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Legacy Award From MSW Management Goes To Tetra Tech’s Michael Michels


During Michael’s forty years’ of career and counting, he managed over fifty projects looking into landfill gas collection compliance in accordance to the air quality rules of “National Society of Professional Surveyors”.

Dailycsr.com – 31 August 2020 – The Solid Waste Solutions’ executive vice-president at Tetra Tech, Michael Michels received the “Legacy Award” from the “2020 Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Management” following his forty years’ long service in the industry of solid waste solution.
The recognition came to him in the “June 2020 edition of MSW Management Magazine”, as the latter happens to be a leading publication of trade which highlights “significant contributions to advancements in the industry”. Michael’s career started in Texas as “surveyor and drafter” where he used stake and contour landfills, following which became “a licensed professional engineer”, who currently holds license for five states. Ever since, he has been involved in “innovative solid waste solutions projects across the United States”.
Reflecting about the projects which “made the biggest impact on his career” across Michael’s forty years’ of career and counting, one sees him managing over fifty projects which looked into landfill gas collection compliance in accordance to the air quality rules of “National Society of Professional Surveyors”.
During one such projects with the “Waste Industry Air Collation”, he was tasked to modify the “Air Pollutant Emissions Factors” of the “the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency”, which was successfully managed by Michael and his team through “emission estimation procedures” that had provisioned for “cap attenuation” allowance, besides reducing “estimates of hydrochloric acid emissions” as well as “other hazardous air pollutants in LFG”.
Moreover, one such projects that particularly remains edged in Michael’s memory is from the time when “he managed an emergency gas collection system at the Milwaukee County Landfill in Wisconsin in response to a home that exploded 100 feet from the limit of waste”. He got to travel across the country due to his work while also managed “two biogas projects on the islands of Maui and Kauai in Hawaii”. At present, Michael’s work consists of “a $3 million dollar design-build project” for “converting wastewater treatment plant digester gas to vehicle fuel”.
Furthermore, Tetra Tech added:
“His extensive history has made Michael a leader in siting and designing landfills and implementing biogas-to-energy beneficial use projects. He now serves Tetra Tech as an expert in the solid waste solutions industry and is working with clients on complex environmental energy projects. Thank you, Michael, for your valuable and ongoing service to Tetra Tech and our clients”.