EPA sets new incinerator standards

The U.S. EPA has issued new standards for other solid waste incinerators (OSWI) to help reduce air pollutants. The standards will reduce approximately 1900 tons per year of air pollution from an estimated 248 OSWIs, which consist of very small municipal waste combustion units and institutional waste incineration units. OSWI units are the last category of waste incinerators that requires Clean Air Act regulation, according to the EPA.

Training promotes water security

A new training program, developed by the American Water Works Association, Water Environment Federation, and American Society of Civil Engineers, has been released to help water and wastewater utilities enhance security at their facilities. The three training programs and guidance documents provide managers, operations personnel, design professionals, and regulatory officials with practical assistance for implementing improved security measures at new or existing facilities of any size. The program was funded by a grant from the U.S. EPA. For more information, visit www.awwa.org,www.wef.org, or www.asce.org.

Groundwater system wins award

The Groundwater Replenishment System—the largest water purification project of its kind and a joint project of the Orange County Water District and Orange County Sanitation District—received the 2005 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award in the category of Ecosystem and Watershed Management. The award is California's highest environmental honor; the Ecosystem and Watershed Stewardship category recognizes innovative and sustainable approaches to land and water management that restore or protect natural conditions, functions, and processes and provide economic, social, and environmental benefits.

Biological phosphorus study

The Water Environment Research Federation has published results of a study completed by Omaha, Neb.-based HDR Inc. that examines the reliability of enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) in reducing phosphorus to low levels in wastewater effluent. The goal of the research project was to develop information that can be used to help municipal wastewater treatment plants more efficiently and cost-effectively remove phosphorus through EBPR processes. The study showed that EBPR is capable of achieving very low effluent phosphate concentrations. To obtain a copy of the 431-page report, visit www.werf.org.

Transportation award entries sought

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation is seeking nominations for its seventh annual “PRIDE Awards,” which honor excellence in community relations and public education that enhance the image of the U.S. transportation construction industry. Categories include community relations, public-media relations, and education. The 2006 “PRIDE Awards” program is open to all industry firms, agencies, and associations. Entries are due March 17. For more information, visit www.artba.org.

Missouri city to build bioreactor landfill

Officials in Columbia, Mo., have agreed to construct a bioreactor for the city's Columbia Sanitary Landfill, an effort that could increase the landfill's life by five years. Construction on the bioreactor is expected to begin this year and cost the city's public works department an estimated $2.3 million. Cambridge, Mass.-based Camp Dresser & Mckee, an environmental engineering and consulting firm, will design the 8- to 9-acre bioreactor, which could be completed by 2007. The project is part of the U.S. EPA's research and development trial, which enables cities to use bioreactor technology and report their findings. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will observe the landfill over a 12-year period and share its findings with state and federal environmental organizations.

Holst elected IRTBA president

Kathleen Holst, regional vice president of traffic safety for Chicago-based NES Rental Holdings, has been elected president of the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association for 2006–2007. Holst's appointment marks the first time a woman has helmed the 67-year-old organization, which is made up of 390 company members involved in designing, building, and maintaining the system of roads, airports, public transportation, and waterways in Illinois. Holst also serves on various Illinois DOT committees and is vice president on the board of directors of the Chicagoland Construction Safety Council.

Drinking water rules finalized

The U.S. EPA has finalized two related drinking water protection rules. The Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule is designed to reduce the risk of disease-causing microorganisms from entering water supplies, and the Stage 2 Disinfection Byproducts Rule requires water systems to limit the amount of potentially harmful disinfection byproducts that end up in drinking water. The rules, originally proposed in August 2003, were developed from consensus recommendations from a federal advisory committee made up of state and local governments, tribes, environmental, public health, and water industry groups. Finalizing the two rules represents the last phase of a congressionally required rulemaking strategy under the 1996 Amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act. For more information, visit www.epa.gov/safewater.

Policy to improve wastewater treatment

The U.S. EPA has proposed a policy for addressing peak wet weather discharges at wastewater treatment plants. The policy encourages public participation via the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit process, and provides for public notification in the event that a diversion does take place. It also confirms that end-of-pipe discharges must comply with Clean Water Act permits, including effluent limitations based on secondary treatment and any more stringent limitations for receiving waters. For more information, visit www.epa.gov.

Tools aid in arsenic control

The U.S. EPA has released a set of user-friendly multimedia products to help small drinking-water utilities meet revised regulations to control arsenic. The tools will provide owners and operators with information to guide them in making treatment decisions. Central to the suite is the Arsenic Virtual Trade Show, a Web site with a database of vendors, treatment “decision tree,” and tips for evaluating and selecting treatment providers. Other products being released include a brochure, interactive CD-ROM, and a DVD-ROM. To launch the Arsenic Virtual Trade Show, visit www.arsenictradeshow.org.

Hydraulics standards released on CD-ROM

The Hydraulic Institute has released its newest version of ANSI/HI Pump Standards on CD-ROM. ANSI/HI Pump Standards on CD-ROM, Version 2.0, contains the full text of all ANSI/HI Standards, and features several enhanced search and navigation features. It includes more than 1500 pages of content and 26 standards. It is designed to provide any professional involved with pumps or pumping systems with technical information, organized for maximum user friendliness. For more information, visit www.pumps.org.

UpFront is assembled by associate editor Jenni Spinner. Submit your news to her at jspinner@hanleywood.com or by fax at 630-543-3112.