Michael Houlihan is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Maryland with more than 30 years of experience focused on industrial and municipal waste management, waste containment system design, geotechnical engineering, environmental remediation, revitalization of impaired properties, construction engineering, and litigation support, including expert witness work.
Examples of his recent projects include: closure and remediation of coal-ash disposal sites at electric-power generating stations; the permitting and design of the 20-year expansion of the Cherry Island Landfill in Wilmington, Delaware; redevelopment of the 2,000-acre Fresh Kills Landfill in New York City; and green infrastructure designs for stormwater management and reuse in Washington, D.C.
Mike has taken a leadership role in the evaluation and application of innovative waste management technologies, including project work and committee work related to landfill alternative cover technologies, disaster debris management, and long-term use of landfills. A key focus of his practice over the past several years has been the development and application of approaches for containment, closure, and remediation of coal combustion residuals from electric power production.
To advance the state of the practice, Mike is focused on the evaluation and application of innovative waste management technologies; involved with various technical and policy committees evaluating landfill bioreactor and alternative cover technologies; and has contributed to technical/regulatory guidance for the Interstate Technology Regulatory Council (ITRC) Alternative Landfill Technologies Workgroup. He has also been actively involved in the development of approaches for providing very-long term care for impacted sites. His work has involved collaboration with regulators, planners, developers, and industry to develop an analytical approach for allowing redevelopment of impaired properties to protect human health and the environment. The results of the initial phase of Mike's work, which was performed for the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) study and entitled "Evaluation of Post-Closure Care at MSW Landfills," was released in September 2006.