EPA honors several New England WWTPs with excellence awards

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded five wastewater treatment plants with the 2014 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award, as well as four WWTPs with the Regional Industrial Pretreatment Program Excellence Award.

Feb. 16, 2015 -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that it has awarded five wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) with the 2014 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award, as well as four WWTPs with the Regional Industrial Pretreatment Program Excellence Award -- all for their exceptional sustainability efforts throughout last year.

2014 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award

The EPA Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award was established to recognize and honor the employees of publicly-owned WWTPs for their commitment to improving water quality with outstanding plant operations and maintenance. More often than not, and particularly with the smaller facilities, conscientious operators and staff continue to perform exceptionally with limited resources.

The Medfield, Mass., Wastewater Treatment Plant

The Medfield WWTP staff, led by Superintendent Robert McDonald, was recognized by EPA's New England Office for exceptional work in operating and maintaining the facility. The Medfield WWTP was acknowledged for its outstanding work on Jan. 28, at the annual New England Water Environment Association Conference (WEAC) in Boston. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection was instrumental in nominating this facility.

The New Shoreham, R.I., Water and Sewer Commission

The New Shoreham Water and Sewer Commission staff, led by Chris Blane, Superintendent, was recognized by EPA's New England Office for exceptional work in operating and maintaining the facility. The New Shoreham WWWTP was acknowledged for its outstanding work on Jan. 28, at the annual New England WEAC in Boston. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management was instrumental in nominating this facility.

The East Providence, R.I., Water Pollution Control Plant

The East Providence Water Pollution Control Plant staff, led by Superintendent Tom Azevedo, was recognized by EPA's New England Office for exceptional work in operating and maintaining the facility. The East Providence WWTP was acknowledged for its outstanding work on Jan. 28, at the annual New England WEAC in Boston. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management was instrumental in nominating this facility.

The Hampton, N.H., Wastewater Treatment Plant

The Hampton WWTP staff, led by Mike Dube, Operations Manager, was recognized by EPA's New England Office for exceptional work in operating and maintaining the facility. The Hampton WWTP was acknowledged for its outstanding work on Jan. 28, at the annual New England WEAC in Boston. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services was instrumental in nominating this facility.

The Penacook, N.H., Wastewater Treatment Plant

The Penacook WWTP staff, led by Superintendent Mike Hanscom, was recognized by EPA's New England Office for exceptional work in operating and maintaining the facility. The Penacook WWTP was acknowledged for its outstanding work on Jan. 28, at the annual New England WEAC in Boston. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services was instrumental in nominating this facility.

2014 Regional Industrial Pretreatment Program Excellence Award

The EPA Regional Industrial Pretreatment Program Excellence Award was established to recognize and honor employees of publicly-owned WWTPs for their commitment to improving water quality through outstanding oversight of its industrial users discharging to the municipal sewer system. More often than not, and particularly with the smaller facilities, conscientious pretreatment coordinators and staff continue to perform exceptionally with limited resources.

The Attleboro, Mass., Water Pollution Control Facility

The Attleboro Water Pollution Control Facility pretreatment program staff, led by Pretreatment Coordinator Aaron Dumont and Assistant Pretreatment Coordinator John Reed, was recognized by EPA's New England Office for exceptional work in inspecting, permitting and sampling its industrial users that discharge industrial waste into the city's collection system. The WWTP is currently under the supervision of Superintendent Paul Kennedy and Assistant Superintendent Thomas Hayes. This team effort to provide oversight of the city's food establishment sector was one of the primary reasons for the award nomination.

The Newport, R.I., Water Pollution Control Plant

The Newport Water Pollution Control Plant pretreatment program staff, led by Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator Christopher Fay, was recognized by EPA's New England Office for exceptional work in inspecting, permitting and sampling its industrial users that discharge industrial waste into the city's collection system. Newport's exceptional compliance record during a recent state audit was another primary reason for recognition.

The East Providence, R.I., Water Pollution Control Plant

The East Providence Water Pollution Control Plant pretreatment program staff, led by Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator Dennis Kamowski, was recognized by EPA's New England Office for exceptional work in inspecting, permitting and sampling its industrial users that discharge industrial waste into the city's collection system. East Providence's exceptional compliance record during a recent state audit was another primary reason for recognition.

The Hanover, N.H., Water Reclamation Facility

The Hanover Water Reclamation Facility pretreatment program staff, led by Pretreatment Coordinator Mark Roper, was recognized by EPA's New England Office for exceptional work in inspecting, permitting and sampling its industrial users that discharge industrial waste into the city's collection system. Although the town is not required to develop a federal industrial pretreatment program, it implements a program that meets most federal requirements. Roper's outstanding efforts to oversee industrial users, along with the submittal of a voluntary annual pretreatment report, are additional reasons that Hanover is being recognized.

See also:

"New England wastewater treatment plants, operators receive EPA excellence awards"

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