Proposed Amendments to the Coal Ash Regulations, Public Hearing Registration Open
EPA is proposing further amendments to the regulations governing the disposal of coal combustion residuals, commonly known as coal ash.
The proposal addresses two issues remanded by the courts back to EPA for action. EPA is proposing a modification to one of the criteria used to determine if coal ash is being beneficially used or would be considered disposal. The second proposed change is to the requirements for managing piles of coal ash. Other proposed changes include revisions to enhance public access to information.
In addition to accepting written comments on this proposal, EPA is holding two public hearings – one in person in Arlington, Virginia on October 2, 2019, and a second one that will be held virtually.
To learn more about this proposal and the public hearings, learn how to comment and register to speak or observe, visit: https://www.epa.gov/coalash/coal-ash-rule#July2019proposal.
Upcoming e-Manifest Fiscal Years 2020-2021 User Fees
EPA announced the new e-Manifest user fees for fiscal years 2020-2021 (October 1, 2019-September 30, 2021). These user fees are set based on the manifest usage and processing costs for each manifest type.
EPA encourages the hazardous waste industry to adopt fully-electronic manifesting as soon as possible so that industry members can take maximum advantage of the benefits and cost savings of electronic manifesting. However, EPA acknowledges that it will take time for industries and receiving facilities to fully transition to electronic manifests. EPA supports the wide adoption of electronic manifesting by the regulated community as soon as it is feasible.
For more information and to view the new user fees, visit https://www.epa.gov/e-manifest/e-manifest-user-fees-and-payment-information#2020fees.
Comment Period Open for Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) 108(b) Electric Power Industry Proposal
EPA is seeking public comment on a proposed rule not imposing financial responsibility requirements under CERCLA Section 108(b) for Electric Power Generation, Transportation, and Distribution facilities.
The comment period for the proposed changes is open for 60 days, through September 27, 2019. To learn more, view the proposal, and how to submit comments visit: https://www.epa.gov/superfund/proposed-action-financial-responsibility-requirements-under-cercla-section-108b-classes.
Incremental Sampling Methodology (ISM) at PCB Cleanup Sites
ISM has been shown to be a valid and effective method for determining the concentrations of contaminants, including PCBs, in heterogeneous soils when designed appropriately. This document has a brief description of ISM and provides EPA’s policy of reviewing and approving site-specific applications to use ISM at PCB cleanup sites: https://www.epa.gov/pcbs/incremental-sampling-methodology-ism-pcb-cleanup-sites.
New and Updated Pharmaceutical Frequent Questions Posted
EPA recently updated several frequent questions about the final rule establishing management standards for hazardous waste pharmaceuticals and amending the P075 listing for nicotine. Additionally, EPA added a section about the sewer ban, which was effective August 21, 2019.
Check out the frequent questions out here: https://www.epa.gov/hwgenerators/frequent-questions-about-management-standards-hazardous-waste-pharmaceuticals-and.
Use these EPA resources to learn more, or contact SCS at email@example.com and we’ll help answer your questions.
Meet SCS professionals, Sherren Clark and Phil Gearing, who will be presenting at the Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management Conference to be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Stevens Point, WI, February 27 – March 1, 2019.
This will be the 18th year the conference is jointly hosted by the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW), the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) – Badger Chapter, and the Wisconsin Counties Solid Waste Managers Association (WCSWMA). This partnership has allowed professionals from all aspects of the solid waste & recycling industry to collaborate and learn from one another.
SCS Booth 401, at the main entrance to Exhibit Hall D, is open:
Monday, February 25, 2019: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM during the Opening Reception.
Tuesday, February 26, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday, February 27th, 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Building the Future is the focus of SWANAPalooza 2019. The conference offers opportunities for finding long-term solutions for domestic recycling, landfill technical operations, and safety best practices with experts, government officials and SCS professionals from a range of industry areas. Discover the future of solid waste and recycling at SWANApalooza in Boston!
Monday, February 25, 2019: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Landfill Gas Systems Operations and Maintenance, Day 1 (of 3)
SWANA’s Landfill Gas Systems Operations and Maintenance course will explore the daily challenges associated with the operation and maintenance of LFG systems by discussing generally accepted industry practices as well as some new and alternative approaches for the capture, control, and management of landfill gas.
