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  • Erosion and Sediment Control: Navigating NPDES Regulations, the SWPPP, and Techniques for Compliance

    Erosion and Sedimentation: Why Are They a Problem? The US Environmental Protection Agency lists sediment as the single most common pollutant in rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs. With all the potentially harmful chemicals and substances in the world, it seems odd to many people that sediment—dirt, essentially—is singled out as the major culprit. Yet these particles of ...


    By FINN Corporation

  • Marine Sciences Investigations in Support of Level Oftreatment Decisions for Municipal Wastewater Discharges in Puerto Rico

    ABSTRACT The Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) currently has National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits that incorporate relaxation (waiver) of BOD and TSS secondary treatment requirements for six of its regional wastewater treatment plants. The waivers are available under Section 301(h) of the Clean Water Act. Maintaining the waivers requires, in part, ...

  • Army Truck Wash Depot case study

    The Problem: The Army Truck Wash Depot had a trickling filter that was not capable of handling the organic loading generated by heavy vehicle wash operation. The tricking filter was channeling the wastewater due to media that had been crushed by the weight of the biomass that could not be sloughed off. As a result, the ability to treat the wastewater for BOD ...


    By BioprocessH2O

  • What Every Environmental Professional Needs to Know About TMDLs

    Much attention has been focused lately on the total maximum daily load (TMDL) program under Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C.  § 1313(d)). This program has generated considerable controversy, largely because it is perceived that it will lead to control requirements for agricultural operations and other “nonpoint” sources that have not ...

  • December 2005 - Regulatory Update

    The Onyx Environmental Services - Environmental, Health, Safety, and Transportation department is pleased to present the Monthly Regulatory Update. The update contains a brief summary of the proposed and final rules from EPA, OSHA, and DOT published in the Federal Register in the past calendar month. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the Monthly Regulatory Updates, ...

  • How to Choose the Best Wastewater Treatment System for Your Plant

    For industrial companies producing wastewater as a byproduct of their process, some type of wastewater treatment system is usually necessary. Failing to properly treat your wastewater can potentially harm the environment, human health, and your process, in addition to causing your facility to incur heavy fines and possible legal action if it is being improperly discharged into a publicly owned ...


    By SAMCO Technologies, Inc.

  • Meat Packing Wastewater Disinfection Difficulties Leads to a State of the Art Control System and Consistent Regulatory Compliance

    ABSTRACTJohn Morrell & Co. is a meat packing plant located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The facility also maintains a tertiary wastewater treatment facility with a direct discharge following treatment. The treatment facility had good effluent compliance history until the spring of 2001, when sporadic elevated levels of fecal coliform and infrequent spikes in chlorine residual were ...

  • WOW-Air Eliminates Headworks H2S

    Summary FreshAWL was invited to the Mel Leong Industrial Waste Treatment Plant (MLTP) to introduce FreshAWL® WOW-Air™ for the purpose of better resolving their high levels of aerobic H2S at the treatment system head-works with a green sulfide scavenger. The MLTP and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) were researching cleaner and more effective alternatives to ...


    By FreshAWL, LLC

  • Whole Effluent Toxicity Testing

    What is Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) testing? Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) testing is an important component of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA’s) integrated approach for detecting and addressing toxicity in surface waters. The National Pollutant Discharge  Elimination System (NPDES) permit program, authorized by the Clean Water Act, controls water pollution by ...

  • Report to Congress: Combined Sewer Overflows to the Lake Michigan Basin

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is transmitting this Report to Congress on combined sewer overflows (CSOs) in the Lake Michigan basin. CSOs can occur in combined sewer systems (CSSs), which are defined as collection systems that carry both wastewater and storm water in the same pipe. A CSO is defined as “the discharge from a CSS at a point prior to the publicly-owned treatment ...

  • Side By Side By Side: The Evaluation of Three High Rate Process Technologies for Wet Weather Treatment

    ABSTRACTMost large combined sewer communities face significant financial investment to address wet weather compliance issues. Innovative, cost-effective methods of dealing with wet weather flows is a must to prevent spiraling rate increases for rate payers. High rate clarification and high rate filtration systems are becoming the technology of choice for treating wet weather flows. The City of ...

  • Environmental assessments and audits at aviation facilities

    Environmentalists are all about “green”, but there is another type of green that is associated with being environmentally compliant – money. There are primarily two types of environmental assessments that are performed at aviation facilities that can affect a company’s bottom line: Phase I/II Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) and General Facility Audits. The ESAs are also referred to as due ...


    By DES, Inc.

  • The Power to Separate

    Gravity separators are effective and economical tools used to process wastewater and stormwater by removing pollutants such as sediment, hydrocarbons and debris through the process of sedimentation or flotation. Most separators have few or no moving parts, are easy to maintain and have a successful history of use in many different industrial, commercial and residential applications. Specifying ...


    By BaySaver Technologies, Inc.

  • 2011 Predictions for EPA`s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

    The Acta Group, L.L.C.'s (Acta) thoughts are below on what may be headed our way in 2011 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). In short, the general trends established by the Obama Administration during the past two years are expected to continue notwithstanding the 2010 election results. At the same time, the impact of ...


    By Acta Group

  • Conducting The Phase I Assessment - Records Review

     This is the second in a series of five articles relating to conducting Phase I Environmental Site assessments. Each article attempts to give the reader a thorough understanding of a specific aspect of the Phase I process and Clayton’s commitment to meeting or exceeding the requirements of ASTM Standard E 1527 Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site ...


  • Sustainable wastewater separation treatment systems coupled with nutrient and water reducing greywater reuse technologies

    Nationally and internationally, pressure is increasing to introduce nutrient reducing, water conserving and recycling measures for sustainable residential and small community water/wastewater systems. Reports of inadequate water quality and quantity are being reported daily. Over the past thirty years the federal government and State of Alaska have invested over 4 billion dollars installing piped ...


    By Equaris Corporation

  • 2013 Predictions for EPA`s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

    The Acta Group's (Acta) thoughts are below on what may be headed our way in 2013 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). Although the 2012 Presidential Election is over, environmental issues will continue to be used to make distinctions between the two parties (or between the House and Senate). Speculation is currently rife ...


    By Acta Group

  • Predictions for EPA`s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

    The Acta Group's (Acta) thoughts are below on what may be headed our way in 2013 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). Although the 2012 Presidential Election is over, environmental issues will continue to be used to make distinctions between the two parties (or between the House and Senate). Speculation is currently rife ...


    By Acta Group

  • 2013 Predictions for EPA`s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

    Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.'s (B&C) thoughts are below on what may be headed our way in 2013 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). Although the 2012 Presidential Election is over, environmental issues will continue to be used to make distinctions between the two parties (or between the House and Senate). Speculation ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Predictions for EPA`s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

    Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.'s (B&C) thoughts are below on what may be headed our way in 2013 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). Although the 2012 Presidential Election is over, environmental issues will continue to be used to make distinctions between the two parties (or between the House and Senate). Speculation ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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