Solid and Hazardous Waste
Waste management facilities are faced with a broad range of engineering, environmental and regulatory issues arising from historic waste management practices and present-day waste generation and disposal.
Our experience includes municipal solid waste, industrial waste, toxic and hazardous chemical wastes, and radioactive materials at publicly owned landfills, industrial and commercial waste management facilities, and closed or abandoned sites. Our broad list of capabilities ranges from characterization and long-term monitoring for historic sites to new facility design, permitting at operating facilities, and closure and post-closure care.
AquAeTer was retained by its client to thoroughly review and update the hydrogeologic characterization and ground-water monitoring system for permitting a major landfill expansion on the Colorado Front Range. We revised the characterization of the groundwater regime for this Greenfield site, and that revision became instrumental in obtaining State of Colorado concurrence with an ‘alternative […]
AquAeTer was called to an emergency response when PCB contamination was found during source investigation activities at a manufacturing facility in Ohio. AquAeTer’s preliminary investigation showed that the groundwater varied between 10 to 25 feet below ground surface at the interface between the bedrock and the overlying glacial till, with a potential flow to an […]
Alternative Final Cover Design
AquAeTer was a participant (along with State and Federal regulators and industry representatives) in the Interstate Technology Regulatory Council (ITRC) Alternate Landfill Technologies team that developed guidance documents and provided training, encouraging the design and approval of innovative alternative final covers (AFCs) for landfills. AFCs that support vegetation and promote evapotranspiration offer potential performance improvements […]
AquAeTer was retained by this client to prepare the design and specifications for a new 1.5 million CY hazardous waste disposal cell, and to prepare the design and specifications for the final cover for Cells #11 and 12. The new cell was designed, permitted, constructed, and approved for waste disposal by NV DEP within a […]
AquAeTer was asked to participate on an expert panel to statistically and quantitatively evaluate the potential risk to human health posed by the continued presence of closed radioactive waste burial trenches at the Western New York Nuclear Service Center. The Quantitative Risk Assessment panel considered a wide range of possible scenarios under which disposed radioactive […]