milestone anniversaries this year.

Check SCS Engineers out – we have the pleasure of creating environmental solutions for municipalities, businesses, and industries around the world for over 50 years.




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Webinar: Controlling Industrial Processes Remotely and Securely

August 20, 2020

In the wake of COVID-19, the ability to remotely access and control critical processes is not only recommended for industrial organizations — it has become absolutely essential. Ignition Premier Integrators, such as SCS Engineers, make it seamless to set up remote control on any systems used at landfills; however, you should take the proper steps to keep your process safe from threats.

In this timely webinar, experts from Inductive Automation and SCS Engineers will show you why Ignition is such a powerful platform for remote process control solutions, and they’ll share best practices for getting the most out of it.


  • Check out real-world examples
  • Hear best practices for security
  • Learn how remote process control is used at different levels
  • See a live demo in Ignition







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Michael E. Dustman Joins the SCS Engineers Environmental Consulting Team

August 19, 2020

SCS Engineers announces the expansion of its environmental consulting team with the hiring of Senior Project Manager Michael Dustman.


Mr. Dustman brings 17 years of experience providing environmental consulting to public and private entities desiring to assess, delineate, and remediate environmental conditions adversely affecting properties and facilities. Clients often utilize Mr. Dustman’s expertise following natural hazards like hurricanes, tornados, and floods, causing significant risk to health and property.

As a Senior Project Manager, he will continue to focus on remediation and the planning for, and the recovery from natural and human-made hazards. His experience also includes health and safety (IHS) consulting to clients in Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Ohio, and Oklahoma, all locations with SCS clients. He has previously supported municipal agencies, private clients, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 Superfund Technical Assessment and Response Team, hospitals, and the U.S. Postal Service, among others.

Mr. Dustman has a wide range of environmentally hazardous conditions he mitigates, including asbestos, lead-based paint, and other hazardous materials, mold, radon. He regularly performs soil and groundwater testing and air monitoring.

“We genuinely strive to understand our clients’ challenges and goals, states Vice President and Environmental Services Lead, Michael Miller. “We appreciate the quality, standards, and leadership that Mike Dustman brings to them and our environmental teams.”

Welcome, Michael!


SCS Engineers’ environmental solutions and technology are a direct result of our experience and dedication to industries responsible for safeguarding the environment as they deliver services and products. Mr. Dustman’s educational credentials, professional certifications, and training are available on the SCS Engineers website. For more information about SCS, enjoy our 50th Anniversary video.


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