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  • Is It Time To Fight PPCPs
    assessing the risk posed by PPCPs The agency has conducted extensive research into the threat collecting 24 hour composited effluent samples from 50 large wastewater treatment plants across the country Researchers explored the presence of 56 highly prescribed pharmaceutical ingredients and determined conclusively that some of these are prevalent in wastewater Hydrochlorothiazide a blood pressure medication was found in every single sample Metoprolol another blood pressure medication was found in 49 of the 50 samples Atenolol a beta blocker and carbamazepine a seizure medication were found in 48 samples Twelve of the identified drugs were found in at least 40 samples That s the bad news the type of results that are likely to stoke public fears However the EPA remains unaffected by the possibility of any real threat to consumers Measured concentrations were uniformly very low and no drug was found at a concentration of 10 ppb the agency said of its findings This suggests that pharmaceutical active ingredients are fairly ubiquitous but present only at very low concentrations in typical U S wastewater For now the agency holds PPCPs in the dual limbos that are its Third Contaminant Candidate List CCL3 and Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule UCMR In other words it s monitoring the threat but presently sees no cause for serious action to combat it As research continues it s possible for the threat posed by PPCPs to be elevated in the eyes of the EPA leading to a mandated response from wastewater treatment facilities Once water quality criteria are established by the EPA or where it is demonstrated that there is or would be a negative impact from the presence of specific PPCPs in effluents discharged into a receiving water or from the reuse of the effluent then efforts should be taken to either remove them from the wastewater or potentially to control their use the agency said So in a yet unrealized world where we need to combat the presence of PPCPs what would the EPA recommend treatment facilities do There are studies that have shown specific treatment technologies as being effective in removing some but not all PPCPs the agency said There are also examples of advanced treatment systems that employ a combination of such technologies as microfiltration reverse osmosis UV and hydrogen peroxide advanced oxidation following conventional secondary treatment that have been shown to be very effective in removing most if not all PPCPs Although the threat to public health remains unquantified it s possible that treatment in the plant will be enough to stop PPCPs if deemed necessary The EPA is interested in studies that find natural treatment systems like constructed wetlands to be effective in removing PPCPs Environmental organizations like The Groundwater Foundation GF believe the answer is found further upstream Our message to the public has been one of properly disposing of PPCPs through a take back event of some sort said GF executive vice president Cindy Kreifels In Nebraska we have been working with a number of other groups

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  • EPA Fails 6 Subjects
    the number of chemicals in our environment the EPA has an online database ChemView with information on more than 1 500 of them The EPA is charged with assessing the safety of and potentially regulating these chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act TSCA of 1976 since the act s inception however the EPA has limited or banned the use of just five chemicals Does that mean the rest of them are safe Hardly The lack of activity is more likely attributable to slow work According to the OIG at its current pace it would take the EPA at least 10 years to get through 83 chemicals already identified in TSCA work plans Contrasting that snail s pace the report published on May 28 indicates that the EPA has committed to completing 250 assessments by Sept 30 2015 with no word on when this lightning round of activity commenced The EPA has also developed six essential reform policies to improve TSCA legislation and help better manage chemical risks going forward The EPA Needs to Improve Its Workload Analysis to Accomplish Its Mission Efficiently and Effectively At a macro level the EPA s mission is very broad labor intensive and often overwhelming The OIG report states the The EPA s workload has continued to increase over the years while its workforce levels have declined This trend is likely to continue with downward pressure on budgets With such limited resources available the EPA has recognized the need for systematic workload analysis to identify workforce and budget requirements it just hasn t been done or not well enough Thus the OIG has included this management challenge on its report for three consecutive years The same issue was also brought to the EPA s attention in reports by the U S Government Accountability Office GAO in 2001 2005 2008 and 2009 Despite the repeated appeals true progress doesn t appear imminent In fact agency wide implementation is far from complete according to the OIG as the EPA at this stage is still ramping up its workload analysis capabilities and exploring suitable methodologies The EPA Needs to Enhance Information Technology Security to Combat Cyber Threats Cybersecurity has long been a thorny issue for lawmakers businesses and the public due to privacy concerns but the threat is readily acknowledged or should be especially in the wake of China s recent hack of U S intelligence From an EPA standpoint the security challenge is exacerbated by the agency s decentralized operations making it hard to enforce cybersecurity standards across the board Nonetheless the OIG called on the EPA to address vulnerabilities in five key areas Risk management planning Security information and event management tool implementation Computer security incident response capability and network operation integration Computer security incident response capability relationship building Audit follow up to ensure timely and effective actions are being taken to remediate cybersecurity weaknesses identified This year s OIG report harkens back to its 2011 report which highlighted the growing concerns and made recommendations

