EPA releases new landfill emission standards

landfill-879437_960_720New rules for solid waste landfills are expected to reduce methane emissions by 334,000 tons a year beginning in 2025- the equivalent of reducing 8.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, according to a recent press release from the EPA.

Municipal solid waste landfills are the second-largest industrial source of methane emissions in the United States, according to the EPA, and accounted for 20 percent of methane emissions in 2014. To reduce this number, certain landfills will soon be required to install and operate a gas collection control system within 30 months after gas emissions reach 34 metric tons of non-methane organic compounds or more per year. The previous threshold was 50 metric tons per year.

The new rules will apply only to landfills constructed, modified or reconstructed after July 17, 2014, with a capacity of 2.5 million metric tons and 2.5 million cubic meters of waste or more.

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Staying Safe During the Holidays

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Safety is an important part of EFS’ company culture. With the holidays upon us, it is important to make sure that safety is top of mind when installing lights, driving on icy roads, or decorating your home.  Watch this video series, created by the Electrical Safety Foundation International, showcasing different holiday safety tips. Happy holidays and stay safe this holiday season!

Green Remediation

Green remediation is a term used to describe the process of considering sustainable environmental practices during remediation of contaminated sites. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Green Remediation Technology Primer in April 2008 to provide “topical introductory information” relating to Green Remediation. The EPA defines green remediation as “the practice of considering all environmental effects of remedy implementation and incorporating options to maximize net environmental benefit of cleanup actions.”

Green remediation asks us to consider all environmental impacts associated with remediation in an effort to limit collateral environmental damage while also considering future site use. A green remediation analysis considers the following core elements:

  • Energy requirements
  • Air emissions
  • Water requirements and impacts on water resources
  • Land and ecosystem impacts
  • Material consumption and waste generation
  • Sustainability or long-term stewardship

Greener Cleanups

According to this United States Environmental Protection Agency website, the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) offers programs devoted to tackling contaminated soil, groundwater, surface water, sediments, air and other environmental areas. These programs focus on cleaning up contamination in eco-friendly ways that are suitable for the welfare of all living organisms without using harsh chemicals or machinery that create their own carbon footprint during the cleanup process. The EPA has set five elements that make up a green cleanup assessment:

  • Total Energy Use and Renewable Energy Use
  •  Air Pollutants and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Water Use and Impacts to Water Resources
  • Materials Management and Waste Reduction
  • Land Management and Ecosystems

Protection OSWER offers an abundance of suggestions to bring about eco-friendly cleanup habits. OSWER suggests that energy consumption is reduced and the usage of renewable energy sources is maximized. It is also encouraged that the usage of virgin materials is decreased as well as the transportation of airborne contaminants and dust. To learn more about how to make your cleanup project green, visit http://www.epa.gov/.

EPA Releases Final Health Assessment for Tetrachloroethylene

On February 10th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted the final health assessment for tetrachloroethylene – also known as perchloroethylene, or perc – to EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) database. Perc is a chemical solvent widely used in the dry cleaning industry. It is also used in the cleaning of metal machinery and to manufacture some consumer products and other chemicals. Confirming longstanding scientific understanding and research, the final assessment characterizes perc as a “likely human carcinogen.” The assessment provides estimates for both cancer and non-cancer effects associated with exposure to perc over a lifetime. 

EPA does not believe that wearing clothes dry cleaned with perc will result in exposures which pose a risk of concern. EPA has already taken several significant actions to reduce exposure to perc. EPA has clean air standards for dry cleaners that use perc, including requirements that will phase-out the use of perc by dry cleaners in residential buildings by December 21, 2020. EPA also set limits for the amount of perc allowed in drinking water and levels for cleaning up perc at Superfund sites throughout the country, which will be updated in light of the IRIS assessment.

To read the complete new release visit: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/e99fd55271ce029f852579a000624956?OpenDocument

Abandonment of Monitoring Wells

Do you have a remediation project that has come to a conclusion or have monitoring wells installed that no longer need to be monitored? Do you need to properly abandon the monitoring wells? Environmental Field Services can provide this service. Please give us a call at 317.896.1116.

Who We Are

Environmental Field Services, Inc. (EFS) provides drilling and probing services; turnkey site remediation; system operation and maintenance; and industrial decontamination services to environmental firms, industry and governmental entities throughout the United States. From the initial identification and characterization of an environmental impairment, through remedial action, system operation and maintenance, to final site restoration, EFS has the tools and the talent to take your project through every step and ultimately to completion. For more than 15 years, EFS has successfully partnered with our customers in characterizing, cleaning and closing thousands of environmentally impacted sites across the country.