SWANA Publishes Peer-Reviewed Report On The Long-Term Environmental Risks Of Subtitle D Landfills

The Solid Waste Association of North America’s (SWANA's) Applied Research Foundation (ARF) has just released a revised report, called “The Long-Term Environmental Risks of Subtitle D Landfills.

The report summarizes what is known about the actual long-term environmental risks associated with municipal solid waste landfills and introduces long-term care alternatives that can be used to manage and minimize these risks. SWANA will distribute this report to Federal, State and Provincial regulatory agencies in order to initiate a dialogue on the regulatory changes needed to improve landfill operation during the post-closure period.

"This is an excellent report that makes a significant contribution to the scientific literature on landfills,” said John Skinner, Ph.D, SWANA’s Executive Director and CEO. “ It makes a series of important recommendations that, if followed, will improve environmental performance of landfills over the long term, “ Skinner added.

In light of this report’s important and far-reaching conclusions, SWANA decided to subject the report to an outside peer review by an independent panel comprised of the following leading academicians and researchers in this field:

  • Dr. Debra R. Reinhart, PE, BCEE, Pegasus Professor, Assistant Vice President for Research and Commercialization, University of Central Florida
  • Dr. Craig H. Benson, PE, DGE, Chair, Geological Engineering, Wisconsin Distinguished Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • About SWANA

    The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is an organization of more than 10,000 public and private sector professionals committed to advancing from solid waste management to resource management through their shared emphasis on education, advocacy and research. For more than 60 years, SWANA has been the leading association in the solid waste management field. SWANA serves industry professionals through technical conferences, certifications, publications and a large offering of technical training courses.

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