New Way Breaks New Ground

Iowa’s Lt. Governor, Kim Reynolds, was one of many state and local dignitaries joining Scranton Manufacturing New Way on Wednesday, June 25, for a groundbreaking ceremony in Scranton, Iowa. Construction of a 56,000 square foot expansion at 101 State Street will position New Way for future product growth and boost the local economy with 75 new jobs. John McLaughlin, CEO of Scranton Mfg. Co., Inc., the parent company of New Way, Michael McLaughlin, New Way President, Johnathon McLaughlin, Executive Vice President, and Jim Ober, Vice President of Operations, outlined the project and how this venture also expands on the 43-year history, values and traditions of the family-owned, Midwestern company.

“We have always said that people are our most valuable assets,” said Michael McLaughlin. “This includes our employees, colleagues, vendors and customers. Ensuring we continue to adapt and grow means we must listen to these people and research where our industry is headed. The addition of manufacturing space allows us to offer fresh, new options in our current equipment line and to lead waste management innovation into the future.”

McLaughlin added they are working closely with Midwest Partnership, the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA),  the USDA, Scranton Telephone Company, Region XII, and Greene County. The addition is expected to be completed late in the fall of 2014.

For more information, visit www.newwaytrucks.com.

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CR&R Anaerobic Digestion Facility Underway 

Southern California based CR&R Environmental Services has entered the construction phase of its anaerobic digestion facility in Perris, California. The project’s first phase will convert over 80,000 tons per year of municipal organic wastes into Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). The project is fully permitted for 3 additional phases that will convert over 320,000 tons of organic wastes into RNG and generate the energy equivalent of 4 million diesel gallons, making it the largest project of its kind in the U.S. at full build-out. “We are excited to get construction for phase 1 in full swing,” says Mike Silva, Civil Engineer and Project Manager for CR&R. “After five years of careful planning it’s nice to see the steel finally coming out of the ground.” CR&R’s process entails the collection of curbside “green material” and food scraps from their municipal waste collection customers in Southern California. This source separated material will go through a proprietary sorting process to provide conditioned organic material to feed the anaerobic digester which converts the material into biogas. The gas is upgraded to produce RNG which can be used in CR&R’s natural gas collection vehicles.

The RNG generated from the first phase of the project will fuel about 70 collection vehicles. Subsequent phases will enable CR&R to inject RNG into the Southern California Gas pipeline. “Even though it will be challenging, we are confident that we can get our biogas cleaned to the stringent California pipeline standards,” says Silva. “We will be one of the first in the state to accomplish this.” Other added benefits of the Perris facility include the generation of nutrient rich co-products that can be used as soil amendments and fertilizers. These materials can be processed to generate organic compost and other products that are widely used in agriculture, nurseries, and the home-gardening industry.

CR&R anticipates completion of Phase 1 in the first quarter of 2015. The timeline for the development of future phases is largely dependent on the outcome of state grants that CR&R has applied for says Paul Relis, Senior Vice President at CR&R. “These types of projects are very capital intensive,” says Relis. “Grant funds allow the state to seed projects that will ensure the success of California’s ambitious organic waste diversion goals.” CR&R has received grants from the California Energy Commission (CEC) and South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) which enabled them to move forward with the project’s first phase.

The core of the technology for the Perris facility comes from German company Eisenmann, which has installed over 90 biogas plants worldwide. Their High Solids Anaerobic Digestion system employs a continuously fed, horizontal plug flow design which allows for maximum biogas production, a high degree of consistency and full automation. The gas clean-up system is supplied by Greenlane Biogas, based in New Zealand. This system will use water scrubbing and other advanced technologies to clean raw biogas to required specifications for vehicle fuel or pipeline injection. “The combination of these two world-class technologies will enable a high volume and quality of gas to be delivered,” says Silva. Other key construction team members include J.R. Miller & Associates for architecture and engineering services, and W.M. Lyles for construction management services. Both Miller and Lyles have extensive relevant experience in biogas projects, although the Perris project will be the first of its kind in the U.S.

