Environmental Protection

Wastewater


Alaska Coal Mine Agrees to Fine for Discharges into Local Waterways

Usibelli Coal Mine Inc., owner of an open-pit coal mine near Healy in Alaska’s central interior, has signed a consent agreement and final order that resolves water permit violations and numerous unpermitted discharges.

Montrealers are Feeding Fish Prozac

Approximately one in four Montrealers take some kind of anti-depressant, and according to new research, the drugs are passing into the waterways and affecting fish.

Online Training for NPDES Permit Writers Available

High demand has persuaded EPA to record presentations and make them available through its website.

Tetra Tech Wins $62M Contract with EPA Clean Water Program

The company, which has worked with the agency since the 1970s, will provide technical expertise to the Office of Wastewater Management.

Evansville, Ind., to Fix Sewage Overflows, Pay $490,000 in Fines in Clean Water Act Settlement

The agreement would resolve allegations in a lawsuit the United States and Indiana filed in September 2009, alleging violations of its Clean Water Act discharge permits.

ITT Corporation to Spin Off Water, Defense Businesses

The company will separate its businesses into three corporations, focusing on technology, water, and defense and information.

Alliance Continues Work on Water Framework

Clean Water America Alliance meets with other stakeholders today for dialogue on greater sustainability and stronger science.

"Poo-Gloos" Eat Sewage

Inexpensive igloo-shaped, pollution-eating devices nicknamed "Poo-Gloos" can clean up sewage just as effectively as multimillion-dollar treatment facilities for towns outgrowing their waste-treatment lagoons, according to a new study.



Household Sewage, a Viable New Energy Resource

Scientists are reporting that household sewage has far more potential as an alternative energy source than previously thought.

Electricity Removes Pollutants from Wastewater

University of Utah researchers developed a new concept in water treatment: an electrobiochemical reactor in which a low electrical voltage is applied to microbes to help them quickly and efficiently remove pollutants from mining, industrial and agricultural wastewater.

Iowa City Agrees to Address Sewage Discharge into Miss. River

As part of the plan, the city will improve its combined sewer system over the next 20 years, reducing discharges of hundreds of millions of gallons of raw sewage to the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

Filtering Kitchen Wastewater for Plants

Water is a precious commodity, so finding ways to re-use waste water, especially in arid regions is essential to sustainability.

Water laboratory worker

Agency Releases Water Laboratory Alliance Response Plan

The guidance offers an approach for coordinated water lab response in the case of a natural disaster, accident, or intentional event.

Wastewater Treatment Lowers Pathogen Levels

Research indicates pathogens levels have dropped since the implementation of federal regulations on treating sewage in 1993.

University Constructing 2.8-Megawatt Fuel Cell that Runs on Waste Methane

Construction of a fuel cell with enough capacity to power 2,800 homes has begun on the University of California’s San Diego campus as part of a renewable-energy project to turn waste methane gas from the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant directly into electricity without combustion.

Dekalb County, Ga., to Stem Overflows with Sewer Upgrade

The county will pay more than $1 million in civil penalties and supplemental environmental project costs.

Baltimore Hires Fru-Con Construction to Expand its Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plant

Fru-Con Construction has been awarded two contracts totaling $138.7 million to improve and expand the Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plant for the city of Baltimore.

United Water, 2 Employees Indicted for CWA Violations in Gary, Indiana

The Justice Department says the employees allegedly turned up disinfectant treatment for daily wastewater sampling; United Water refutes the charges.

Pipe project in Poland.

Case Study: Project in Poland Sets Fiberglass Pipe Jacking Record

Warsaw is updating its sewers at a quick pace with the help of 118-inch centrifugally cast fiberglass reinforced polymer mortar pipe.

Solar-Powered Sludge Dryer Expands into Water Treatment Facilities

The commissioning expands the technology from its application in wastewater treatment plants.

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