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Conquering Corrosion

Advances offer better performance, less down time

This article originally appeared in the 11/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

ESA Rules: Explored and Explained

The following is the second of a two-part series that analyzes new Phase 1 ESA requirements and their impact on consultants and their clients. The first part, ESA Rules: Plain English Version (Part 1) was published in the October 2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

This article originally appeared in the 11/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

Metrics, Las Vegas Style

For the past 30 years, environmental, health, and safety (EHS) professionals have struggled to find the definitive set of performance metrics. The reality is that, while there is no universal set, there definitely is a group of key performance indicators for your company to use in order to win the competition game.

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

ESA Rules: Plain English Version (Part 1)

The following is the first of a two-part series that analyzes new Phase 1 ESA requirements and their impact on consultants and their clients. The second part is scheduled to be published in the November/December 2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

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

On Golden Swamp

Hurricane Katrina left a wake of devastation in its path -- thousands dead, New Orleans flooded, a whole population displaced, and billions of dollars in destruction all along the Gulf Coast. A true national disaster, Katrina revealed the coast's vulnerability.

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

The Scoop on Sensor Selection

Meteorological monitoring for air quality studies has evolved over the past four decades. During the summer of 1956 an experimental program to study micrometeorology and dispersion from near-surface releases was conducted near the town of O'Neil in north-central Nebraska.

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

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.



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.

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.

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.

Arsenic and Old Graves

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.

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.

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.

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