For more information, visit www.crrwasteservices.com.

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EPA Proposes Updates to Reduce Methane, Other Harmful Pollution from New Landfills

As part of the President’s Climate Action Plan – Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing updates to its air standards for new municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills. These updates would require certain landfills to capture additional landfill gas, which would reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and help further reduce pollution that harms public health. The agency also is seeking broad public feedback on how and whether to update guidelines for existing landfills. Non-hazardous waste from homes, business and institutions ends up in municipal solid waste landfills, where it decomposes and breaks down to form landfill gas, which includes carbon dioxide, a number of air toxics and methane. Methane has a global warming potential 25 times that of carbon dioxide.  “Reducing methane emissions is a powerful way to take action on climate change,” said Administrator Gina McCarthy. “This latest step from the President’s methane strategy builds on our progress to date and takes steps to cut emissions from landfills through common-sense standards.”

Today’s proposal would require new MSW landfills subject to the rule to begin controlling landfill gas at a lower emissions threshold than currently required. Under the proposal, landfills would capture two-thirds of their methane and air toxics emissions by 2023 – 13 percent more than required under current rules. EPA estimates the net nationwide annual costs of complying with the additional requirements in the proposed rule would be $471,000 in 2023. Today, methane accounts for nearly 9 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, and landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane in the country, accounting for 18 percent of methane emissions in 2012. Regulatory and voluntary programs, including the agency’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program, have helped reduce emissions from landfills by 30 percent from 1990 to 2012. However, without additional actions, methane emissions are projected to increase through 2030. Also today, EPA issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) seeking broad public input on whether and how to update current emissions guidelines for existing landfills to further reduce their emissions, including methane. The agency is considering updating those guidelines based on a several factors, including significant changes that have occurred in the landfill industry since the original guidelines were issued in 1996. Nearly 1,000 MSW landfills in the U.S. currently are subject to either the 1996 emission guidelines for existing landfills or the 1996 NSPS for new landfills. EPA will take public comment on the proposed performance standards updates and the ANPR for 60 days after they are published in the Federal Register. If a hearing is requested, it will be held on August 12, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/landfill/landflpg.html.    


Waste and Recycling Industry Welcomes Supreme Court Decision on Greenhouse Emissions

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has relieved the threat of intensified regulation of landfills in the United States, according to the National Waste & Recycling Association (NW&RA). The High Court released its decision on Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) June 23, rejecting an EPA proposal requiring some stationary pollutant sources to obtain Title V or Prevention of Significant Deterioration permits based on potential GHG emissions. Many landfills managed by companies in America’s private waste and recycling industry would potentially have been affected by this regulation. “We applaud the Supreme Court decision to correct the Agency’s reading of the law,” said Sharon H. Kneiss, president and CEO of NW&RA. “Landfills are state of the art operations that comply with established regulations. Many of our landfill facilities collect methane gas and use it generate electricity or provide heat. These facilities are compliant with standards designed to limit GHG impacts, so these requirements would have been excessively and redundantly burdensome.”

Last October, the Court accepted petitions on whether the EPA’s regulation of GHG emissions for stationary sources was allowed under the Clean Air Act. An additional concern was whether landfills would be required to obtain permits under the EPA’s new rules. The June 23 decision did find, however, that the EPA reasonably interpreted the Clean Air Act to require sources that would need permits based on emissions of conventional pollutants should also comply with Best Available Control Technology for GHGs. The industry anticipates that the few facilities affected would be required will be able to demonstrate that existing landfill gas control devices are compliant. However, the issue of landfill air emissions is not entirely resolved. The long-anticipated update to the New Source Performance Standards for landfills was signed yesterday and made available in draft form this afternoon. It is expected to be published shortly. “We will continue to work with the federal agencies to press for reasonable approaches for improved sustainability and continued innovation,” Kneiss said.

For more information, visit www.wasterecycling.org.


