News Briefs: Could Court Ruling Affect Biosolids Application?

In this week's wastewater headlines, court ruling could affect biosolids, UC-Boulder adds water certifications, and a water tower creates controversy.
News Briefs: Could Court Ruling Affect Biosolids Application?

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A New York Court of Appeals ruling on fracking could have repercussions for biosolids application, according to State Sen. George D. Maziarz. Last week’s ruling allows individual towns to ban fracking, which some believe sets a precedent for similar local bans on biosolids from Quasar Energy Group.

The Court of Appeals 5-2 ruling declared that towns in Otsego and Tompkins counties could ban fracking and invalidate permits granted by state or federal agencies. Maziarz claims the decision carries implications for Quasar’s land application process.

“[The court] will give wide deference to home rule authority as it relates to banning practices that local governments consider to be harmful,” he says in a Buffalo News article.

Nathan C. Carr, spokesman for Quasar, says the equate issue is a right-to-farm question.

“There is absolutely no relationship between the circumstances faced by the hydrofracking industry and a clearly agricultural activity such as land application of fertilizer produced by anaerobic digestion,” he says in the article.

Source: Buffalo News 

WEFTEC Announces Opening Session Speaker

Luke Williams, a commentator on culture change, innovation and entrepreneurship, will address WEFTEC attendees at the conference’s opening session on Sept. 29 in New Orleans. Williams is the author of Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Speak Transformation in Your Business, and his opening comments will focus on how water professionals can thrive in an era of constant change.

During the opening session, WEF President Sandra Ralston will also speak about progressive business models and how the wastewater treatment industry is shifting from waste disposal to resource recovery.

For more information on registration, keynote speakers and session schedules, visit the WEFTEC site.

Orange County Water Reuse Facility Chooses Antiscalant

After several years of pilot programs and research, the Orange County Water District received its first full-scale delivery of antiscalant from American Water Chemicals to combat silica-scaling. American Water Chemicals developed A-110 after analyzing OCWD’s wastewater feed. The antiscalant was created to control high phosphate and silica scales in the presence of ferric ion carryover.

“Our success was entirely based on years of scientific research that can now be applied to all other membrane water reuse facilities,” says Mo Malki, American Water Chemicals CEO.

The research was recently presented in a paper at the 2013 IDA World Congress in Tianjin, China.

Source: Nassau News

University Expands Options for Energy and Water Professionals

The University of Colorado-Boulder is expanding its degree options in the water and energy sectors. Beginning this fall, students can earn a Master of Engineering degree, a Professional Certification in Renewable Engineering or a Professional Certificate in Water Engineering and Management. According to a press release from the university, UC-Boulder is “responding to a growing needs for professionals with cutting-edge skills in water and energy industries and increasing demand for graduate-level courses in these fields.” The programs are available via distance education as well as on campus.

“Water facilities are actively seeking to be energy producers, not consumers,” says Dick Kuchenrither, director of the Water Engineering and Management Program. “This along with more stringent water regulations, the need for infrastructure renovation and the retirement of numerous senior water professionals, has produced the significant need for young water professionals.”

Source: UC-Boulder press release

Water Tower Redesign Spurs Neighborhood Controversy

In Ortley Beach, N.J., a newly renovated water tower has become a neighborhood talking point. Before Superstorm Sandy, the tower was decorated on both sides with the Ortley Beach logo and a pair of dolphins. After renovating the tower, New Jersey American Water added its corporate logo to the southern side of the structure, which faces traffic, and kept the dolphins and beach logo on the opposite side.

“I think the Ortley Beach logo on the tower was significant for the area, and the area suffered enough struggle that they need to put the dolphins back up there,” says resident Lisa Apuzzio in a CBS interview.

New Jersey American Water states that although some in the town might be disappointed in the design, the company logo represents more than branding. According to a statement from the company:

“(The logo) represents the thousands of hours our employees from around the state put in to totally rebuild a local water system that had been completely destroyed by the storm.”

Source: New York CBS 



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