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August Upfront News & Views

August Upfront News & Views

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    Service Coordinator Mike McDonald was one of nine Little Rock Fleet Services Department employees who volunteered to help local Boy Scouts earn their auto mechanics merit badge. Photo: Darryl Syler

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    This soft ground tunnel will hold 19 million gallons of combined sewer overflows and storm-water, reducing closures at South Boston beaches from three weeks a year to once every five years. Photo: Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

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    New Jersey's Garden State Parkway made almost $250,000 by selling old transit tokens, which recyclers value for their high nickel-silver and brass content. Photo: Osborne Coinage Co.

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    Membranes are submerged below the grating and major process units are enclosed to confine odors at this new water reclamation facility. Photo: Black & Veatch

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Here's why we ask: On her morning drive into the office, our art director recently watched in terror as two deer crossed eight lanes of 65-mph interstate traffic. Miraculously, they didn't cause an accident. But that particular stretch of road is bordered by sound barriers, so how in the world did the deer even reach the highway?

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EPA launches treatment database

Expected to eventually include 200 contaminants, the Drinking Water Treatability Database provides data on the effectiveness of 30 treatment processes on 10 contaminants. Users will be able to find information on percent removal, log removal, contaminant influent concentration, pH, temperature, source water type, GAC type, loading rate, coagulant type and dose, oxidant type and dose, CT, membrane type, and UV intensity. Visit http://iaspub.epa.gov/tdb/pages/general/home.do.

Conference focuses on combustion

The Air & Waste Management Association meets Nov. 12 – 24 in Galveston, Texas, to discuss maximum achievable control technology standards for Hazardous Waste Combustion, including testing and instrumentation, and the permitting status of various states. Visit www.awma.org/go/hazardouswaste08.

State capital's fleet goes green

Community

Determined that 10% of its 1,300 pieces of equipment will use alternative fuel next year, the award-winning Fleet Services Department of Little Rock, Ark., has received approval from the city's board of directors to use bio-diesel when financially feasible.

Select vehicles will run on a minimum B10 blend from Oct. 1 through March 31 and on a B20 blend from April 1 through Sept. 30 beginning this year.

Last year, the department was No. 7 in Government Fleet magazine's 100 Best Fleets of North America Program. There are at least 38,000 public fleets nationwide. The department also lends one of its three maintenance facilities to the Quapaw Area Council's Boy Scout University each year.