The information in this three-day course is useful for hands-on practical use in the field and presented in an easy to understand format. Class participants and instructors discuss alternative practices, lessons learned, and issues debated in the industry.
Monday, February 25, 2019: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Zero Waste Principles and Practices, Day 1 (of 3)
Professionals who take the new SWANA/CRRA Zero Waste Principles and Practices certification course will have the ability to integrate their understanding of Zero Waste with their existing waste management systems, practices and policies to move local systems toward locally-defined zero waste goals.
Monday, February 25, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
MentorMatch Mixer – Room 200
Grab a drink, then mix and mingle with potential mentors and mentees at SWANApalooza’s MentorMatch Mixer! Face-to-face interaction with experienced professionals (mentors) willing to start a six-month mentorship where they can share their expertise with fellow colleagues (mentees) looking for career guidance or professional development within the solid waste management and recycling industry.
Tuesday, February 26, 8:55 AM – 9:30 AM
SWANA Technical Division Awards – Ballroom B
Congratulate the first-ever winners of the SWANA Technical Division for Sustainable Materials Management. The first division award for an organization’s leadership and an individual’s achievements goes to…
2019 Sustainable Materials Management Award Winner: Interior Removal Specialist, Inc.
2019 Sustainable Materials Management DIAA Recipient: Michelle Leonard, Vice President, SCS Engineers
Tuesday, February 26, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
YP Morning Meet-Up – YP Exhibit Hall Lounge
Grab a cup of coffee and join active Young Professional volunteers in the YP Exhibit Hall Lounge! Catch up with old friends, make new ones, and learn about what we do and how you can get more involved in the YP Group.
Tuesday, February 26, 12:45 PM – 1:15 PM
YP Meet & Greet with Speaker Corrine Rico – YP Exhibit Hall Lounge
Meet speaker Corrine Rico face-to-face and further discuss her Keynote Plenary topic “The New Normal in Recycling for 2019 and Beyond”. Take some time to ask questions, say hello, and further discuss with fellow session attendees and Young Professionals.
Tuesday, February 26, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Young Professionals Mid-Year Meeting – Room 209
Tuesday, February 26, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Deep Dive: Emphasizing Food Recovery and Reuse to Help Meet Diversion Goals – Room 200
Grocery chains, schools, municipal waste departments, nonprofit organizations, and legislative bodies are all looking for ways to keep food in the hands of people who need it for nourishment and NOT send it to a landfill. This session offers a plethora of programs—see if there’s one that you can add to redirect food to the needy.
Take My Job, Please – Room 209
Join David Walker of SCS Engineers and other professionals who love their jobs, and continue to grow and develop within our industry.
Tuesday, February 26, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Time for Relaxed Networking – Ballroom A
Join SCS and the Southern New England Chapter for a taste of New England’s many contributions to food and drink, plus popular music courtesy of “The Proper Bostonians”. Featuring dynamic vocal harmonies and stellar musicianship from some of Boston’s most highly regarded musicians, this band has an infectious energy that keeps you on the dance floor. A fun photo booth will let you take a breather from dancing to capture memories of friends new and old.
Wednesday, February 27, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Tips for Aspiring Writers – Room 209
In today’s competitive marketplace, young professionals must perfect the art of personal branding — developing a unique professional identity. Personal branding not only benefits your own career, but it also enhances your organization’s image. A key element in building a personal brand is outreach: getting exposure and connecting in places where your target audience spends time. Prominent among these settings are industry publications and websites. This session will focus on writing skills to improve the chances that your product will be published.
Wednesday, February 27, 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
YP Meet & Greet with Speaker Phil Goddard – YP Exhibit Hall Lounge
Join SCS in the YP Exhibit Hall Lounge to meet speaker Phil Goddard face-to-face and further discuss his Keynote Plenary session topic “Capacity Trends in Southern New England: Short Term Risks and Long Term Solutions”. Take some time to ask questions, say hello, and further discuss with fellow session attendees and Young Professionals.
