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Chriso Petropoulou and Mark Willobee (Illinois) presented at the 2017 Chicagoland Safety, Health & Environmental Conference held in Naperville, Illinois on September 18-21, 2017. Chriso's presentation was entitled ";Odor Source Identification and Abatement Technologies."; It highlighted Chriso's experience evaluating raw materials, manufacturing operations, and waste and wastewater generation and treatment to determine sources of odors at industrial facilities. Mark's presentations were entitled ";Illinois EPA's New Industrial Stormwater Permit"; and ";Developing a Successful Industrial Stormwater Compliance…
Mary deFlaun and Scott Drew (New Jersey) recently collaborated with several researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey on an article published in the online edition of the journal "Groundwater" on September 5, 2017. The article is entitled "Bioremediation in Fractured Rock: 2. Mobilization of Chloroethene Compounds from the Rock Matrix." Their co-authors were A.M. Shapiro, C.R. Tiedeman, T.E. Imbrigiotta, D.J. Goode, P.A. Hsieh, P.J. Lacombe, and G.P. Curtis. The paper is the second of a…
Scott Luettich (Maine) and Nick Yafrate (Massachusetts) will speak at a meeting of the Southern New England Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on October 16, 2017. Scott and Nick will discuss "Elevated Temperature Landfills (ET°LFs) - Recent Challenges Facing the Solid Waste Industry." Although not common, temperatures in excess of 250°F to 300°F have been measured in some landfills. The exothermic source of…
Rob Ferree (Michigan) will contribute to a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Part 201 Panel Discussion during the upcoming Michigan Chamber of Commerce Environmental Forum in Lansing, Michigan on October 11, 2017. The Environmental Forum will cover comprehensive updates on the most current developments in the environmental arena with leading expert attorneys, government officials, and top consultants. Robert Ferree is a Principal Geologist based in Michigan with more than 30 years of experience focused…
Geosyntec professionals will make a significant technical contribution to the Seventh International Symposium and Exhibition on the Redevelopment of Manufactured Gas Plant Sites at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in Louisiana on October 16-18, 2017. Geosyntec will be represented by 10 attendees and will be delivering five presentations. Savron, a division of Geosyntec, will also deliver a poster presentation. Presentation topics include innovative remedial technologies, novel analytical techniques, and a unique MGP redevelopment case study.…
Jeremy Morris and Robert "Dylan" Walker (Maryland) presented at the 2017 International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) World Congress and WASTECON 2017 conference in Baltimore, Maryland on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. Their presentation was entitled "Using Machine Learning Algorithms to Predict Landfill Gas Potential." It examined the use of machine learning algorithms to build solutions for new and emerging problems in the waste management industry. Existing applications of machine learning in waste management include waste stream…
Gavin Grant (Toronto) and Grant Scholes (Guelph) will present at the Remediation Technologies Symposium (RemTech) 2017 at Fairmont Banff Springs in Alberta, Canada on October 11-13, 2017. Gavin and Grant will represent Savron, a division of Geosyntec. Gavin Grant's presentation is entitled "In Situ Smoldering Combustion (STAR) for the Treatment of Contaminated Soils: Challenges Encountered & Lessons Learned In Providing a New Remediation Technology to the Industry." His co-authors were David Major and Grant Scholes,…
Geosyntec staff will make a significant technical contribution to Vapor Intrusion: The Conference II – Legal, Technical and Regulatory Perspectives at Hilton University Place in Charlotte, North Carolina on October 5-6, 2017. Geosyntec professionals will moderate a technical session, and deliver three presentations. Vapor intrusion continues to be a major topic of discussion in the environmental industry. Since the first vapor intrusion (VI) conference organized by the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG) Carolinas…
Joe Esseichick and Suzanne Gabriele (Colorado) will present at the Colorado Environmental Management Society's (CEMS) Fall Conference, "The Future of Environmental Management in Colorado - Challenges, Big Ideas, and Solutions for the 21st Century," at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado on October 10, 2017. Joe and Suzanne's presentation is entitled "Defensible Cost Estimating for Site Decommissioning and Redevelopment." Geosyntec is also a proud sponsor of the conference. According to the Colorado Environmental Management Society, recent…
Ravi Arulanantham (California) was invited by U.S. EPA and the Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST) program to provide two training webinars for the U.S. EPA's new employees and state regulators on the topic of risk-based corrective action (RBCA) on October 5 and November 6, 2017. The webinar held on October 5, 2017 will be a 90-minute basic RBCA training and the webinar held on November 6, 2017 will be a 90-minute advanced RBCA training.…
Ushang Desai (Florida) co-authored an article entitled "Evaluation of Spirometry for Medical Clearance in Occupations Requiring Respirator Usage" published in the in Occupational Diseases and Environmental Medicine Journal in Volume 5, Number 3 in August 2017. His co-authors were Giffe T. Johnson, James D. McCluskey, and Raymond D. Harbison. Occupational Diseases and Environmental Medicine (ODEM) is an open access journal. The goal of this journal is to provide a platform for researchers and practitioners all…
