2013 onward into 2014

I do hope to remember to use 14 instead of 13 for the next few days. Some of the interesting news that came out of 2013 and leading us into 2014 happened to be a new tools from EPA to include diagnostics, funding opportunities, green remediation, Toxcast, updated haz-waste guidance, screening level updates for residential and commercial/industrial exposures to soil, air, and drinking water and last but not least the FIPA 2014 Spring Workshop will be held in Central Florida at the end of April.

ITRC Environmental Molecular Diagnostics: New Tools for Better Decisions -January 7, 2014, 2:00PM-4:15PM EST (19:00-21:15 GMT). Environmental molecular diagnostics (EMDs) are a group of advanced and emerging analytical techniques used to analyze biological and chemical characteristics of environmental samples. Although EMDs have been used over the past 25 years in various scientific fields, particularly medical research and diagnostic fields, their application to environmental remediation management is relatively new and rapidly developing. The ITRC Environmental Molecular Diagnostics Fact Sheets (EMD-1, 2011), ITRC Environmental Molecular Diagnostics Technical and Regulatory Guidance (EMD-2, 2013) and this companion Internet-based training will foster the appropriate uses of EMDs and help regulators, consultants, site owners, and other stakeholders to better understand a site and to make decisions based on the results of EMD analyses. At the conclusion of the training, learners will be able to determine when and how to use the ITRC Environmental Molecular Diagnostics Technical and Regulatory Guidance (EMD-2, 2013); define when EMDs can cost-effectively augment traditional remediation data sets; and describe the utility of various types of EMDs during remediation activities. For more information and to register, see http://www.itrcweb.org or http://clu-in.org/live.

SRP (EPA’s Site Remediation program, yes I had to look it up.) Funding Opportunities Web Seminar - January 16, 2014, 1:00PM-2:30PM EST (18:00-19:30 GMT). The SRP will be holding a web seminar to provide information about current “Superfund Hazardous Substance Research and Training Program (P42)” funding opportunities. Primary focus will be on the new multi-project center grant announcement (P42), including an emphasis on changes compared to previous solicitations. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions. For more information and to register, see http://clu-in.org/live .

Green Remediation Best Management Practices: Materials and Waste Management (EPA 542-F-13-003). The process of cleaning up a contaminated site often involves purchasing and consuming large volumes of manufactured items as well as raw or processed resources. Site cleanup can also generate significant volumes of waste that could be recycled or salvaged for reuse rather than disposed of at landfills. To help cleanup decision-makers reduce environmental footprints associated with materials and waste, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a new “green remediation BMP” fact sheet on materials and waste management. The best management practices (BMPs) involve various approaches to purchasing greener products and expanding capability for material reuse or recycling rather than disposal (December 2013, 4 pages). View or download at http://clu-in.org/techpubs.htm .

EPA Releases Chemical Screening Data on 1,800 Chemicals/Agency Improves Access to Chemical Data and Announces ToxCast Data Challenges. EPA’s use of cost effective advanced chemical screening techniques has transformed this country’s knowledge of the safety of almost 2,000 chemicals currently in use, said Lek Kadeli, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development. As part of this data release, EPA is announcing the ToxCast Data Challenges, a series of challenges inviting the science and technology community to work with the data and provide solutions for how the new chemical screening data can be used to predict potential health effects. Challenge winners will receive awards for their innovative research ideas. View the Interactive Chemical Safety for Sustainability (iCSS) Dashboard at http://actor.epa.gov/dashboard/ and participate in the ToxCast Data Challenges at http://epa.gov/ncct/challenges.html .

Updated Guidance for RCRA Subtitle C Permit Writers and Permittees (EPA 530-R-11-006). EPA has released an update (Version 3, October 29, 2013) to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) program guidance document entitled Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities (TSDF) Regulations: A User-Friendly Reference Document for RCRA Subtitle C Permit Writers and Permittees. The document consolidates and streamlines the TSDF regulatory requirements into a helpful reference tool with a user-friendly format that includes hyperlinked references to the regulations. There are also links to Federal Register notices, flow charts, checklists, and other guidance documents (October 2013, 64 pages). View or download at http://www.epa.gov/osw/hazard/tsd/permit/tsd-regs/tsdf-ref-doc.pdf .