Wednesday, February 27, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Tackling Key Safety Issues – Ballroom B
Join Scott Lambert, Project Superintendent, Suzanne Sturgeon, CSMS, Health and Safety Manager, and Patrick Sullivan, Senior Vice President, all of SCS Engineers to discuss keeping your people safe at your facility. Experts in health risk analysis and tools for employee health and safety will help you be proactive in promoting a culture of safety.
Contact us if you’d like to arrange discussions on specific topics with our professionals. See you in Boston.
Paul Migwi joined SCS in May 2017 as an Associate Professional in the Overland Park office. Paul graduated from Kansas State University in 2017 earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering with a structural and environmental focus. He is now pursuing his Master’s in Engineering Management at KSU.
Paul was born in Kenya, and at the age of sixteen moved to the United States with his family. As a child, his dream was to become a pilot. When he grew up, he chased his dream and joined the military. Paul chose the United States Air Force because of its Civil Engineering and Pilot programs. In the four years that he served in the Air Force, he learned a lot about teamwork, engineering, and how to achieve his career goals.
After a year in training, Paul was deployed to Afghanistan for six months. After he returned, he worked at different Air Force bases and learned about construction, buildings, and concrete sheet metal. One of his best experiences and most memorable moments was at his first station in Guam where he worked with colleagues to construct a building in the middle of the forest. They used a technique called concrete tilt-up, which is pouring concrete sections horizontally on concrete slabs, and once they are cured, raising, or “tilting”, them with a crane and attaching them on a Pre-Engineering building (PEB). After multiple sections are created and raised, a building is eventually created. When the project was finished, Paul was amazed. Seeing the results of all the hard work he and his colleagues put into a building was a very gratifying feeling. He learned a lot about the technical process, but also about the importance of working as a team. To this day he still remembers just standing there and looking back at the completed building; “it looked awesome,” he said.
Paul’s military experience has helped him in so many ways, especially working well with others. He learned the value of teamwork, and how to work with different personalities. Teamwork has definitely helped him be successful at SCS Engineers. Paul says his favorite part of working at SCS is the people. It doesn’t matter what project he works on, he always enjoys working with his colleagues. They are helpful and supportive and always happy to lend a hand, and they are a big reason why he feels he has been successful at SCS.
Although Paul’s dream to become a pilot led him to join the military, his career goals and ambitions have changed. He enjoyed mathematics and science and wanted to pursue a career where he could use those skills. He majored in Civil Engineering and interned with a construction firm, envisioning a career in construction. Environmental engineering had not crossed his mind until he attended a KSU Career Fair where he interacted with an SCS employee who opened up his eyes to the possibilities. Later that day, Paul did his own research on SCS and was extremely impressed. He loved everything about the company, from what we do, the size of the Overland Park office, and the projects we perform. It also helped that he had friends who had interned with SCS in the past.
His everyday work varies at SCS; he designs using AutoCAD, and his main focus is on solid waste. He prepares Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPP), Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures Plans (SPCC), Facility Response Plans (FRP), and Control Quality Assurance (CQA), among other projects. Paul’s goal is to be out in the field more often. He believes that, in order to become a better designer, he needs to understand how things work in the field.
One of the biggest challenges that Paul has been successful in overcoming is balancing work and life. As a full time student and full time SCSer, it sounds very simple, but time management has made a huge difference in Paul’s life.
One of his greatest achievements and contributions at SCS was working on a permit modification. When one of their sites was at risk of a permit violation, Paul and the team had to redesign a practical and feasible landfill that would be acceptable to the state. When redesigning this landfill, Paul had to keep certain requirements in mind, such as water storage and how it affects the existing infrastructure, elevation, slope, and overall design. This project involved a lot of long days and nights, and, according to Paul, has been the best project he has worked on by far. It helped him see the big picture and truly understand how other projects work.
Paul is very ambitious and goal-driven; he has done a lot in his career and continues to push himself to grow every day. In his free time, he likes to be challenged and enjoys biking on bike trails. His advice to anyone interested in SCS is to, “Jump at the first chance you get; it is an awesome place to work!”
