Nothing is certain except for Death, Taxes & Waste

Despite recycling and Zero Waste initiatives across the county, the volume of waste generated hasn’t decreased to the point where we see reduced demand on airspace or an offset in the growing costs of proper disposal. So WASTE and LANDFILLS are a certainly for the foreseeable future. Zero Waste initiatives – where, ideally, 100% [...]

By |2022-11-11T08:27:24-05:00November 11th, 2022|safeBERM, safeREUSE, safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

Best Use Practices = Good Public Policy

Although many environmental organizations state or are under the impression that they are utilizing Best Use Practices, but in reality, they are not. The debate over landfills and landfill expansions has gone on for decades and will continue well into the future. The opponents argue that landfills are unsafe, unhealthy and a public nuisance [...]

By |2022-10-07T10:05:13-04:00October 7th, 2022|safeBERM, safeREUSE, safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

When Does 1 + 1 = 3 in Environmental Stewardship?

“1 + 1 = 3” is a concept of obtaining greater success by solving two traditional environmental problems at the same time, the combination results in higher success than individual projects. For example, expanding a landfill by building an eMSE berm utilizing beneficial use fill from a remediation project. Project 1: Expansion + Project 2: [...]

By |2022-08-26T10:20:26-04:00August 26th, 2022|safeBERM, safeREUSE, safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

Coal Ash: It takes a village.

It takes a village to solve the looming CCR storage issue. In all discussions of coal ash disposition — either through beneficial reuse or keeping it intact but contained — the overriding concern is safety. The cap-in-place solution has been solidly debunked from a safety standpoint. The market for beneficial use of coal ash [...]

By |2022-07-15T10:14:15-04:00July 15th, 2022|safeBERM, safeREUSE, safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

Coal Ash: It can help fix itself.

It is all about BUILDING safe, adequate, and economical STORAGE. There is too much coal ash and not enough existing space (landfills) to properly store this waste. Utilities must develop different approaches to comply with ever-changing regulations. Now is the time to find relief to this issue; time is wasting away. Beneficiation has provided some [...]

By |2022-05-26T09:31:28-04:00May 26th, 2022|safeBERM, safeREUSE, safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

“See the whole board.”

During an episode of “The West Wing,” President Bartlet said at different points to Charlie and Sam to “see the whole board.” In the first instance, he referred to a real chessboard. In the second, the deployment of naval resources around the globe. In both cases, he was pushing his staff to step back [...]

By |2021-03-12T10:44:33-05:00March 12th, 2021|safeBERM, safeREUSE, safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

Sometimes It Doesn’t Pay to Be the Environmental Knight, But Sometimes It Can.

When does it pay to do more than the minimum? In a previous blog, I discussed the importance of doing more than the minimum requirements stated in regulatory documents. From an environmental standpoint, it always pays off to go the extra mile. Financially, applying additional safeguards can be expensive. Additionally, the current regulatory framework does [...]

By |2021-02-09T09:06:39-05:00February 8th, 2021|safeBERM, safeREUSE, safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

CCR Management: The Economics of It All, EnCAP-IT Solutions

Project Costs Matter. It is hard to believe that the massive push for CCR Environmental Management reform is all about the mighty dollar, but it is. Current arguments of this almost 12-year stakeholder battle have transcended to cost recovery, and who will pay for the CCR deposition methods. Like this wasn’t in the [...]

By |2020-12-22T09:22:18-05:00December 22nd, 2020|safeBERM, safeREUSE, safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

CCR Management: Grades and Costs

It is usually around 4th Grade when kids start to notice the grades sent home on report cards. These written in ink letters share a performance level on daily lessons, homework, and tests. It takes half a second to learn that the lower the grade, the more work a kid needs to do to [...]

By |2020-12-17T09:58:18-05:00December 17th, 2020|safeBERM, safeREUSE, safeSTORAGE|0 Comments

CCR Management: The Importance of Proper Strategy

It seems hard to believe that Utilities, EPA, State Politicians, Regulatory Agencies, environment groups, and the public around the country have been wrestling with this issue of what to do with legacy CCR for almost 12 years. Still even harder to believe is that the nation is making progress. Despite the emotion of it [...]

By |2020-12-17T09:53:24-05:00December 15th, 2020|safeBERM, safeREUSE, safeSTORAGE|0 Comments
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