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Covanta Energy Awards SAK Environmental Solid Waste Ban Compliance Contract

SAK Environmental was recently selected by Covanta Energy, a world leader in sustainable solid waste management and energy production, to manage their solid waste ban compliance program at its three (3) Massachusetts waste-to-energy facilities.  With this award, SAK now manages similar programs at all six (6) waste-to-energy plants in Massachusetts.
SAK provides independent inspection of each facility’s incoming municipal solid waste stream, which is used as fuel to generate electricity, for excessive amounts of paper, cardboard, metal, yard and food waste, plastic, and other recyclable material dubbed “waste ban” material. With over 50% of the trash generation in Massachusetts fueling these facilities, the data SAK collects reveals the status of state recycling efforts.  Additionally, SAK’s work allows Covanta to earn carbon credits under the Massachusetts Green image003Communities Act with proceeds from credit sales funding private and public recycling programs.
“This is important work and reinforces our commitment to sustainability services, and to supporting leading companies like Covanta Energy in doing the same” says Stephen Sakakeeny, Principal at SAK.


SAK Environmental Plays Integral Role In Getting The Salem Harbor Energy Center Closer To Producing Cleaner Energy


After two (2) years into the project, SAK Environmental LLC is helping the new Salem Harbor Energy Center (SHEC) get closer to producing cleaner energy. The SHEC, a new natural gas-fired, state of the art high efficient power generating station is being built on a portion of the 65 acre former Salem Harbor Station, a former coal-fired plant, in Salem, MA. The remaining 47 acres will be available for improved waterfront access and development.


SAK is responsible for general environmental program management and compliance and performs a key role for the project’s success by providing turnkey environmental services that include:

  • Program management
  • Inspectional services
  • Contaminated soils management
  • Hydrostatic testing waste management
  • Stack testing
  • Permitting (tanks, industrial waste water, storm water, dewatering)
  • Hazardous waste disposal
  • Noise and air quality monitoring

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “We know that our work is critical to the project’s schedule. We think like CMs so our team participation is constructive, forward thinking, and seamless.” says Stephen Sakakeeny, Principal at SAK.


Helping These Clients Is Bitter Sweet

SAK Environmental was awarded two separate contracts for long term on-site EHS staffing at two New England manufacturing facilities. But even winning new contracts can be bittersweet. Both facilities are scheduled to close with operations moving to China and Mexico. One facility manufactures industrial optical lenses through chemical deposition. The other facility manufacturers heavy equipment for the petrochemical industry. As operating budgets are streamlined, SAK is providing onsite EHS staffing to ensure employees continue to perform their work safely, and facility compliance is maintained with environmental protection regulations.  “There is a headwind in these situations” says Stephen Sakakeeny, Principal at SAK.  “Employee morale is waning along with production budgets so everyone at these facilities is affected from the floor to management”.  SAK’s value is to provide the technical and managerial expertise while staying immune to the darkening mood of closure.  The result is a facility that is safe, complies with environmental regulations, and fulfills corporate EHS performance standards.  This is particularly important in the decommissioning phase when non-routine work is performed, such as rigging, dismantling, flushing, etc., on accelerated schedules by a hectic mix of employees and subcontractors.Helping These Clients Is Bitter Sweet