SCS would like to thank Paul and all of the Veterans at SCS for their service. Happy Veteran’s Day to everyone who has served!
SCS Engineers announces today that they are a founding sponsor of WISR – Women in Solid Waste & Recycling. WISR is the first of its kind nonprofit organization created in 2017, dedicated to preparing women for leadership positions in the industry by organizing chapters in key industry centers and providing opportunities for networking, leadership development, career mapping and mentoring. SCS Engineers’ support will help establish education programs in leadership as well as contribute to the creation of new chapters in at least six cities by the end of 2019. WISR is in the process of forming chapters in key industry centers — including Los Angeles, New York City, and Atlanta — that will offer quarterly programs including professional development with skills training, site tours, networking and leadership training.
“We look forward to meeting with colleagues in the solid waste, recycling, and environmental services fields to share our scientific, financial, and technical knowledge to move sustainable waste management forward in the U.S.,” stated Michelle Leonard, a vice president of SCS Engineers. “WISR will help us make a difference; for women and for the industry.”
University of Central Florida, MS
Robert P. Stearns/SCS Engineers Master’s Scholar
Project: Field Investigation of an Elevated Temperature Florida Landfill
For reasons that are not entirely clear, incidents of elevated temperatures in municipal solid waste landfills are occurring at increasing frequency. These landfills present temperatures that well exceed the range tolerable for micro-organisms (~176°F). Given the significance of elevated temperatures at landfills and the growing number of landfills with these issues, the goal of Joslyn’s research is to develop a more complete understanding of elevated temperature landfills using landfill gas and leachate monitoring data, specifically in the state of Florida.
Robert P. Stearns, Chairman and CoFounder of SCS Engineers, joined the EREF Board of Directors in 1999 and served as Chairman from 2004–2005. At SCS, he directed or served in a review capacity on many of the firm’s solid waste management-related projects. In 2007 EREF awarded the first Robert P. Stearns/SCS Engineers Master’s Scholarship, which was established to expand EREF’s successful doctoral-level scholarship program.
In this day and age, a back office customer information software system is a “must” for solid waste agencies managing inventories, work orders, and large numbers of customers.
However, many solid waste agencies have inadequate computer hardware and software systems to enable tracking of work productivity and customer service. Oftentimes, many use a combination of an Excel-based software system and manual card systems to track residential and commercial accounts. To the world of business operations, these manual systems are analogous to a stone and chisel versus a typewriter.
There are a wide variety of management information and software products used by solid waste agencies across the U.S. Each has its particular advocates and uses in the solid waste management practice. This article will provide an overview of the major trends in software development.
Increasingly, solid waste and recycling agencies are being asked by their political decision makers to improve efficiency, focus on customers, and reduce increased costs. Many agencies are managed with a combination of manual processes, desktop computer tools, limited vehicle and cart tracking and management tools, and custom databases. While effective, these methodologies often entail more effort, labor, and costs.
Smart technologies are expected to grow substantially over the next decade as agencies attempt to minimize their overall costs in solid waste collection and recycling and increase overall efficiency. As discussed briefly in this article, smart technologies have advantages and disadvantages. As agencies investigate technology to help support their service, ensure continued quality service delivery and meet demanding business requirements, it is important to conduct feasibility assessments to evaluate the economic costs to implement and update the use of new technologies in a sustainable manner.
Marc J. Rogoff and Laurel Urena of SCS Engineers.
SCS Engineers’ Phillip E. Gearing, PE is a winner of the SWANA 2017 Young Professional Award from the Wisconsin Badger Chapter. The Solid Waste Association of North America honors individuals like Phil who make a significant difference in the solid waste industry.
Phil represents the best of the young professionals working within Wisconsin’s solid waste industry. Clients, contractors, and team members appreciate Phil’s leadership and passion for doing the job right.
He is a dedicated father of three children and an avid fan of all things Wisconsin, namely Badger sports, Green Bay Packer football, and Brewer baseball. Wisconsin from head to toe! Phil was raised on a dairy farm in Jackson County near Merrillan and attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he earned his B.S. in Geological Engineering, Geology, and Geophysics.
Phil serves clients out of the SCS Engineers office in Madison, WI.