October 9, 2013

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Dave Heitz to Present on Beneficial Use of Landfill Gas During SWANA Georgia Meeting

Dave Heitz, P.E., a senior engineer based in Geosyntec's South Carolina office, will make a presentation October 15 during the 2012 fall conference and annual business meeting of the Solid Waste Association of North America — Georgia chapter (SWANA Georgia).

This year's fall conference will be held October 15-17 in Young Harris, Georgia. Also attending on behalf of Geosyntec will be Associate Scott Elder (Atlanta), Senior Hydrogeologist Martha Carr, P.G., (Atlanta), Senior Engineer Sowmya Bulusu (Atlanta), Site Manager Jim Kelley (Atlanta), and Site Manager Dan Gibbs (Atlanta).

Mr. Heitz will present "Environmental and Permitting Differences of Landfill Gas-to-Energy and Landfill Gas-to-Compressed-Natural-Gas Projects" beginning 3:30 p.m. at the Brasstown Valley Resort, 6321 Highway 76.

In his presentation, Mr. Heitz will present a comparison of three potential uses of landfill gas at municipal solid waste (MSW) facilities — electric generation, compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle fuel, and flaring. His comparison will be used to evaluate the environmental impacts of the various uses of landfill gas and discuss associated air permitting issues.

Mr. Heitz specializes in air quality permitting and regulatory compliance with an emphasis in MSW landfills and landfill gas. He has been involved with virtually all aspects of air permitting and compliance at MSW landfills, including several direct use and renewable electricity landfill gas-to-energy projects.

He has experience with air permitting and regulatory compliance at landfills in more than a dozen states and currently sits on the national SWANA Rules Committee. He was the lead for DeKalb County (Georgia) in the preparation of a $15 million Clean Cities Petroleum Reduction grant application to the U.S. Department of Energy, which was awarded and is being used to fund a landfill gas-to-CNG processing plant, two dispensing facilities, and the conversion of fleet vehicles to CNG.

SWANA Georgia is a non-profit, educational organization serving more than 250 public sector officials and solid waste professionals responsible for the management and operation of MSW management systems. As an international association dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in the field, SWANA offers workshops, training programs, technical assistance, and certifications to help meet its member's ever-growing needs.