Wastequip Provides Much-Needed Truck to D.C. Area Ministry

From behind the seat of his waste truck, one man saw an immense need in the Washington, D.C. area. Hungry families, shivering children, homeless men and women: these are the sights Arnold Harvey daily experienced in 2007 and acted upon with small feats of kindness until founding God’s Connection Transition <http://gctservingpeople.org>  alongside his wife, Theresa. The nonprofit organization provides food and clothing to individuals in need across the Washington, D.C. area, today serving more than 5,000 families, including many homeless.

But as the needs increase throughout the region, the needs for the nonprofit – based in Gaithersburg, Md. – increase as well. Earlier this year, God’s Connection Transition announced via social media a campaign to raise funds and purchase a box truck for collecting various goods from partnered grocers and retailers. Unfortunately, the campaign fell short of its goal. Wastequip <http://www.wastequip.com>  – a leading manufacturer of waste and recycling equipment – heard this story and stepped in to meet this nonprofit’s lingering need.

Recognizing this unmet goal, the rapid growth of the organization and the vast community service daily completed by a fellow member of the waste management field, Wastequip – in partnership with one of its dealers, Rush Truck Centers – emerged to aid God’s Connection Transition with the vehicle its 2014 campaign aimed to purchase.

On July 1, at the Gaithersburg warehouse from which the nonprofit operates, Wastequip and Rush Truck Centers officially handed over the keys to a GMC model box truck to Harvey and God’s Connection Transition. “This truck will help Arnold, Theresa and their team in their work to help people throughout the Washington, D.C. area obtain the very basics so many of us take for granted,” said Amy Wright, VP marketing for Wastequip. “We’re proud that Wastequip and Rush Truck Centers can offer this small token to this organization.”

In recent weeks, Harvey was named to Fortune’s Heroes of the 500 recognized for his “remarkable acts of goodness” assisting thousands of families throughout the nation’s capital. Notes the article, “No question the term fits Arnold Harvey to a tee.” Wastequip and Rush Truck Centers executives agree. Said Rusty Rush, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Rush Enterprises, Inc., “Arnold is truly a hero for the entire D.C. metro area. The men, women and children of this region are lucky he recognized this growing need, and swiftly acted to help as many people as possible every single day. We are pleased to work with Wastequip in support of this worthy organization.” Added Wastequip’s Wright, “Arnold is a man who will make you feel honored and humbled to know him. He accepts no praise for his actions, working tirelessly by day and spending his free hours giving back to the community. God’s Connection Transition is making a true difference.”

For more information, visit www.wastequip.com.



County of Sonoma Selects SCS Engineers to Support the Proposed Expansion of Central Landfill

The County of Sonoma selected SCS Engineers as the engineer-of-record for the proposed expansion of the County’s Central Disposal Site.  The expansion will add 9,000,000 cubic yards of solid waste disposal capacity, increasing the life of the site by decades. Working in support of Republic Services, SCS provides landfill engineering and permitting services for the expansion. The firm’s scope of work included the preparation of a Joint Technical Document, a preliminary closure plan, a post-closure maintenance plan, application for the revised Waste Discharge Requirements, as well as the necessary updates to the solid waste facility permit, the notice of intent and General Permit for storm water management. All major facility permits for the expansion have been granted by the oversight agencies.

SCS also developed plans, specifications and cost estimates for the foundation excavation, the installation of a dual-composite base liner system, drainage improvements, and an update to the landfill gas system. SCS’s onsite team currently operates and maintains the landfill gas extraction and leachate control systems. “This expansion will extend the lifespan of the County’s Central Landfill for about 20 years,” said Susan Klassen, Sonoma County Director of Public Works and Transportation. “SCS’s engineering expertise will be critical in developing and implementing the most efficient plan for the site, as well as in preparing all the necessary documentation and permitting.”

For more information, visit www.scsengineers.com.

 EPA’s Tips for a Happy and Healthy Summer 

Planning fun summer activities, such as beach trips, hiking, and gardening?  Follow Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) helpful tips — good for your health, your wallet, and your environment.

