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Wildcatting In Wastewater

Since last year, when crude oil prices soared and gasoline topped $3 per gallon, requests for skimmers to be used for recycling oil from plant wash water, municipal wastewater, machine shop coolant, and contaminated groundwater have increased 25 percent according to one major supplier of oil skimming equipment.

This article originally appeared in the 10/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

Aboveboard Compliance

Aboveground storage tanks help facilities that store large quantities of fuel better comply with NPDES permits through improved stormwater handling

This article originally appeared in the 09/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

The New Deal

Accrual and disclosure practices of public companies related to their environmental liabilities have long been perceived to be inconsistent and generally inadequate. Recent developments, such as Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Interpretation number 47, known as FIN47 in most circles, have tightened up the disclosure rules, especially in relation to environmental liabilities.

This article originally appeared in the 09/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

Resurrecting the Dead Zone

The Dead Zone -- sounds creepy doesn't it? But what is it? It's a crisis that's attacking oceans and bays throughout the world, and a reality more frightening than current governmental policies and actions have led the public to believe.

This article originally appeared in the 09/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

Arsenic and Old Graves

This article originally appeared in the 09/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

Meeting MACT Head-On

The DuPont Front Royal plant has been the leading name in the automotive refinishing industry. DuPont Performance Coatings, formed from DuPont Automotive finishes and DuPont's acquisition of Herberts, is the world's largest supplier of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and aftermarket coatings and the world's third largest coatings company, overall.

This article originally appeared in the 09/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

PPCPs' Double Life

Each and every one of us contribute to water pollution. "Not I," you say? Well, if you use personal care products, such as shampoos, lotions, or antiperspirants, you do. If you take any kind of medication, over-the-counter or prescription, you do.

This article originally appeared in the 09/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

What's Driving Reuse

Benjamin Franklin is frequently quoted as having said: "We will never know the true value of water until the well runs dry." Although conservation was the first attempt at preserving and maintaining limited fresh water supplies, the idea of "reclaim, recycle, and reuse" was the next push for managing them.

This article originally appeared in the 09/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.



Deep-bed Detox

As total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) for nutrient discharges have been developed and further revised by federal and state agencies over the years to address water quality concerns, deep-bed denitrification filters have proven to be a highly effective treatment technology used by wastewater plants to meet low total nitrogen (TN) limits. Patented in 1979, the technology of combining denitrification and solids removal in a deep-bed filter process has helped to dramatically improve wastewater quality at treatment plants across the country.

This article originally appeared in the 09/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

Probing for Better Data

Switching from a membrane-type dissolved oxygen (DO) probe to new, breakthrough luminescent technology has brought tighter control to the conventional aeration system serving the Holland Area Wastewater Treatment Plant. Plus, a four-month trial demonstrated that the new luminescent DO (LDO) probe performs well monitoring high-DO effluent from the facility's pure oxygen system. Until now, it had been difficult for the plant to find a reliable online measurement instrument for this environment.

This article originally appeared in the 09/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

Reaching Higher

We are proud to showcase the five exceptional winners of our eleventh annual Facilities of the Year Competition, which represent a variety of backgrounds and geographical areas.

This article originally appeared in the 09/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

Environmental Politics and Strategy

In a 2001 Manager's Notebook article of the same title, I wrote about Washington D.C.'s influence on environmental progress.

This article originally appeared in the 09/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

Nowhere to Hide

As populations and communities continue to grow and expand, the need to treat wastewater means more facilities near homes. So, out of sight, out of mind doesn't work anymore. Years ago, wastewater treatment plants were located far away from communities, and odor was only a problem for those at the facility. Now, with new home developments booming and urban growth extending into even the most remote areas, it has become an issue in all communities.

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

A Change for the Better

Management at drinking water treatment facilities looking for an alternative to gaseous chlorine (Cl2) or sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) should seriously consider dry chlorine in the form of calcium hypochlorite briquettes. Drinking water treatment facilities switching from sodium hypochlorite to calcium hypochlorite for disinfection are finding this alternative to be an efficient solution for ensuring consistently accurate chlorination while eliminating many long-standing operations, maintenance, and safety concerns associated with NaOCl use.

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

Blight to Bright

Insurance companies are helping turn contaminated sites turn into solar energy producers

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

Hitting the Gas

It is well understood that the world's fossil fuel supplies have a finite lifetime --particularly oil. Forward-thinking scientists, political leaders, and other individuals have given thought for years to the transition in energy production that will inevitably be forced upon us as fossil fuel supplies dwindle.

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

Conference Change

Conferences are a good leading indicator of emerging environmental trends. The meetings themselves may be planned a year or more in advance, but speakers generally talk about what is going on in "real-time" terms. Even more revealing are the informal networking discussions during the breaks when attendees share their hopes, fears, and ambitions. Indeed, tuning in to the buzz at these conferences is sometimes the best reason for attending. What's the buzz about today?

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

A Membrane for All Seasons

Flexible design allows membrane treatment systems to fit almost any wastewater application

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

From the Editors

The Rising Tide of Stormwater Utilities

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

For a Rainy Day

So you've completed your stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWP3) and filed your notice of intent (NOI). You're finished, right? Did you forget about the little part on the NOI that says you have developed and implemented your SWP3 prior to submitting the NOI? You still have to implement those Best Management Practices (BMPs) and other required elements of your permit. After all, lack of SWP3 implementation and good recordkeeping may result in a notice of violation (NOV), which in turn may lead an inspector to take a closer look at your facility. This is like inviting the inspector to view the skeletons in your closet. Don't give them an excuse to keep coming back.

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

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