Helia EHS is managing the environmental issues associated with a former quarry which was subsequently utilised as a municipal landfill. Historically, unlined landfills receiving mixed household and industrial waste can lead to the uncontrolled release of contamination via various media (soil, air, water). A key challenge of these legacy landfills is the management of leachate, a contaminated liquid that is generated as the waste degrades.
Leachate management is a complex issue which requires an understanding of hydrogeological conditions so appropriate controls can be implemented to prevent contamination to groundwater. Helia EHS has conducted comprehensive modelling and pumping trials to design a leachate management system appropriate for this site. The investigations have led to the development of a groundwater interception system, as pumping leachate directly from the landfill was impractical and costly.
The purpose of the system is to extract groundwater at the site boundary, via a series of extraction wells. The overarching objective of the leachate management system is to create an inward gradient of groundwater back toward the site boundary to prevent leachate contaminated groundwater moving from the site.
The Contaminated Land Management (CLM) team considered multiple remediation options and performed various trials and hydrogeological modelling, in order to effectively control the migration of leachate impacted groundwater from the Site. The success of the interception system is reflective of a collaborative approach between industry experts and stakeholder engagement with land holders, the client, various regulators, and internal experts.
Environmental Scientist – Contaminated Land Management
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