Regan Welch and Megan Martz will present on PFAS and Leachate Management at the Solid Waste Association of North America Illinois Annual Conference
Regan Welch, P.E. (Ohio) and Megan Martz, P.G. (Indiana) will present on PFAS and Leachate Management at the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Illinois Annual Conference on October 7, 2021.
A one-day event, the SWANA Illinois Annual Conference will cover issues facing the industry related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and leachate management, followed by a tour of a local PFAS project.
Regan Welch is a Project Engineer based in Columbus, Ohio, with more than 14 years of environmental consulting experience. She has worked on a wide variety of projects, including vapor intrusion investigation and mitigation, groundwater and soil investigations, enhanced in situ bioremediation of groundwater, Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, BUSTR UST investigations, permeable reactive barrier investigations, in situ leachate treatment, landfill PCC cost evaluations, acid mine drainage treatment, environmental compliance, and phytoremediation.
Megan Martz is a Senior Geologist based in Indianapolis, Indiana, with more than 18 years of professional experience. She most recently served as the Great Lakes Area Environmental Manager at Republic Services, where she oversaw engineering and environmental compliance activities at 50+ (active and closed) municipal solid waste landfills. She also has more than 15 years of experience as an environmental consultant providing services in the fields of soil and groundwater investigation and remediation, vapor intrusion, insurance claim defense support, environmental site assessments, and due diligence planning.
Regan Welch will present "Leachate Management with Phytomanagement Technologies" at 9:35 a.m. -10:05 a.m. CDT on October 7th. She will explore how leachate poses an on-going problem for waste management companies and State regulators. Phytomanagement for leachate minimization is an attractive option, particularly at closed landfill sites, as it offers a cost-effective, low-maintenance, green solution to a long-term, costly process. This technology has been implemented at multiple sites across the U.S. in recent years. Regan will discuss the details of phytomanagement for leachate minimization and information needed for feasibility studies.
Megan Martz will present "PFAS Landfill Management Options" at 10:50 a.m. -11:20 a.m. CDT on October 7th. She will discuss the developing PFAS landscape as it relates to the solid waste industry, and the implications it presents for solid waste operations. On-going research into PFAS chemicals and their effect on human health and the environment continues to reveal new and pertinent information that has the potential to facilitate shaping of environmental policies and practices. Accordingly, over the past 5 years PFAS have become a primary focus for toxicologists, regulators, environmental scientists, and industry leaders. As with any emerging contaminant, each of these stakeholders plays a role in helping to balance proposed regulatory guidance with relevant and appropriate industry measures.
SWANA is an organization of professionals whose mission is to advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound management of municipal solid waste in North America. For over 50 years, SWANA has been the leading professional association in the solid waste field, serving over 10,000 members throughout North America, and thousands more with conferences, certifications, publications, and technical training courses.
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