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- January Program Spotlight – City of St. Augustine
- FIPA Spring Workshop and Classes will be held May 9-13, 2016
- Here’s How the Navy Is Powering a Fleet With Beef Fat
- “Flushable” Wipes Comments due by 6/15/2015
- WEF – Wastewater Worker Safety – Addressing Concerns on Ebola in Wastewater 11/4/2014 : 2:00 PM EST
FIPA Spring Workshop and Classes will be held May 9-13, 2016. We will be in Gainesville, FL. More information will be coming shortly! We have lots of good stuff coming soon!
Here’s How the Navy Is Powering a Fleet With Beef Fat
The U.S. Navy debuted its “Great Green Fleet”—a group of ships fueled by a mixture of petroleum and beef fat—on Wednesday, signaling a foray into a future less dependent on fossil fuels.
The fleet, which is scheduled to depart from San Diego next week, consists of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and three escort ships—the first to operate regularly on a biofuel-containing concoction, reports the Associated Press. For now, the mixture is only 10 percent beef fat and 90 percent petroleum because of the high cost of incorporating the fat. Eventually, the Navy aims to use a 50-50 ratio and plans to explore other sources of biofuel, including landfill, wood chips, and even food waste, says Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.
The Navy recognizes its need to reduce its carbon footprint—the service is responsible for a third of the energy used by the Department of Defense, which is the largest energy consumer in the world. But its motives are also economic and political.
“It gives us a strategic advantage,” Mabus told AP, referring to the United States’ reliance on oil exports from foreign countries that are not necessarily sympathetic to the American government or military. Alternative energy also provides an escape from the fluctuating prices of oil.
How eco-friendly the Green Fleet actually is remains up for debate. Even though it’s a good thing to rely less on fossil fuels, the meat industry itself contributes roughly 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, and environmentalists worry that biofuel production would require a harmful amount of land, fertilizer, and fuel.
But Mabus asserted that no land designated for food production would be used to cultivate biofuel. And this achievement is not the end; the Navy plans to continue developing more sustainable technology and reducing its consumption of natural resources in the future.
Dear FIPA Member, The NW Region Industrial Pretreatment folks have asked FIPA to provide comments regarding the impacts of “flushable” wipes on Utility collection systems, so these comments can be forwarded to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). These comments are being requested by the FTC prior to their issuance of the final Consent Order to Nice-Pak Products, Inc. (related to false claims that their Flushables products pose no harm to the sanitary sewer system).
The FTC’s Consent Order requires Nice-Pak Products Inc. (a manufacturer of wet wipes) to stop advertising moist toilet tissue as flushable unless it can substantiate/prove that the product is safe to flush. Similarly, Nice-Pak agreed to not claim that its moist toilet tissue is safe for sewer and septic tanks unless it has substantiation for those claims. In addition, Nice-Pak will stop providing trade customers, such as retailers, with information to make such unsubstantiated claims. Costco, CVS, Target, and BJ’s Wholesale Club were Nice-Pak customers that sold the formulation of the company’s moist toilet tissue that was the subject of the complaint under their own private labels. For more info regarding this case, go to: https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2015/05/wet-wipe-manufacturer-agrees-substantiate-flushability
Your comment to FIPA should address the impacts of “flushable” wipes on Utility collection systems, including the costs related to addressing problems identified in utility lift stations (valves, pump impellers, pumps), POTW processes (screens, pumps and valves and debris removal) and POTW biosolids (is additional treatment or maintenance required, such as screening, cleaning, drying, shredding) or are there and issues affecting biosolids transportation or application/spreading, or any other impact you can identify. Many of you may already be documenting these impacts. If so, please share this info with FIPA, so we can forward this info to the NW Region Industrial Pretreatment folks
Please email your comments to me (Susanna.Littell@ocfl.net ) and to FIPA’s Secretary, Monica(firstname.lastname@example.org) by June 15th, so we can review these and forward them to the NW Region Industrial Pretreatment folks. All comments must be received by the FTC by June 19, 2015.
Also, this topic would make for a worthwhile FIPA committee! Please let me and FIPA’s Secretary (Monica) know if you are interested in participating in a possible “FIPA Flushables Committee”. We will discuss FIPA member interest in this committee during FIPA’s Fall 2015 Workshop.
Florida Industrial Pretreatment Association
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EPA PROGRAM AND REGIONAL OFFICES’ LINKS
- Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection – Searchable database of financial assistance sources (grants, loans, cost-sharing) available to fund a variety of watershed protection projects.
