Aluminum Waste: Model Practices and Research


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Industry personnel summarize current aluminum waste disposal practices at existing landfills followed by a panel discussion on developing model practices for aluminum waste disposal as well as identifying directions for research needed. Research needs, as well as how they must be translated into practical action, are discussed with facilitated Q&A from a panel of experts.

Upon completion of this course, the attendee will be able to:

  • Describe appropriate aluminum waste measurements at MSW facilities
  • Apply best practices for the disposal of aluminum waste
  • Define steps for monitoring ponds and performing inspections of ponded water, hot spots, and steam
  • Demonstrate pre-treatment options
  • Define best management practices for secondary aluminum processing waste
  • Advocate for developing model practices

Course Length

84 minutes

Presenter Biography

BRYAN STALEY, Ph.D., P.E. currently serves as President and CEO of the Environmental Research and Education Foundation. He has 17 years experience in the environmental engineering field. He obtained a Ph.D. in solid waste research at North Carolina State University and is also a licensed professional engineer. Dr. Staley has held key positions in consulting firms as a project manager and vice-president of engineering where he managed projects related to wastewater treatment system design, retail/commercial land development, stormwater design/permitting and large-scale livestock operations. P.E. license number 025449 (North Carolina).

TIMOTHY D. STARK, Ph.D. is a Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has been conducting research on the behavior of landfill liner and cover systems and geosynthetics for the last twenty years. His research on static and seismic stability of waste containment facilities has lead to a better understanding of design values of geosynthetic interface strength for stability analyses, the importance of interim slope conditions in landfill operations, and three-dimensional slope stability analyses for the design of landfill slopes. He has contributed to guidance documents in Ohio and Missouri and consulted on a variety of landfill related topics. Dr. Stark also teaches courses on the Geotechnics of Landfill Design, Landfill Waste Fires, Static and Seismic Stability of Waste Containment Facilities, Introduction to Geosynthetics, and a short course “Geosynthetic Clay Liners for Waste Containment”. He has received a number of wards for his research and teaching activities. Timothy D. Stark holds a B.S. (University of Delaware 1981), M. Engrg. (University of California, Berkeley 1984), and Ph.D. (Virginia Polytechnic Institute 1987), all in civil engineering. He has been on the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1991. Dr. Stark was an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at San Diego State University from 1987-1991. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Stark worked for Woodward-Clyde Consultants in San Francisco on earthquake and slope stability related projects. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Illinois, Colorado and Louisiana and participates in a wide range of domestic and international consulting projects.

PAUL J. RUESCH currently works as an On-Scene Coordinator at Superfund time-critical removal sites and emergency responses in the Great Lakes Region. He has worked since 1991 as an environmental engineer in the RCRA solid waste program in which his principal responsibilities included implementation of Subtitle D, addressing challenged waste management sites, disaster debris planning & management, design & implementation of recycling programs as well as community-based environmental projects. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1991 and established the ‘Recyclin’ Irish,’ a volunteer-based recycling program for all residential, administrative and classroom buildings.. Mr. Ruesch also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mexico from 2004-2007 on a cooperative project with the National Council of Science & Technology and Petroleros Mexicanos (PEMEX) on remediation projects within the state-run oil refinery system and currently assists U.S. AID in continuing efforts to enhance the solid waste management system in Central America countries and Caribbean islands.

MORTON A. BARLAZ, Ph.D., P.E. is Professor and Head of the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He has been involved in research on various aspects of solid waste since 1983. Over this time, he has conducted research on biological refuse decomposition, methane production, and the biodegradation of hazardous wastes in landfills. He has participated in two state-of-the-practice reviews of bioreactor landfills. His research forms the basis for much of the work done to assess the impact of landfills on methane emissions inventories. Dr. Barlaz is also recognized for his research on the use of life-cycle analysis to evaluate environmental emissions associated with alternate solid waste management strategies. Dr. Barlaz is the author of over 90 peer-reviewed publications and has made over 200 presentations at conferences throughout the world. In 1992 he was awarded a Presidential Faculty Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Barlaz has been active in service throughout his career. He is an Associate Editor for two journals (Waste Management and Journal of Environmental Engineering) and serves as co-chair of the bi-annual Intercontinental Landfill Research Symposium. He has served as chair of the Government Affairs Committee and the Lectures Committee for the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. Finally, he serves on the Science Advisory Committee for the International Waste Working Group. P.E. license number 018626 (North Carolina).

PAMELA ALLEN – Ms. Allen is the Chief of Ohio EPA’s newly formed Division of Materials and Waste Management. This new division is responsible for oversight of Ohio’s solid waste, infectious waste, scrap tire and construction and demolition debris programs and the non-cleanup portions of the hazardous waste program. Ms. Allen had been the Chief of the Division of Solid and Infectious Waste Management since June 2007. Prior to that, she worked in the Division of Hazardous Waste Management for 20 years serving in several different management positions for 18 of those years. Pam has been an active member of many Ohio EPA, Agency-wide teams and recognizes the importance of teamwork and collaboration in accomplishing the Agency’s goals. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a focus on environmental studies and business from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. She was recognized as the Agency mid-manager of the year in 1991 and was awarded the George B. Garrett Professionalism Award in 1996.

BRADLEY S. HARTZ, P.E. – Mr. Hartz is currently the Managing Principal Engineer at CQM. Mr. Hartz has over 35 years of professional experience in environmental consulting, as well as, the solid waste, mining, and construction industries. Mr. Hartz’s focus has been on the permitting and construction of solid waste disposal facilities. Mr. Hartz has experience in integrating geologic/hydro geologic factors into the design and permitting of a wide variety of waste disposal facilities. His areas of expertise include: the management and supervision of projects that include the construction of solid waste disposal facilities; wetland mitigation, permitting and construction; the supervision of regional geologic/hydro geologic studies to determine the potential for solid waste landfill development; and the completion of required state and federal permits associated with the design, construction, and operation of waste facilities. Mr. Hartz also has experience with the preparation of groundwater and surface water sampling and analysis plans, NPDES permits, explosive gas monitoring plans, and other contingency plans associated with waste facilities. In addition to the landfill work, Mr. Hartz has managed several Phase I and Phase II site assessments involving soil and groundwater contamination. Mr. Hartz has prepared dozens of SPCC plans for facilities in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, and Missouri. In the mining industry Mr. Hartz was responsible for the engineering, exploration, mineral evaluation, financial analysis, mine design, permitting, budgeting, regulatory compliance, and governmental affairs for coal and limestone mining operations in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, and Pennsylvania. In addition, Mr. Hartz has experience in the construction industry having served as Vice President and General Manager for a construction/mining company. P.E license numbers 026830 (Missiouri), 062.043350 (Illinois) , PE60860170 (Indiana), 56131 (Ohio), 17230 (Kentucky).

JOE HOLLAND was an Environmental Specialist II for Ohio EPA since 1995, currently retired. Prior to that, he served as District Sanitarian for the Ohio Department of Health for ten years.


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