Dan Bourdeau, Taylor Walter (New Hampshire), and Hayley O'Grady (Massachusetts) were honored for their work on the Winnicut River Watershed Restoration and Management Plan by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Watershed Assistance Section. The NHDES will add the watershed restoration and management plan to their "family of great watershed plans." After a year of focused collaboration, Geosyntec professionals, along with the New Hampshire Rivers Council (NHRC) and our partners Wright-Pierce and the…
Mary deFlaun and Scott Drew (New Jersey) recently collaborated with several researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey on an article published in the online edition of the journal "Groundwater" on September 5, 2017. The article is entitled "Bioremediation in Fractured Rock: 1. Modeling to Inform Design, Monitoring, and Expectations." Their co-authors were C.R. Tiedeman, A.M. Shapiro, P.A. Hsieh, T.E. Imbrigiotta, D.J. Goode, P.J. Lacombe, C.D. Johnson, J.H. Williams, G.P. Curtis. The paper is the first…
As in previous years, Geosyntec staff will make a significant technical contribution to WEFTEC 2017 in Chicago, Illinois on September 30 - October 4, 2017. Geosyntec professionals will conduct two workshops, lead a special seminar, moderate a technical session, and deliver 12 presentations. WEFTEC is the largest conference in North America to offer water quality professionals from around the world with water quality education and training. Also recognized as the largest annual water quality exhibition…
Sandra Dworatzek (Ontario), a Senior Manager at SiREM, a division of Geosyntec, was invited to will present at the Raleigh Remediation Short Course at the Country Inn & Suites by Carlson at the Raleigh-Durham Airport in North Carolina on September 20, 2017. Her presentation, entitled "Use of pH Tolerant Bioaugmentation Cultures for Bioremediation at Low pH," is part of an educational half-day short course on in situ remediation of chlorinated VOCs sponsored by Tersus Environmental.…
Emily Campbell (Illinois) presented at the 7th International Symposium for Wetland Pollutant Dynamics and Control (WETPOL) at Big Sky Resort in Montana on August 21-25, 2017. Emily's presentation was entitled "Constructed Wetlands for Milking Facility Wastewater: Transforming Research into Best Management Practices." It was a continuation of her master's degree research on the treatment of milking facility wastewater. She collaborated with the Michigan Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Michigan State University. Her research was…
Olga Stewart (Alaska) was recently elected President of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Greatland chapter for 2018. This chapter covers all of Alaska, with the majority of participating members residing in Anchorage. Olga will coordinate social and technical events for members, outreach to K-12 girls, scholarships for aspiring women engineers, and collaboration with other professional groups. Olga is an environmental engineer with more than nine years of experience as an environmental consultant helping clients…
Amid rising tribal frustrations and widespread concerns emphasized during protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Justice, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) hosted a series of meetings with Indian Tribes in the Fall of 2016 to discuss their input in Federal infrastructure project decisions. Federal agencies are required to consider the effects of their undertakings on historic properties that are listed or eligible for inclusion in…
In an interview with Waste360, Nick Yafrate (Massachusetts) outlines the challenges and solutions for hazardous elevated temperature landfills. The interview discusses Nick's interests in his work, changes he has brought about, things he wishes his clients knew, advice he would give young person considering a career in the waste management industry, what he would like to see in terms of new regulations or behaviors for clients, and proactive monitoring of landfills. Nick was recently named…
Yonas Zemuy (California) will present at the 2017 Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG) Annual Meeting at the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 12-16, 2017. Yonas' presentation is entitled "Large Landslide Remediation by Slot-Cut Construction Technique at a Southern California Landfill," and his project team members were Saverio Siciliano, Chris Conkle, Alex Stern, Zahra Amini, Mike Minch, Chris Hunt, Goodwin Wharton, and Robert Bachus. Abstract Construction in existing landslide debris can be…
Nick Yafrate (Massachusetts) was recognized by Waste360 as an awardee in their "40 Under 40" awards program on March 6, 2017. Waste360's 40 Under 40 program showcases the next generation of leaders who are shaping the future of the waste and recycling industry and recognizes inspiring and innovative professionals under the age of 40 whose work has made a significant contribution to the industry. The winners are involved in many different aspects of the waste…
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the final rule for crude oil and natural gas facilities on June 3, 2016 for construction, modification, or reconstruction of facilities commenced after September 18, 2015. The regulation addresses air emissions of methane, volatile organic compounds, and sulfur dioxides from various affected facilities. The effective date of this regulation was August 2, 2016 and the initial monitoring survey to identify fugitive leaks was to be performed by June…
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