In the absence of scientific landfills and appropriate waste processing units, decomposition of mixed waste causes major odour hazards and landfill fires. The webinar deals with ambient monitoring of methane and management of fires in landfills with an emphasis on surface monitoring of landfills, and controlling odour at waste disposal/ processing facilities.
Dr. Nimmi Damodaran
Dr. Nimmi Damodaran is a Vice President at Abt Associates, which is based in the United States and focused on research, evaluation and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Dr. Damodaran has more than 25 years of experience focusing primarily on environmental policy issues. Her current professional interests are the mitigation of short-lived climate pollutants such as black carbon and methane from various sectors, including municipal solid waste. She has worked on projects related to improving solid waste management and reducing emissions from the waste sector in multiple countries, including Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, and Mexico.
Mr. David Fisher
Mr. Fisher has worked as an environmental scientist for 17 years. In 1994, he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science from the University of California Santa Barbara. He maintains a Registered Environmental Assessor certification from the Department of Toxic Substances Control, and a Manager of Landfill Operations certification from the Solid Waste Association of North America.
Past experience includes implementation of an internal field compliance audit program for solid waste operations in the County of San Bernardino, and also conducting laboratory field tests to determine combustion stack emission compliance. As an employee of the Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority he was responsible for environmental permitting and monitoring programs for four landfills; including one national Superfund site. During his tenure he helped obtain capacity expansions for two disposal facilities and one materials recovery facility.
Currently, Mr. Fisher manages an internal compliance audit program for SCS Field Services OMM projects. With a staff of four, internal project audits and technical training are employed nationwide to ensure project quality. Mr. Fisher understands the importance of using monitoring data to guide ongoing facilities to demonstrate environmental stewardship.