WEF announced on February 24 that it is now offering free access to its respected research journal, Water Environment Research (WER). This new practice will allow public access to one article per issue on a range of important technical issues such as nutrient removal, stormwater, and biosolids recycling. “We are very excited to offer this new program that will allow public access to some of the world’s best research in the water quality field,” said WER Editor-in-Chief Mike Stenstrom. “This latest article will be the third paper in WER’s new practice of making one paper per issue publicly accessible. Additionally, WER has started the practice of publishing critical reviews of processes and technologies that are of interest to our membership, and we invite the readership to submit articles for consideration.” [Read more]

On February 23, EPA promulgated pre-publication Federal Register new source performance standards and emission guidelines for sewage sludge incineration units (SSIs) located at wastewater treatment facilities designed to treat domestic sewage sludge. EPA also finalized rulemaking for the definition of solid waste.  The SSI pre-publication final rule (496 pages) sets limits for nine pollutants under Section 129 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) – maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standards for: cadmium, carbon monoxide, hydrogen chloride, lead, mercury, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans, and sulfur dioxide. The SSI final rule is effective 60 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register.  According to an EPA press release, while there are more than 200 SSIs across the country, the Agency expects that over 150 are already in compliance. EPA also stated that these standards will reduce emissions of harmful pollutants including mercury, lead, cadmium, and hydrogen chloride from the remaining 50 that may need to leverage existing technologies to meet the new standards. EPA SSI web page. A quick review indicates:

  • There were no changes made regarding statutory arguments made by several entities during the proposed rulemakings – the rule remains under Section 129 of the Clean Air Act
  • The standards are still divided into two subcategories, for multiple hearth and fluidized bed.
  • The beyond the floor level of control for mercury has been dropped from the final rule.
  • Some adjustments to the other emission limits have been made to make them more consistent with existing 503 regulations.
  • EPA will not be voluntarily reconsidering the final rule.  While EPA will reconsider the other rules being finalized (boiler rulemaking), EPA has decided that it does not need to reconsider the final SSI MACT Rule but has the authority under the CAA to do so. However, petitioners have 60 days following publication in the Federal Register to request reconsideration and reopen the rule for further comment. [Read more]

CWEA AC-11 - See you in Ontario!

Highlights include (l-r) - Dr. Ken Kerri, Dr. Andrew Benedek and a tour of the Moreno Valley Regional Water Reclamation Facility

Here are just a tiny few of the many opportunities available for you at AC-11 in Ontario.

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  • Dr. Ken Kerri - Opening Session, Wednesday, April 13th - Dr. Ken Kerri will talk about the changing world and what may happen to wastewater treatment professionals. Dr. Kerri is a consultant to the Office of Water Programs at California State University, Sacramento. He is active in water and wastewater operator training and certification since the Office of Water Programs at CSUS began. Dr. Kerri is a former President of the Sacramento Section of CWEA and a CWEA Past-President.
  • Dr. Andrew Benedek – Opening Session, Wednesday, April 13thDr. Benedek will speak about the water-energy nexus. He is the founder, Chairman and CEO of ZENON Environmental Inc. In 1980, Dr. Benedek founded ZENON Environmental Inc., with a vision of a world where cost effective membrane technology would ensure safe and superior quality water.  Dr. Benedek continued to be the chairman and CEO of ZENON until its June 2006 sale to GE.
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  • The ABC’s of Pipeline Condition Assessment and Rehabilitation – Workshop – Tuesday, April 12th – In order to maintain operability and reliability, prevent spills, and minimize costs, wastewater system managers are increasingly investing capital budgets in rehabilitation projects in lieu of replacement of existing wastewater infrastructure. This workshop will provide insights and lessons learned to help wastewater
  • Bridging The Gap Between Electrical Drawings and Actual Plant Equipment –  Workshop, Tuesday, April 12th - This will help plant operators, maintenance personnel, and non-electrical or entry-level engineers bridge the gap between electrical engineering drawings and actual equipment installed in the field.  The course starts with an overview of the foundation process document – the P&IDs, and then shows how this document dictates the development of the detailed electrical design. 8.4 Contact Hours.
  • Certification Preparation Task Force: Training the Trainer – Workshop, Tuesday, April 12th - At AC-10, the Certification Prep Task Force held a successful Pre-Conference workshop to train trainers in the techniques of presenting Training material to accommodate the different learning styles of adults, as they prepare for Certification Testing.  Based on the results and feedback of this workshop, the Task Force has re-crafted their Training materials to hold a new and improved Train the Trainer Pre-Conference Workshop at AC-11. If you hold certification in Grades II, III or IV of your vocation, now is your chance to join the Southern Section’s “Best of the Best” and learn how to help your fellow wastewater professionals.  8.4 Contact Hours.
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  • Moreno Valley Regional Water Reclamation Facility – Tour, Wednesday, April 13th –  Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) recently completed installation of three 250kW fuel cells as part of the District’s energy optimization initiative at its Moreno Valley RWRF.  The project was made possible in part by a $2.7 million grant from the State of California “Self Generation Incentive Program.”
  • Inland Empire Regional Composting Facility, Chino – Tour, Thursday, April 14th - The regional cost of processing biosolids continues to increase as the available options are diminishing in light of stringent regulatory requirements. The Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority (IERCA), operates the nation’s largest indoor biosolids composting facilitand overcame numerous regulatory and environmental constraints reusing biosolids to create a new revenue source.
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  • Comprehensive Analysis of Metals and Salinity for Developing Reliable Pollution Prevention Plans to Improve Water Quality – Wednesday Session - Jenny Reina, CH2M HILL; Erich Delmas, City of Tracy and additional authors.
  • Utilizing FOG to Enhance Anaerobic Digester Performance – Thursday Session - Marie Burbano, CDM and additional authors.
  • WERF Study – Striking a Balance between Nutrient Removal and Greenhouse Gas Production: Is There a Sustainability Tipping Point? – Thursday Session – Michael Falk, PhD, HDR, and additional authors.
  • Condition Assessment of In-Service Force Mains – Lessons Learned – Friday Session - Mark Strahota and David May, Malcom Pirnie; Sharon Yin and Victoria Pilko, OCSD
  • Sanitary Sewer System Enforcements and Audits – Friday Session - Jim Fischer, SWRCB
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  • Plus a huge exhibit hall with 200 companies displaying the latest solutions, technologies, chemicals and services!
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  • And much, much more! Don’t miss it – we’ll see you at AC-11 in Ontario!

