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Environmental Justice – Preparing for IEPA or USEPA Inspection

May 15, 2023

SCS Engineers Environmental Consulting and Contracting
Environmental justice and impact on permitting, inspections, enforcement.


Environmental justice is integrated into State and Federal environmental agency policy-making, thus impacting inspections and enforcement across the nation. While specifics are evolving quickly in each state, staying abreast of these basic requirements for the key environmental permits and plans listed here is best, especially if you have multiple facilities in multiple states.

  • Air Permitting
  • Waste Management
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
  • Spill Prevention, Controls, and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plan
  • Tier 2 Reporting
  • Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Reporting

We recommend this quick read to run through a checklist to decide if your facility is ready or may need an internal audit. For this article, we’re using Illinois and standard Federal requirements.

Read Environmental Justice: Preparing for IEPA or USEPA Inspection here.


Being well-prepared for an inspection saves time and expense but will also support your company’s relationship with the regulatory agency and promote better outcomes and reduced risk of enforcement actions.

Deficiencies noted during an inspection can be a catalyst for additional inspections among non-EJ-located facilities.

Manufacturers in environmental justice areas denoted within each state can prepare for regulatory review and inspection by conducting internal or external audits of key environmental permits and plans to evaluate compliance with state and local regulations.


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Posted by Diane Samuels at 4:49 pm

Leachate Management and Disposal Forum On-Demand!

January 3, 2022

If you missed the latest SCS Engineers client forum, not to worry, we’ve recorded it for you.


Clients, regulators, and environmental engineers participated in the SCS December forum. Samuel Cooke, PE/chemist; Nathan Hamm, PE/landfill liquids engineer; and Monte Markley, PG/deep disposal well expert, deliver valuable information and insights in this 70-minute session. They answer your questions about how leachate treatment and disposal preplanning can uncover efficiencies and open up options for managing landfill leachate and PFAS.

You work hard to stay on top of a diverse and complex mix of leachate contaminants — heavy metals, ammonia, and biochemical oxygen demand, among them. Lately, we have even more to think about, including keeping concentrations of these contaminants within the wastewater treatment plant’s tightening discharge limits and addressing compliance pressures as the list of constituents on regulators’ radar grows.

Exploring leachate treatment options to find the most fitting and cost-effective one takes vetting by a team of experts and field experience. For SCS’s December discussion and Q&A, our panelists brought their decades of expertise helping landfills, manufacturers, and waste facilities find more options and the most sustainable solutions and practices.


Click here to watch the video.


Additional Resources for Planning, Managing, Monitoring, and Treatment 

Monitoring leachate, pumps, pressures, and more:

  • Managing liquids – Changing waste streams and more rainfall in certain areas of the country complicates liquids management. SCS DataServices visualizes the impacts of liquids on wells and helps landfill owners better manage a proper liquids removal program.  The program will let them know how many pumps to budget for and, over time, where to relocate well dewatering pumps so that they are most efficient at removing liquids from landfills.
  • From maps to interfacing data forms to the next level X-ray vision. We’re doing 3D well visualizations, which give a kind of Superman X-ray vision subsurface. You are literally looking beneath to the well to get good intel,” Stephens says. Wellfield visualization allows you to see the subsurface field and well conditions, including pumps.

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Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am