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  • New Rules A Review Of Regulatory Reform Proposals
    presentation at the Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association WWEMA Washington Forum in April According to Copeland whose Office is nonpartisan supporters of reform argue that it will improve rulemaking by ensuring full consideration of regulatory impacts and costs opponents meanwhile argue that the proposals are meant to halt regulatory processes making analysis so complex and burdensome on government that it s impossible to regulate Copeland said both views may be correct a nonpartisan comment indeed but indicated that the current Congressional profile gives regulatory reform a better chance now than in recent past years Still she tempered proposals that pass ed through the House of Representatives would face tough Senate and Administration opposition What follows are Copeland s descriptions of regulatory reform proposals on the docket grouped in illustrative categories such as they appeared in her presentation Bills For Review Repeal Sunset Of Existing Rules Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015 S 708 King to establish an independent commission to identify outdated or overly burdensome rules and nominate them for congressional review under fast track procedures Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome SCRUB Act H R 1155 Smith of MO also would establish a commission to review rules This bill would force agencies to scrap one economically costly rule before promulgating a new one Small Business Regulatory Sunset Act S 846 Kirk would require federal agencies to analyze impacts of major rules on small business and would sunset rules that impact small business after 7 years unless agencies go through rulemaking to renew them Legislation On Permit Streamlining Federal Permitting Improvement Act S 280 Portman to streamline environmental permitting for major energy infrastructure and manufacturing projects through improved interagency coordination of federal permitting processes The Responsibility and Professionally Invigorating Development Act RAPID Act H R 348 Marino is similar Bills Concerning Judicial Review Of Consent Decrees And Settlements Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlement Act H R 712 Collins S 378 Grassley seeks to curtail use of legal settlements and consent decrees between federal agencies and outside groups It would require agencies to provide public notice when they have received notices of intent to sue from advocacy groups and would require agencies to provide industry groups states and other affected parties an opportunity to intervene before agencies file consent decrees or settlements with a court Legislation Concerned With New Rules Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act REINS Act S 226 Paul H R 427 Young of IN specifies that major rules may not take effect unless Congress enacts a resolution of approval Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act H R 50 Foxx requires agencies to analyze direct and indirect costs of unfunded mandates on state and local governments and the private sector Expands unfunded mandates law to independent regulatory agencies e g SEC NLRB FDIC FCC Passed House 2 4 2015 Regulatory Accountability Act H R 185 Goodlatte would require agencies to analyze indirect costs and benefits of proposals and choose the lowest cost rulemaking alternative

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  • Views on the Latest Regulations Documents on Water Online
    All Providers Views on the Latest Regulations The User s Guide To Integrated Planning 12 22 2015 The Water Environment Research Foundation WERF the research branch of the waste and stormwater industry s primary trade and lobbying group is developing a set of tools and data to help communities pursue wastewater and stormwater projects that integrate multiple disciplines while complying with regulations and keeping costs down Compliance Tips For EPA s New Power Plant Regulations 11 10 2015 Now that the final rule has been published in the Federal Register the stage is set for official implementation of the U S EPA s Steam Electric Power Generating Effluent Guidelines on Jan 4 2016 7 Questions For Solving Odor Control 11 10 2015 If you were somehow transported back to the 19 th century unawares the first thing to tip you off might be the smell Wet Weather Challenges And Solutions 10 27 2015 Susan Moisio conveyance and storage leader with CH2M sheds light on the conditions and obstacles facing municipalities as they struggle with stormwater management Is It Time To Fight PPCPs 8 7 2015 There s no question that they have found their way into our water supply and there s evidence to suggest they are neutering fish making birds fat and exposing drinkers to gender morphing side effects EPA Fails 6 Subjects 6 17 2015 Like so many schoolchildren sweating out final grades the U S EPA gets its own report card each year served by the EPA Office of Inspector General OIG Unfortunately it s full of bad marks New Rules A Review Of Regulatory Reform Proposals 4 28 2015 What does a Republican led Congress mean for the future of environmental regulations A legislative insider provides the scoop What s Going On At The EPA 4

