WaterBriefs: President Bush to nominate Georgia native to serve as RUS chief

Also in this report: Mexico stresses local approaches for 4th World Water Forum; Parsons appoints Grim to head engineering group; WK Dickson promotes Tate to vice president; 50 million gallons leaks from PPL's Martins Creek ash basin, flow greatly reduced overnight; World Bank approves US$57.6M for sustainable development in Brasilia...

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-- Mexico stresses local approaches for 4th World Water Forum
-- Parsons appoints Grim to head engineering group
-- WK Dickson promotes Tate to vice president
-- Water flow from PPL's Martins Creek Ash Basin greatly reduced overnight
-- World Bank approves US$57.6M for sustainable development in Brasilia

President Bush to nominate Georgia native to serve as RUS chief
TUCKER, GA, Aug. 26, 2005 -- President George W. Bush has announced his intent to nominate Millen, Ga., native and former Jefferson Energy director James M. "Jim" Andrew to serve as administrator of the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), a Department of Agriculture rural development agency that focuses on building and improving rural infrastructure to provide essential services such as electricity, water and telecommunications...
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Mexico stresses local efforts to meet water challenges at 4th World Water Forum
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 26, 2005 -- The Mexican government, through the Secretariat of the 4th World Water Forum and the World Water Council, issued a Second Announcement of the Forum yesterday during the Seminar "Local Actions for a Global Challenge," held in the framework of the World Water Week in Stockholm. Following events in Morroco, The Netherlands, and Kyoto, Japan, Mexico City will host the forum March 16-22, 2006...
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Parsons appoints Grim to head engineering group
PASADENA, CA, Aug. 25, 2005 -- Robert Grim has been appointed managing director of Parsons Engineering Limited (PEL) based in Cork, Ireland. PEL specializes in design-build projects at process and water treatment facilities for clean industries, including pharmaceutical and biotechnology manufacturing, food and beverage, and fine chemical production. PEL's focus is Europe, the Middle East, and the continent of Africa. Bob will be responsible for expanding the project and program management capabilities of PEL...
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WK Dickson promotes Tate to vice president
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC, Aug. 25, 2005 -- WK Dickson & Co Inc. has named Mark Tate, PE, branch manager of the Hilton Head regional office, a vice president of the company. The announcement was made during Tuesday's executive management meeting in Charlotte, N.C. The Hilton Head regional office has experienced significant growth in just six short months of operation. After opening the office with a single employee, they now have five full-time employees and 15 major active engineering projects for nearby towns and cities...
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Water flow from PPL's Martins Creek Ash Basin greatly reduced overnight
ALLENTOWN, PA, Aug. 26, 2005 -- All night long, workers from PPL's Martins Creek power plant in Lower Mount Bethel Township, Pa., placed sandbags of varying sizes into an area of an ash basin that has been leaking a water-ash mixture into the Delaware River. They have succeeded in greatly reducing the flow into the river from the leak. The utility estimates that over 50 million gallons of water has escaped from the ash basin since the leak developed Tuesday night. It's testing area wells for any indication of potential arsenic contamination...
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World Bank approves US$57.6M for sustainable development in Brasilia
WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 26, 2005 -- The World Bank yesterday approved a US$57.6 million loan to the government of the Federal District of Brasilia, Brazil. The objective of the Brasilia Environmentally Sustainable Project is to help ensure quality water resources, through environmental planning and management activities, poverty reduction interventions, and environmental rehabilitation in the most critical river basins...
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In earlier newsbriefs, see:
-- "WaterBriefs: Wildermuth Environmental wins water resources project contract" -- Also in this report (Aug. 25, 2005): African ministers argue for priority on sanitation, hygiene at World Water Week Forum; Water value, rates among issues to face leaders at AWWA Public Officials Summit; Weed Instrument now a Rockwell Automation 'Encompass Asia Pacific' partner; Sentry Equipment Corp. acquires Gustafson Automatic Samplers; Cucamonga Valley Water District looks to USFilter for nitrate removal; Itron hires vice president of marketing...

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