Air Quality
People with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are at greater risk from the presence of pollutants in the air and should closely monitor the air quality in their area. AirNow’s Air Quality Index (AQI) translates data into color categories so people can better understand what actions to take to protect their health. For more information and a real-time map: http://www.airnow.gov/. You can download the AQI via mobile application for your smartphone:http://m.epa.gov/apps/airnow.html

Beach Safety
When you spend time at the beach this summer, stay safe with these best practices. Swim safely, protect yourself from the sun with broad-spectrum sunscreen, stay hydrated by drinking water, watch for trash and other signs of pollution, and report dangers you see to lifeguards or other beach workers. For more information: http://water.epa.gov/type/oceb/beaches/dosdonts.cfm

Bed Bugs
Traveling is fun; bed bugs are not. Take steps when away from home to avoid bringing home unwelcome visitors. Inspect the mattress and headboard where you will be staying for the presence of bed bugs. Leave your luggage on a luggage rack, not on the bed or floor, and try to keep luggage away from the bed. You can find additional tips on avoiding bed bugs here: http://www2.epa.gov/bedbugs/tips-travel

Community Environment
Your community encompasses the people in your neighborhood and the space you share.  Your community’s air, water, and land are subject to environmental concerns. To learn about environmental conditions in your community and ways to prevent pollution visit:  http://www.epa.gov/epahome/community.htm

The average family spends 20 percent of its home utility bill on cooling. Cooling bills can be lowered by giving your air conditioner a break while you are asleep or when no one is home. Properly using a programmable thermostat can save you $180 a year on your energy bill. If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, dehumidifier, or ceiling fan look for one that has earned the ENERGY STAR label at http://www.energystar.gov/cooling

Fuel Economy
To save money and gas, follow these tips: roll the windows down when driving at lower speeds; use the AC at highway speeds, park in the shade or use a sunshade, and read about the AC system in your car’s owner’s manual. Additionally, complete needed maintenance and ensure tires are properly inflated. Learn more here: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/hotweather.shtml and http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/maintain.jsp

While some insect bites are benign, biting insects can carry dangerous diseases. Using the right insect repellent and taking preventive actions can repel ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting insects. Guidelines for areas to avoid bites and clothing to wear, can be found here: http://epa.gov/pesticides/insect/preventive_actions.htm  Additional resources are available at http://epa.gov/pesticides/insect/safe.htm

Lawn Care
With your grass shooting up, it is time to mow. For a healthy lawn, cutting height is recommended between 2.5 and 3.5 inches.Mow often enough to cut less than a third of total grass height. Leave clippings in the grass to recycle the nitrogen and prevent filling landfills. To learn more about lawn care, visit: http://www2.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/lawn-and-garden

Pest Control
Pest control in the garden often refers to the use of chemical pesticides. To ensure public safety, EPA offers a “Citizen’s Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety <http://www2.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/citizens-guide-pest-control-and-pesticide-safety> ” as well as tailored guides on protecting your garden <http://www2.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/read-label-first-protect-your-garden> , children <http://www2.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/read-label-first-protect-your-kids> , and household <http://www2.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/read-label-first-protect-your-household> . These guides offer advice on pesticide selection for health and pollinator protection and best-alternative environmentally friendly practices. Additional resources are available at http://www2.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/lawn-and-garden#safely and http://www2.epa.gov/pollinator-protection

Check the Ultraviolet (UV) Index anytime by downloading EPA’s app (epa.gov/enviro/mobile) to plan outdoor activities while preventing overexposure to the sun. Apply a palm-full of sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher that provides broad-spectrum protection 15 minutes before heading outdoors.  Reapply every two hours. Wear protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses. Seek shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Go here to learn more:http://www2.epa.gov/sunwise/action-steps-sun-safety

When it is time to water your lawn or plants, avoid watering in the middle of the day when the hot sun will evaporate the water. Instead, water during the early morning and evening, for a total of one inch of water per week, including rainfall. A WaterSense labeled automatic sprinkler can take the guesswork out of watering and save money. Find more watering guidelines here: http://www.epa.gov/watersense/outdoor/watering_tips.html.

For more information, visit www.epa.gov.