WaterBriefs: Poll - 75% of U.S. adults agree environmental standards can't be too high

Also in this report: Falcon names new president/CEO; Chemilizer injectors aid hurricane relief efforts; Steel tanks, structures sought for awards; Earth Tech appoints NE, SE managers; U.S., Ill. reach agreement with ExxonMobil on Joliet refinery; Textron gives ENSR initial remediation award; Watts Water appoints retail division president; Bio-Cide Int'l wins chlorine dioxide delivery patent; USAID adds $10.9M to Pakistan disaster response team; Trussco starts work on Gulf hurricane oil spills...

In other news below:
-- Falcon announces new president/CEO and advisory board chairman
-- Chemilizer injectors aid hurricane relief efforts
-- Steel tank and structures sought for award entries
-- Earth Tech appoints new district managers in Northeast, Southeast
-- Low-risk, high-reward solutions for CSO problems
-- U.S., Illinois reach agreement with ExxonMobil for violations at Joliet refinery
-- Textron honors ENSR with inaugural environmental remediation award
-- Watts Water Technologies appoints president of retail division
-- New chlorine dioxide delivery system patent awarded to Bio-Cide International
-- Green Municipal Fund to make new Brownfield remediation funding available
-- Canada announces $6.7M in funding for sustainable development research
-- Human, animal health focus of international water meeting held in Alberta
-- USAID adds $10.9M for Pakistan disaster response team effort
-- Trussco starts work on Gulf Coast oil spills following hurricanes
-- Jacobs expands to Appleton, Wis., in support of Kimberly-Clark

Three-quarters of U.S. adults agree environmental standards can't be too high
ROCHESTER, NY, Oct. 13, 2005 (PRNewswire) -- Three in four U.S. adults (74%) agree that "protecting the environment is so important that requirements and standards cannot be too high, and continuing environmental improvements must be made regardless of cost." In addition, a plurality of adults (47%) agree that "there is too little government regulation and involvement in the area of environmental protection." And 52% targeted water pollution as the No. 1 priority. These attitudes are significantly more pro-environment than in 2000, the last time Harris Interactive examined these issues...
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Falcon announces new president/CEO and advisory board chairman
GRAND RAPIDS, MI, Oct. 13, 2005 -- Falcon Waterfree Technologies LLC today named James Krug as president and chief executive officer for global operations, and Ron Gastelum as chairman of the company advisory board. Krug heads the international division and previously worked for Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Corp. for over 20 years...
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Chemilizer injectors aid hurricane relief efforts
LARGO, FL, Oct. 13, 2005 -- Chemilizer's HN55 injector is playing an important role in helping generate drinkable water for those in rural areas of Louisiana and Mississippi who have been disconnected from normal community sources by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. According to Dick Jarvis, a volunteer from The Florida Baptist Conference organization, while urban water sources are returning to normal from the devastation of the two hurricanes, those living in many remote areas are receiving purified water by means of a unique, portable water purifying system. Each of the portable units consists of micron filtration, media filtration, ultraviolet purification and chlorine purification...
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Steel tank and structures sought for award entries
CHICAGO, Oct. 12, 2005 -- Entries are now being accepted for the revised Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel Awards (IDEAS2). All entries are due Dec. 15, 2005. Sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), this program recognizes those projects where structural steel has been utilized in an innovative manner and recognizes the entire building team: architectural firm, structural engineering firm of record, general contractor, detailer, fabricator, erector as well as the project owner...
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Earth Tech appoints new district managers in Northeast, Southeast
LONG BEACH, CA, Oct. 12, 2005 -- Earth Tech Inc., a business unit of Tyco International Ltd, and a global provider of consulting, engineering and construction services, has appointed Frank Gorry, P.E., and Lou Tortora, P.E., district managers for its Southeast and Northeast districts. Gorry will oversee management of 10 offices from Kentucky to Florida, while Tortora will manage nine offices from New England to Pennsylvania...
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Low-risk, high-reward solutions for CSO problems
DEARBORN, MI, Oct. 12, 2005 -- The city of Dearborn, Michigan has revised its plan for a combined sewer overflow (CSO) control project, a move that the Dearborn Times-Herald reported will save the city $120 million over original cost estimates. The new plan employs an innovative, compact, and patented vertical treatment shaft process using the CDS Technologies Raked Bar Screen (see Figure1) in a fully auto-mated design that lowers both capital and O&M costs by incorporating proven principles and techniques in a unique and effective manner. The project has bid under budget and construction will start soon.
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Among other recent headlines:
U.S., Illinois reach agreement with ExxonMobil for violations at Joliet refinery -- CHICAGO, Oct. 13, 2005 -- Agreements between the federal government, three states including Illinois, and ExxonMobil filed Oct. 11 in U.S. District Courts in Chicago and Lafayette, La., resolve environmental violations at seven of the company's refineries in five states, including its Joliet, Ill., facility. The company has agreed to spend an estimated $180 million on environmental improvements at its Joliet refinery and $2.2 million on supplemental environmental projects in Illinois...