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- Approved Analytical Methods – Approved test methods for analyzing Escherichia coli (E. coli), enterococci, Cryptosporidium and Giardia in fresh and marine water. These methods will help better assess risks to public health from microbiological pollutants.
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FDEP Pretreatment Program Downloads
There are a number of items that may be useful to those interested in pretreatment. Below are links to download selected files or documents related to pretreatment.
If you have items that you would like to make available for downloading or have suggestions for information that you would like to see, please contact one of the pretreatment staff at (850) 245-8605.
Some of the downloads will require a ZIP utility software to extract the files. WinZip offers a free evaluation version; however, there are others that will work as well.
FDEP Pretreatment Documents and Guidance
- Florida Guidance Manual for Pretreatment Programs
- Instructions for Completing the Pretreatment Discharge Monitoring Report
- Plan of Study Summary
- Standard Language for Removing Local Limits from Sewer Use Ordinances (SUOs)
Local Limit Information and Development System, LLIDS 2001
LLIDS is a program designed to help calculate local discharge limits based on mass balance equations for conservative pollutants which may be discharged by industrial users. LLIDS was revised in 2010 in order to update the water quality standards which became effective April 16, 2003. The new version of LLIDS (LLIDS2001v2) is available for download through the link below. Installing this version of LLIDS will overwrite any existing LLIDS software, and any existing LLIDS data will be lost. LLIDS2001v2 can be installed and run on a personal computer using Windows 3.1® or higher. This version has not been tested on Windows Vista® or Windows 7®.
Identification of Wastewater Violations
- Instructions for the Identification of Industrial User Violations Exercise (1.4MB)
- Identification of Wastewater Violations Form ** Must be printed on legal-sized paper for submittal
EPA’s Pretreatment Program and Pretreatment Related Downloads
- Pretreatment Program Website
- Model Pretreatment Program Ordinance
- Risk Reduction Engineering Laboratory Treatability Database, Version 5.0.
EPA’s Treatability database which provides fate and transport information as well as summaries of treatment efficiencies for a wide variety of pollutants in different matrixes including domestic and industrial wastewater.
- Back issues of the Pretreatment Communicator newsletters prior to FIPA publication can be viewed by using or downloading the files below and using the Adobe Acrobat Reader™.
- Pretreatment Communicator, Vol. 10, Issue 1 — April 2005 (286 KB)
- Pretreatment Communicator, Vol. 9, Issue 3 — December 2004 (1.74 MB)
- Pretreatment Communicator, Vol. 9, Issue 2 — July 2004 (383K)
- Pretreatment Communicator, Vol. 8, Issue 3 — September 2003 (111K)
- Pretreatment Communicator, Vol. 8, Issue 2 — April 2003 (348K)
- Pretreatment Communicator, Vol. 7, Issue 2 — May 2002 (3.45MB)
- Pretreatment Communicator, Vol. 7, Issue 1 — January 2002 (3.14MB)
- Pretreatment Communicator, Vol. 6, Issue 1 — July 2001 (220K)
- Pretreatment Communicator, Vol. 5, Issue 1 — July 2000 (472K)
- Pretreatment Communicator, Vol. 4, Issue 4 — April 2000 (404K)
- Pretreatment Communicator, Vol. 4, Issue 3 — January 2000 (391K)
- Pretreatment Communicator, Vol. 4, Issue 2 — October 1999 (648K)
- Pretreatment Communicator, Vol. 4, Issue 1 — July 1999 (232K)
- Pretreatment Communicator, Vol. 3, Issue 3/4 — January/April 1998 (284K)
- Pretreatment Communicator, Vol. 3, Issue 2 — October 1997 (185K)
- Pretreatment Communicator, Vol. 3, Issue 1 — July 1997 (177K)
- Pretreatment Communicator, Vol. 2, Issue 4 — April 1997 (150K)
- Pretreatment Communicator, Vol. 2, Issue 3 — January 1997 (158K)
- Pretreatment Communicator, Vol. 2, Issue 2 — October 1996 (155K)
- Pretreatment Communicator, Vol. 2, Issue 1 — July 1996 (199K)
- Pretreatment Communicator, Vol. 1, Issue 4 — April 1996 (123K)
- Pretreatment Communicator, Vol. 1, Issue 3 — January 1996 (119K)
- Preteatment Communicator, Vol. 1, Issue 2 — October 1995 (105K)
- Pretreatment Communicator, Vol. 1, Issue 1 — July 1995 (93K)
- Map of Florida’s Pretreatment Programs (775 KB) http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/wastewater/dom/docs/ppromap.pdf