Side effects of aerobic / bioreactor technologies

Special Considerations of Bioreactor Landfills

Several considerations about bioreactor landfills must be examined and understood before the EPA can identify specific bioreactor standards or recommend operating parameters. Bioreactor landfills generally are engineered systems that have higher initial capital costs and require additional monitoring and control during their operating life, but are expected to involve less monitoring over the duration of the post-closure period than conventional “dry tomb” landfills. Issues that need to be addressed during both design and operation of a bioreactor landfill include:

  • Increased gas emissions
  • Increased odors
  • Physical instability of waste mass due to increased moisture and density
  • Instability of liner systems
  • Surface seeps
  • Landfill fires

Read more http://www.epa.gov/osw/nonhaz/municipal/landfill/bioreactors.htm

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