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Project Experience: Waste-to-Energy Facility, Massachusetts

The Challenge

Noise analysis, evaluation and modeling were needed for the expansion of SEMASS waste-to-energy facility.

The Strategy


  • Completed the noise analysis portion of a supplement to the Final Environmental Impact Statement
  • Conducted the assessment according to Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection noise regulations for industrial facilities
  • Determined the noise effects of increasing the capacity of the plant by 50 percent – up to 2,700 tons of solid waste per day
  • Performed noise modeling which included the addition of new equipment to the facility and increases in on-site rail activity