In addition to the negative impact, methane has on the ozone layer as a highly destructive greenhouse gas the most significant potential for widespread environmental impact from landfills is the potential to contaminate groundwater, according to Environmental Earth Sciences International. This is why it is imperative to implement compliant leachate environmental monitoring at your landfill site.
In fact, all landfills, regardless of age, require monitoring to ensure there is no adverse effect on ground or surface water. Monitoring is essential because, at some point, all liners will fail. The highest quality liners will experience leakage many decades after a landfill is closed. Others may fail while the landfill is still accepting waste. Likewise, all landfill gas collection systems will experience issues that require repair.
Whether during landfill construction, during its highest point of operation, or following closure, waste retention should be a high priority to protect the environment. That is why IET focuses on landfill environmental monitoring, including landfill data collection and well field monitoring.