On January 8, 2011, the Los Angeles Basin Section (LABS) of California Water Environment Association (CWEA) hosted the 2011 annual LABS awards from the Royal Salon of the Queen Mary. The celebration began with an energized social gathering of CWEA leaders, members and award winners. The evening was hosted by LABS Past-President Hala Titus of Black & Veatch.

2010 LABS award winners included:

  • Plant of the Year Award – Los Coyotes Water Reclamation PlantSanitation Districts of Los Angeles County,
  • Outstanding Young Professional – Erika DeHollan, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
  • Research Achievement Award – City of Los Angeles for their Cloth Media Tertiary Filtration System at the Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plan
  • P3S Person of the Year Award - Michael Simpson of City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation
  • In memorium: Distinguished Service Award – Pat McDaniel, BioCOPE. The award was accepted by Pat’s daughter Cineca McDaniel-Lane.
  • Safety Award 1-25 Employees –   Glendale Water Reclamation PlantCity of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation
  • Safety Award 26-75 Employees  - Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation PlantCity of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation
  • Engineering Achievement Award – Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County for their Power Generation Facility Steam Cycle Modifications at the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant
  • Collection System Person of the Year Award – Carlos Amaya City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureau of Engineering
  • Collection System of the Year Award – Long Beach Water Department
  • Operator of the Year Award – Jeff Valdes of the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County

Read the full story on LABS website and see the banquet pictures here!

Conference recap provided by Wendy Wert, LACSD with contributions from the CWEA Biosolids Committee and conference speakers

On January 18, the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) Biosolids Committee hosted a specialty conference, Biosolids:  Putting Regulators and Researchers in Touch with YOU… the Practitioner, at the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts Joint Administration Office in Whittier. Another session was held on January 19, 2011 at the Shannon Community Center in Dublin.  This one-day biosolids specialty conference, which trained 125 water environment professionals, consisted of a series of technical presentations separated by interactive discussions among leading experts and attendees.   The morning session consisted of opening remarks presented by the conference Chairs (Dave Bachtel and Todd Jordan), followed by six technical presentations.  The innovative networking lunch also served as a venue for a discussion of CWEA’s Biosolids Land Application Management Certification.  The afternoon session consisted of five technical presentations, and closing remarks were delivered by the conference Chairs.

A total of nine speakers gave presentations at both venues that covered a wide range of relevant topics, including the following:

  • State issues update from the California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA),
  • National scientific research review from the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF),
  • Innovative look at Biosolids and Greenhouse Gas Accounting,
  • Discussion of biosolids constituents,
  • Analysis of specific trace organics, an update on dioxin and radiation biosolids research results,
  • Overview of microorganisms in biosolids,
  • Update on chemical research results from biosolids land application, and
  • Discussion of case studies of urban gardening projects that use biosolids products

Review the presentations and findings from the nationally known Biosolids experts.