WorldBriefs: U.S. EPA releases draft report on biosolids for external review

Also in this report: Achilles verify success for Ferro Monk; ABB head of global markets resigns; New video unveils surprising truths about water, conflict; Researcher position available in water services regulation; Severn Trent Services appoints European sales director for water purification; Breakthrough for Aarsleff in Latvia; ISO launches development of future standard on energy management; Greening London's rooftops; ICLEI Africa releases support materials; (more)...

In other news below:
-- Achilles verify success for Ferro Monk
-- ABB head of global markets resigns
-- New video unveils surprising truths about water, conflict
-- Researcher position available in water services regulation
-- Severn Trent Services appoints European sales director for water purification
-- Breakthrough for Aarsleff in Latvia
-- ISO launches development of future standard on energy management
-- Greening London's rooftops
-- ICLEI Africa releases support materials
-- The global warming potential of wheat

U.S. EPA releases draft report on biosolids for external review
WASHINGTON, DC, USA -- The U.S. EPA is announcing the release of a pre-dissemination, external review draft titled, "Problem Formulation for Human Health Risk Assessments of Pathogens in Land-applied Biosolids' (EPA/600/R- 08/035A), for both public comment and external peer review. The public comment period will span 45 days. Eastern Research Group (ERG), under contract with EPA, will convene an independent panel of experts and organize and conduct an external peer-review workshop to review the draft document. Both the U.S. EPA and ERG invite the public to register to attend this workshop. Click here for additional information regarding both submissions and registration.

Among other recent headlines:

Achilles verify success for Ferro Monk
LEEDS, UK -- Wastewater asset and pipeline rehabilitation specialist Ferro Monk Systems received excellent scores following independent assessment of the company's safety, health, environmental and quality procedures by leading supplier management services organization, Achilles, under their Verify program.

ABB head of global markets resigns
ZURICH, Switzerland -- Ravi Uppal, President of Global Markets and a member of the ABB Group Executive Committee since July 2007, has decided to relinquish his position for personal reasons and plans to return to India to pursue a career outside ABB. He will remain non-executive chairman of ABB in India, to help ensure continuity in the business in this rapidly growing market. A successor for his Zurich-based role as head of Global Markets will be announced in due course...

New video unveils surprising truths about water, conflict
In the new video Water Wars or Water Woes? Water Management as Conflict Management, Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) Director Geoff Dabelko explains that although newspapers and politicians constantly warn of impending water wars, water rarely leads to interstate violence. By focusing on water wars which evidence shows are extremely rare we are missing a lot of what is important around conflict management around water, argues Dabelko...

Researcher position available in water services regulation
The Dundee UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, at the University of Dundee, Scotland, is looking for a researcher in water services regulation. Applications are invited for a new Researcher with expertise in law and economics to investigate the legal issues surrounding the economic regulation of water utilities at a national scale within the global context...

Severn Trent Services appoints European sales director for water purification
Severn Trent Services have appointed Gary Richards to the role of European sales director for their Water Purification group. In this position, Richards will be responsible for developing European sales, managing existing distributors and identifying new distributors of key products. In addition, Richards will be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with European consulting engineers and contractors. He will be based in Minworth, northeast of Birmingham...

Breakthrough for Aarsleff in Latvia
Aarsleff has entered into a contract for the rehabilitation of 13 kilometers of existing sewer pipes in Riga. The contract has a value of DKK 80 million [US$15.23 million]. The project is the largest of its type so far in Latvia and is financed by the EU. Through the past eleven years, Aarsleff has worked with water supply and wastewater projects in the Baltic countries...

ISO launches development of future standard on energy management
The first meeting of ISO's new project committee PC 242 which is to develop an International Standard on energy management was held on 8-10 September in Washington, DC, USA. The future ISO 50001 will establish a framework for industrial plants, commercial facilities or entire organizations to manage energy. Targeting broad applicability across national economic sectors, the standard could influence up to 60% of the world's energy use...

Greening London's rooftops
The Environment Agency is launching a toolkit to help London's rooftops 'go green' and adapt the city to the challenges of climate change at the World Green Roof Congress, London. As climate change bites London will experience more extreme weather, with hotter, drier summers and warmer, wetter winters. This could bring increased flooding, overheating, and droughts...
Also see:
-- "Bramley polluter fined over £17,000"
-- "Groundwork company fined for polluting stream"
-- "Environment Agency locates source of industrial pollution in Kent"
-- "Pollution prevention boom to be tested on Thames"

ICLEI Africa releases support materials
ICLEI's Africa Secretariat has launched a set of information and guidance materials entitled 'Local Government and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)', marking the end of the European Commission funded LoGo Water project. The materials can be downloaded in English, French and Portuguese from the LoGo Water website.

The global warming potential of wheat
In a recent paper published in CIWEM's Water and the Environment Journal (WEJ), a life cycle assessment took place on one ton of wheat transported to a port in south-western Australia, including emissions from pre-farm, on-farm and post-farm stages...
Also see:
-- "CIWEM welcomes new presidential team"
-- "The impacts of flooding"

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New publication offers guide to public participation according to EC Water Framework Directive
2008 International Water Conference key emphasis on oil & gas
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Shortlists for environmental awards announced
Vacancies available with Mekong River Commission
Longcliffe, VitalEarth to provide scholarships at Harper Adams

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