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  • VTScada Device Driver Library
    Pump Station Control Pumps and Valves Sewers and Sewer Line Maintenance Stormwater Regulations and Legislation Industrial Food Beverage Petroleum Refining All Petroleum Refining Produced Water Power Generation Water Reuse Utility Management AMR AMI and Metering Asset Management Consumer Outreach Funding Labor Resiliency SCADA Automation Source Water All Source Water Contamination Desalination Water Scarcity Water Reuse Regulations and Legislation Providers YSI a Xylem brand Hach Company Schneider Electric Neptune Technology Group Inc Evoqua Water Technologies Veolia Water Solutions Technologies ABB Measurement Products Aclara Jacobi Carbons Endress Hauser Inc KROHNE Inc Kaeser Compressors Inc Emerson Process Management Rosemount Analytical Degremont Technologies Brentwood Industries View All Providers Datasheet March 3 2015 VTScada Device Driver Library Datasheet Source Trihedral Engineering Limited VTScada provides maximum flexibility when choosing monitoring and control devices by supporting most industry standard and even many proprietary I O protocols Contact us if you don t see the driver you want as we can create new drivers to suit virtually any need Trihedral Engineering Limited Contact The Supplier Contact Details Company Profile MORE FROM Trihedral Engineering Limited Contact Details Company Name Trihedral Engineering Limited Address 1160 Bedford Highway Suite 400 Bedford NS B4A 1C1 CA Phone 800 463 2783 Contact Patrick

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  • Market Town Relies On Economical Ecological And Future-Proof iPERL Metering Solution
    Valves Sewers and Sewer Line Maintenance Stormwater Regulations and Legislation Industrial Food Beverage Petroleum Refining All Petroleum Refining Produced Water Power Generation Water Reuse Utility Management AMR AMI and Metering Asset Management Consumer Outreach Funding Labor Resiliency SCADA Automation Source Water All Source Water Contamination Desalination Water Scarcity Water Reuse Regulations and Legislation Providers YSI a Xylem brand Hach Company Schneider Electric Neptune Technology Group Inc Evoqua Water Technologies Veolia Water Solutions Technologies ABB Measurement Products Aclara Jacobi Carbons Endress Hauser Inc KROHNE Inc Kaeser Compressors Inc Emerson Process Management Rosemount Analytical Degremont Technologies Brentwood Industries View All Providers Case Study December 11 2015 Market Town Relies On Economical Ecological And Future Proof iPERL Metering Solution Source Sensus With 2 800 state of the art water meters the market town of Dießen am Ammersee not only showcases a solution for the cutting edge communication of usage data its new meters also impress with future proof materials an economic service life and the provision of transparent services for the utility s customers Sensus Contact The Supplier Contact Details Company Profile MORE FROM Sensus Contact Details Company Name Sensus Address 8601 Six Forks Road Suite 700 Raleigh NC 27615 US Phone 1

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  • Does Water Flow Uphill
    Water Power Generation Water Reuse Utility Management AMR AMI and Metering Asset Management Consumer Outreach Funding Labor Resiliency SCADA Automation Source Water All Source Water Contamination Desalination Water Scarcity Water Reuse Regulations and Legislation Providers YSI a Xylem brand Hach Company Schneider Electric Neptune Technology Group Inc Evoqua Water Technologies Veolia Water Solutions Technologies ABB Measurement Products Aclara Jacobi Carbons Endress Hauser Inc KROHNE Inc Kaeser Compressors Inc Emerson Process Management Rosemount Analytical Degremont Technologies Brentwood Industries View All Providers Article November 16 2015 Does Water Flow Uphill By Zach Sample P E Green Infrastructure Design Products Manager Be honest how many times would you answer yes to the following questions Have you ever submitted or reviewed A water quality treatment design where the calculated facilities would be too long or big to fit on the site A design which tries to move water uphill because the levels are not part of the analysis A design where the outlet is higher than the maximum possible water level so the SWC cannot drain An issue with a drainage design after it was reviewed and approved by the client or city XP Solutions Contact The Supplier Contact Details Company Profile MORE FROM

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  • Model-Driven Development
    All Management Flushables Pump Station Control Pumps and Valves Sewers and Sewer Line Maintenance Stormwater Regulations and Legislation Industrial Food Beverage Petroleum Refining All Petroleum Refining Produced Water Power Generation Water Reuse Utility Management AMR AMI and Metering Asset Management Consumer Outreach Funding Labor Resiliency SCADA Automation Source Water All Source Water Contamination Desalination Water Scarcity Water Reuse Regulations and Legislation Providers YSI a Xylem brand Hach Company Schneider Electric Neptune Technology Group Inc Evoqua Water Technologies Veolia Water Solutions Technologies ABB Measurement Products Aclara Jacobi Carbons Endress Hauser Inc KROHNE Inc Kaeser Compressors Inc Emerson Process Management Rosemount Analytical Degremont Technologies Brentwood Industries View All Providers Article November 20 2015 Model Driven Development By Adam Rose P E GISP Water Sewer Products Manager There is a name for your organizational structure even if you ve never given it any thought But knowing it can help you determine your career path options Perhaps you work in functional structure or maybe a matrix XP Solutions Contact The Supplier Contact Details Company Profile MORE FROM XP Solutions Contact Details Company Name XP Solutions Address 5415 SW Westgate Drive Suite 150 Portland OR 97221 US Phone 888 554 5022 Contact Sales Company Profile

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