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Don't Let Your Energy Go Up In Smoke

Competitive pressures and unpredictable energy costs continuously motivate us to examine our processes for opportunities to increase quality and productivity, and to decrease costs. Energy-intensive processes such as those associated with the manufacture of a wide variety of products utilizing water or VOC-based solvents offer opportunities to reduce operating costs through heat management or control.

This article originally appeared in the 09/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Conquering Core Challenges

With great pride, we present the five winners of our annual Facilities of the Year Competition. These facilities represent a wide variety of industrial sectors and geographical locations.

This article originally appeared in the 09/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

The Particulars on Particulates

Last September, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revised the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particle pollution. As part of that measure, EPA issued revisions to the ambient air monitoring rules for fine particulate matter (PM-2.5). These actions were published in the Federal Register Oct. 17, 2006, and became effective Dec. 18, 2006.

This article originally appeared in the 09/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Want to Delay? You'll Pay

This article originally appeared in the 09/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Are Wetlands Protected Under CWA?

When the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the consolidated cases of Rapanos v. United States and Carabell v. United States in 2006, observers hoped the Court would supply much-needed clarification to the federal Clean Water Act’s (CWA) dominion over wetlands. Instead, the Court could not reach a consensus, and regulation and enforcement of the law has been mired in confusion ever since.

This article originally appeared in the 08/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Knowing the Business

A little more than one year after launching its Water Wastewater Competency Center, Schneider Electric’s North American division’s orders are up more than 50 percent.

This article originally appeared in the 08/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Nutrient Discharge Rules Make Reuse Attractive

Two cities that have been reusing water for more than five years are expanding their programs to serve additional customers and meet new nutrient discharge restrictions, exemplifying a national trend toward water reclamation.

This article originally appeared in the 08/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Communal Enterprise

Situated in one of the world’s most arid regions, Israel has been overcoming water shortages and desertification since its inception in 1948. Its diverse topography, which includes plains, mountains, deserts, and coastlines, makes for many water challenges. A small country at 8,019 square miles (about the size of New Jersey), Israel sustains a population of 6.35 million people.

This article originally appeared in the 08/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.



War of the Waters

A street sign welcoming visitors to Montpelier, Ohio, identifies the quaint village as the birthplace of polar explorer Paul Siple and home to the world’s best-tasting municipal drinking water. Best-tasting water? Huh? We’re not talking fine wine here, but run-of-the-mill treated municipal water.

This article originally appeared in the 08/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Private Funding Is Finding Its Way to Water

While some finance and investment companies are trying to let municipalities know they have options outside of the government to fund water and wastewater projects, at least one governing body is hoping to get information on private financing.

This article originally appeared in the 08/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

The Science of Smell

Olfaction, the science of smell, is one of the least understood of the five senses, which makes odor management a major challenge. Odor perception is subjective and varies widely among individuals. However, odor complaints are routinely received by regulators and government bodies around the United States and internationally.

This article originally appeared in the 08/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Detection, Metering, and Audits

“A lot of people think non-revenue water reduction is all about the leakage, but it isn’t,” says Leanne Scott, senior project engineer at Metro Water Services (MWS) in Nashville, Tenn. “Meter accuracy at large plants also plays a very important role in the recovery of non-revenue water, as does testing of other large meters in the system."

This article originally appeared in the 08/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Time to Chill Out

I am a child of the ‘70s, and just like the folks who came of age in the ‘60s, who were warned of global disaster from "too many people," I was told that the next ice age was just around the corner. This climate disaster would bring worldwide famine and, with it, the collapse of social order, or at least deconstruction of the status quo.

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

EPA holds the thin green line to protect the public

What Does Enforcement Mean to You?

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Simplicity is in the Eye of the User

While the demand for automation is on the rise, facility managers interested in simplifying their operations should ensure that such a system actually will make work easier.

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Patently Good Business

The first patent was issued in 1421, to an Italian architect for invention of a specialized boat to transport construction materials to building sites. In issuing it, the city-state of Florence recognized that inventors needed protection from those who would use their inventions without paying fair compensation. The document even spelled out consequences for illegal duplication: the copycat boat was to be publicly burned!

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Thompson Pump Makes History by Helping

A major supplier to the water and wastewater industry does not often get a chance to become a part of history. But that is what occurred when Thompson Pump & Manufacturing Co. helped retrieve a sunken Confederate submarine off the coast of South Carolina in 2000.

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Don't Waste Your Waste

Now that you know the benefits of recycling industrial solid waste after reading the cover story “Renewable Refuse” in our magazine’s May 2007 issue, where do you start? Who should be involved? How do you implement recycling? So many questions… here are a few suggestions on how to effectively implement pollution prevention (P2) in your operations. Start now, make a plan, and make a difference.

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Know Your Enemy

Regenerativer thermal oxidizers (RTOs) that control volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by a wide variety of industrial processes are widely accepted. As a general rule, RTO technology has been very successful with most installations, operating trouble-free for extended periods. In some cases, however, operation has been troublesome, and a good proportion of these problem applications have been on biomass dryers.

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

ABCs of CWT

As a part of the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required to provide effluent guidelines to particular industries, whether they discharge wastewater to surface water or publicly owned treatment works (POTW).

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

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