2013 Fall Update of the Regional Screening Levels (RSLs) for Chemical Contaminants at Superfund Sites. The 2013 Fall update to the Regional Screening Levels (RSLs) for Chemical Contaminants at Superfund Sites is complete. The RSLs are a merger of the EPA Region 3 Risk-Based Concentration (RBC) Table, Region 6 Human Health Medium-Specific Screening Levels (HHMSSL) Table and the Region 9 Preliminary Remediation Goals (PRG) Table. Screening levels for every EPA region are available on the RSL website. The RSL tables provide comparison values for residential and commercial/industrial exposures to soil, air, and tapwater (drinking water). The unified use of the RSLs to screen chemicals at Superfund sites promotes national consistency. The update includes risk-based screening levels that were calculated using the latest toxicity values, default exposure assumptions and physical and chemical properties, and a calculator where default parameters can be changed to reflect site-specific risks. View and use at http://www.epa.gov/reg3hwmd/risk/human/rb-concentration_table/ .



By: FIPA News

CORE is excited to announce the first Semi-Annual Residential Cooking Oil Collection Competition!

The municipality that collects the most residential cooking oil during Environmental Education Week, April 15-21, 2012, will receive an award. The award will be presented to the winning municipality at a local Commission meeting.  The winning municipality will also receive recognition at the Fall FIPA Workshop and two free workshop registrations. 

Submit your volume of used cooking oil collected during the week of April 15-21 to fipasecretary@mail.com.  Volumes submitted must be received by April 25, 2012, in order to qualify for the competition.  Resources are available to assist you with oil collection service providers in your area as well as guidance you can use to help you with setting up your event.  CORE resources are available to you by visiting, www.core.fipaonline.com

Biodiesel By Products

By Lex Wahl, Pretreatment Coordinator, Panama City

Many municipalities have adopted a fats, oils and grease programs to protect collection systems and prevent sanitary sewer overflows.  You have heard of CORE, right?  (FIPA’s model Cooking Oil Recycling Effort.) This program, and others, are very well intentioned. On the surface recycling used cooking oil seems like a win-win program. Recycling keeps a good bit of fats, oil and grease out of wastewater collection systems ensuring that wastewater facilities are protected from products they cannot treat and all is well. Correct? Well, not so fast!!!


The purpose of this article is to address the primary application for which used cooking oil is collected, the production of bio-diesel fuel, and by products there from. Due to the escalating cost of petroleum based fuel biodiesel production has become in vogue both in large production facilities and as well as casual pastime for the backyard, do-it-yourself mechanic.  Bio-diesel is a renewable fuel that can be used in place of or in addition to petroleum based diesel fuel.


Bio-diesel manufacturing, in many cases, uses transesterification, which involves the mixing of natural vegetable oils or animal fats with an alcohol in the presence of a catalyst and is heated in a reactor (still) to produce biodiesel, and byproducts like glycerin

According to Biodiesel Magazine the US glycerin market is overflowing. At one time glycerin fetched a price of 20 to 25 cents per pound. Thanks to biodiesel sellers are lucky to get 5 cents per pound for glycerin today.

There are a few other things you should know about glycerin. Although sometimes considered environmentally friendly and non-toxic glycerin has a tremendous biological oxygen demand. BOD concentrations of 4,500—to 35,000 mg/l have been observed. Glycerin acts as a surfactant. Some plant operators have reported poor clarifier performance as a result of the presence of glycerin.  Due to the density and viscosity properties of glycerin WWFs may experience interference if enough glycerin finds its way into the collection system.

Operators that have been victimized by glycerin dumping complain of the inability to raise dissolved oxygen (DO) in the reactors during React/Fill cycles of Sequencing Batch Reactors and observe very little increase in DO during the React cycle. Operators also complain of a “white milky substance in the supernatant with some foaming.” White, opaque coatings of film have been observed on the crystalline sleeves protecting Ultra Violet (UV) lamps which can render UV disinfection ineffective. The usual suspect, glycerin.  Larger WWFs may never feel the effects of glycerin.  Smaller plants like those featured under “Spot Light,” are likely to feel the sting.

Robert E. Heilman Pretreatment Program Award 2011

The Robert Heilman award serves to commemorate the efforts of Robert Heilman, P.E. in establishing communication and educational means to enhance industrial pretreatment programs in the State of Florida.  This award will be presented to Florida Industrial Pretreatment programs that show a dedication to promoting the FIPA goals of enhanced education and utilize innovative communication and regulatory approaches to achieve compliance and protect the environment.


Nominate someone today: http://fipaonline.com/news.htm