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NWRA and EREF to Hold Coal Ash Management Forum

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) will partner to hold the Coal Ash Management Forum on July 21 - 22, 2016. The conference aims to be a forum where both the utility and waste management industries can share ideas, research, operations strategies and case studies on how to manage coal ash beneficially or in a landfill setting.

This forum is geared toward engineers, landfill managers, ash managers, as well as the consultants and suppliers that provide solutions for managing coal ash. Opportunities to better understand challenges in how coal combustion residuals on the power generation side will be discussed as will experiences from existing landfill owners and management companies.

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EREF Report Documents the Threat Potential from a Closed MSW Landfill using the EPCC Process

Regulations specify that owner/operators of closed landfills are responsible for maintenance, monitoring and condition of the site for 30 years (Subpart F of Subtitle D). This period could change depending on the time required for a site to no longer pose a threat to human health and the environment (HHE). Current regulations provide no guidance or specific criteria to release a landfill from post-closure care (PCC). To provide guidance on ending PCC, the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) funded the development of a performance-based Evaluation of Post-Closure Care (EPCC) methodology in 2006. This methodology provides a modular approach for evaluating the four primary PCC elements, leachate management, landfill gas management, groundwater monitoring and cover maintenance. The EPCC methodology defines the end of PCC in terms of “functional stability.” Functional stability is achieved when a closed landfill no longer presents an unacceptable threat to HHE in the absence of active care.

Since this time, EREF has funded additional grants to further evaluate the methodology and is pleased to announce the availability of a final report from a recent effort aimed to illustrate how EPCC methodology can be applied to demonstrate step-wise reductions in PCC activity from active controls to fully passive measures. To do this, a series of retroactive data evaluations at a case study landfill were conducted over a 20 year PCC period. The landfill evaluated is a 29-acre municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill on an 80-acre property located near Frankfort, New York that operated between the early 1970s and 1991 and was closed in 1993.

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EREF Awards Two Grants for Solid Waste Research

Next Pre-Proposal Deadline is June 1

Raleigh, NC (April 25, 2016) – The Board of Directors of the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) is pleased to announce the award of two new research grants.

Development and Assessment of Cost-Effective Sustainable Integrated Organics Management Strategies
Investigator: North Carolina State University
Start Date: March 2016
Award Amount: $127,525

Making up for Lost Time (and Space): Quantifying Non-hazardous Industrial Waste Output and Beneficial Use Opportunities in the US
Investigators: Yale University
Start Date: May 2016
Award Amount: $150,000

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EREF Appoints Two New Staff Members

Raleigh, NC (April 19, 2016) – The Board of Directors of the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) is pleased to announce the addition of two new staff members to the EREF team.

Dr. Stephanie C. Bolyard joined EREF in April as the Research and Scholarships Program Manager.

Catherine Ardoin joined EREF in February as Communications Coordinator.

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Ice River Springs Funds EREF Master’s Scholarship for Sustainability

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) is pleased to announce that Ice River Springs Water Co., Inc. has funded a named scholarship for the EREF scholarship program.

Fully integrated from water source to the manufacturing of bottles, Ice River Springs is an Ontario-based company that makes bottles, caps and packages, and packages spring water, purified water and distilled water. The company strives to constantly innovate finding new ways to recycle, reduce energy consumption and minimize waste. Ice River Springs is the only beverage company in North America to operate a closed-loop system that reclaims plastic from used containers and produces 100% recycled bottles along with filling and distribution.

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EREF Announces Launch of New Website

The Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) will launch its redesigned website on April 8, 2016 at www.erefdn.org. The new site comes at a time of growth for the non-profit, whose new and expanded strategic direction for the next five years includes substantially increasing the amount it gives in grants, scholarships and internships.

Designed to improve user experience, the website will feature easier navigation thanks to a more in-depth menu featuring drop-down sub-menus and bolder colors which highlight the organization’s four core programs (research grants & projects, continuing education, waste data & reports and scholarship program).

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EREF Charitable Auction to Feature Online Components

The Environmental Research and Education Foundation’s (EREF) Annual Charitable Auction continues to be one of the highlights of WasteExpo, held June 7 – 9, 2016 in Las Vegas. Having raised more than $16 million since its inception in 1994, the Auction features generous donations from members of the waste industry and provides opportunities for exhibitors to increase their visibility at WasteExpo.

The EREF Auction consists of 3 events: the Silent Auction, Live Auction and Raffle. This year, EREF will introduce mobile bidding in the Silent Auction and online bidding in the Live Auction.

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EREF Receives Scholarship Funding from the Garbageman’s Invitational

The Board of Directors of the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) is pleased to announce the creation of a scholarship for Master’s students, which will be funded by donations from the Garbageman’s Invitational, an industry golf tournament and social event.

EREF Scholarships recognize graduate students pursuing excellence in solid waste management research and education. Recipients are chosen based on credentials and potential contributions to the solid waste industry and its scientific community.

More information on EREF’s scholarships, as well as a link to the scholarship application, can be found at http://erefdn.org. The deadline for the 2016-17 academic year is May 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm (eastern).

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Graduate Scholarships in Solid Waste Research Available for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

The Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) is one of the largest sources of solid waste research funding in the U.S., allocating approximately $1 million annually in research grants and graduate level scholarships. Thus far, over 50 students have been EREF scholars, many of whom are now in key academic and professional positions across the U.S. EREF is pleased to announce that scholarship applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are now available. The application deadline is May 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm (eastern).

All qualified candidates will be considered for scholarships without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, or disability. Applications from students outside the United States or studying abroad will receive equal consideration. Award decisions by the Environmental Research and Education Foundation and its directors are final and not subject to appeal.

More information on EREF’s scholarships, as well as a link to the scholarship application, can be found at http://erefdn.org/index.php/scholarships/index. The deadline is May 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm (eastern). Please send an e-mail to scholarships@erefdn.org or call 919.861.6876 with any questions.

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EREF Board of Directors Elects 2016 Officers, Expands Strategic Direction

The Board of Directors of the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) is pleased to announce the election of its 2016 Officers as well as its new and expanded strategic direction for the next five years. One of the Board's primary goals is to substantially increase the amounts given in grants, scholarships and internships annually through several key objectives and by maintaining EREFs core strengths.

In order to accomplish this and other goals, EREF will make staffing adjustments in 2016 to provide sufficient bandwidth for the desired growth through the creation of two new positions: a Communications Coordinator and a Program Manager for Research and Scholarships.

For a complete list of the 2016 EREF Board of Directors or to learn more about the foundation and its mission, visit www.erefdn.org.

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