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Archive for the ‘Operations and Maintenance’ Category

1 May 2018

Hot landfills – prevention, detection and solutions

The issue of hot landfills has become a significant challenge to the waste industry over the last ten years. When a landfill’s temperature begins to elevate significantly, rapid response is necessary to minimize impacts to the public and costs to the owner. Each hot landfill is unique and I wanted to share the experience gained…

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Categories: Biogas and Landfill Gas, Environmental Remediation, Landfill Engineering and Design, Operations and Maintenance, Solid Waste
Posted By James Walker, PE at 11:30 AM  |  No Comments on Hot landfills – prevention, detection and solutions

7 March 2018

Storm water permitting and design – what’s new and notable with state and federal regulations in the Midwest?

Storm water permitting at landfill facilities is guided by a combination of industrial and construction storm water management practices under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) provisions of the Clean Water Act. This post will look at regulation changes in several Midwestern states to determine if changes are likely to result in practical differences…

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Categories: Environmental Planning & Compliance, Landfill Engineering and Design, Operations and Maintenance, Solid Waste
Posted By Dan Morgan, PE at 12:26 PM  |  1 Comment on Storm water permitting and design – what’s new and notable with state and federal regulations in the Midwest?

28 June 2017

What is an infrared camera – and how can it help me?

Imagine seeing someone looking down the lens of what appears to be a 1980s video camera pointed toward your facility. You may not know whether to laugh or call the cops! Believe it or not, this may really happen to you and I was once one of the regulators who did this. Prior to my…

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Categories: Air Quality, Biogas and Landfill Gas, Environmental Planning & Compliance, Landfill Engineering and Design, Operations and Maintenance, Solid Waste
Posted By Deanna Picklesimer at 10:00 AM  |  1 Comment on What is an infrared camera – and how can it help me?

7 June 2017

EPA administrator issues 90-day stay of NSPS XXX/Cf rules – what will it mean?

Faithful CornerPost readers know we have written about NSPS a few times. This time, I’m taking pen to paper (figuratively) to report on the recent 90-day Stay of Standards of Performance: Municipal Solid Waste Landfills and Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (aka the NSPS XXX/Cf rules), which was issued on…

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Categories: Air Quality, Environmental Planning & Compliance, Landfill Engineering and Design, Operations and Maintenance, Solid Waste
Posted By Julie Hall at 2:42 PM  |  No Comments on EPA administrator issues 90-day stay of NSPS XXX/Cf rules – what will it mean?

10 November 2016

Small changes matter when it comes to improving landfill gas quality

How many alarm bells go off in your head when monitoring data indicates a significant drop in landfill gas quality, especially if you are supposed to use the gas in a beneficial reuse facility? And what can you do about it? I have an interesting story about a Wisconsin landfill that illustrates that small changes…

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Categories: Air Quality, Biogas and Landfill Gas, Environmental Planning & Compliance, Landfill Engineering and Design, Operations and Maintenance, Solid Waste
Posted By Cyndi Neitzel, PE at 11:30 AM  |  No Comments on Small changes matter when it comes to improving landfill gas quality

25 May 2016

Concentrate management from reverse osmosis leachate treatment – challenges and possibilities

As discharge limits tighten, many landfill owners have begun considering advanced leachate treatment processes, in many cases membrane-based technologies. These processes use physical separation to remove pollutants. I wanted to share my thoughts on the waste stream produced by reverse osmosis (RO) treatment and give my take on the challenges it presents. Reverse osmosis is…

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Categories: Environmental Planning & Compliance, Landfill Engineering and Design, Operations and Maintenance, Solid Waste
Posted By Arie Kremen, PhD at 11:30 AM  |  No Comments on Concentrate management from reverse osmosis leachate treatment – challenges and possibilities

30 September 2015

Simple ways to use heat maps to understand your landfill and manage your LFG

Management of operations and maintenance (O&M) data at landfills is a great fit for implementing a geographic information system (GIS). Because of the frequency and volume of data collected during landfill gas (LFG) monitoring and/or surface emissions monitoring (SEM), GIS can be used to quickly capture, store, manage, display, and analyze the data related to…

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Categories: Environmental Planning & Compliance, Landfill Engineering and Design, Operations and Maintenance, Solid Waste
Posted By Aaron Weier at 11:30 AM  |  No Comments on Simple ways to use heat maps to understand your landfill and manage your LFG

13 May 2015

Tips for getting the most from construction meeting minutes

As an engineer, I attend more than my fair share of construction meetings, and I wanted to pass along a few tips for documenting – in writing – what goes on at these meetings. Are you reading this thinking, “Writing minutes is a boring exercise with no real purpose, and I can do it at…

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Categories: Environmental Planning & Compliance, Landfill Engineering and Design, Operations and Maintenance, Solid Waste, Transfer/Recycling/Processing Facilities
Posted By Matt Beebe at 1:05 PM  |  7 Comments on Tips for getting the most from construction meeting minutes

30 April 2015

Five advantages of using GIS to manage your landfill’s subsurface data

GIS can be used in so many ways to manage and analyze landfill operational issues. This post is going to focus on subsurface data management and five key advantages of using GIS to make it easier and more efficient. #1 – GIS helps you efficiently manage data and files for site assets I am frequently…

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Categories: Biogas and Landfill Gas, Environmental Planning & Compliance, Landfill Engineering and Design, Operations and Maintenance
Posted By Aaron Weier at 10:10 AM  |  1 Comment on Five advantages of using GIS to manage your landfill’s subsurface data

15 April 2015

How to rein in leachate to get big operations cost savings

Have you heard the saying, “The best way to control leachate is to prevent it?” I don’t know who originated it, but I have definitely taken it to heart. And you should too if you want to reduce your leachate treatment costs. Leachate disposal can be one of the highest individual landfill operational costs, especially…

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Categories: Environmental Planning & Compliance, Landfill Engineering and Design, Operations and Maintenance
Posted By Justin Obermeyer, PE at 11:22 AM  |  No Comments on How to rein in leachate to get big operations cost savings