Textron honors ENSR with inaugural 2005 Environmental Remediation Partner in Excellence Award -- ENSR cited for innovative surface water treatment and protection plan, regulatory negotiations and cost savings -- RALEIGH, NC, & WESTFORD, MA, Oct. 13, 2005 -- Textron Inc. announced that ENSR International received its 2005 Environmental Remediation Partner in Excellence Award for an environmental remediation project at a former manufacturing site in South Carolina. Textron's inaugural award recognizes the environmental consultant that best demonstrates environmental innovation, excellence and continuous improvement on a Textron project. ENSR's work involved environmental remediation, surface water cleanup and protection strategies at a former manufacturing facility...

Watts Water Technologies appoints president of retail division -- NORTH ANDOVER, MA, Oct. 13, 2005 -- Watts Water Technologies Inc. announced the appointment of Lynn A. McVay as president of the Retail Division. Mr. McVay had previously served as executive vice president of wholesale sales since March 2003. He has over 15 years of sales and marketing experience in the retail and wholesale plumbing channels, including six years of experience as the vice president of sales and marketing for Little Giant Pump Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tecumseh Products Co., prior to his joining Watts Water Technologies. Ernest E. Elliott, executive vice president of wholesale marketing, will assume McVay's responsibilities in the wholesale division...

New chlorine dioxide delivery system patent awarded to Bio-Cide International Inc. -- NORMAN, OK, Oct. 13, 2005 -- Bio-Cide International has been awarded a new patent (Pat. No. 6,921,001) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for a novel hydraulic proportioning system. This patented equipment generates an adjustable amount of Bio-Cide International proprietary chlorine dioxide or acidified sodium chlorite (ASC) product that is injected into a variable water stream. The On-Line Activation System, OLAS™, is water- powered and can be installed in applications ranging from animal health and medical facilities to food processing plants and airline drinking water for controlling spoilage and disease-causing organisms...

The Green Municipal Fund moves quickly to make new Brownfield remediation funding available to municipal governments -- OTTAWA, Oct. 13, 2005 -- FCM president Michael Coleman, the mayor of Duncan, B.C., and John Godfrey, Minister of State for Infrastructure and Communities, joined to celebrate the launch of the first Green Municipal Fund (GMF) Brownfield Request for Proposal (RFP) -- a direct result of the $300-million in new funding for the GMF contained in the 2005 federal budget, half of which is for brownfield redevelopment...

Canada announces $6.7 million in funding for sustainable development research -- WINNIPEG, Canada, Oct. 13, 2005 -- Federal government contributions to sustainable development research totaling $6.7 million were announced today by Reg Alcock, president of the Treasury Board, on behalf of Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation, and Stephane Dion, Minister of the Environment. This is yet another initiative under the Government of Canada's Project Green, the broad environmental vision that links Canada's economic competitiveness and prosperity to a sustainable future...

Human and animal health focus of international water meeting held in Alberta -- EDMONTON, Canada, Oct. 13, 2005 -- Did you know? New subdivisions in Calgary are now built with holding ponds for storm water runoff so that pesticides, herbicides, antifreeze, dog feces, other chemicals and waste in yards and lawns do not go directly into the Calgary water supply. Both urban and rural issues are being tackled by water researchers at the
Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Water Research who took part in a recent International Water Association conference held in Alberta...

USAID adds to disaster response team in Pakistan -- Agency has committed over $10.9 million for earthquake relief -- WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 12, 2005 -- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that eight more members of a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) have arrived in Pakistan to assist in relief efforts for the earthquake that struck South Asia on Oct. 8, 2005. The DART team leader arrived on Oct. 10, and was joined by eight other team members in Islamabad to assess humanitarian needs, assist with targeting and coordination of U.S. assistance, and provide technical assistance as needed...

OMNI commences work on Superdome; Environmental unit hired to assist in oil spills -- CARENCRO, LA, Oct. 12, 2005 -- Work crews from Trussco Inc., environmental unit of OMNI Energy Services Corp., have completed work on the New Orleans Arena and should commence work on the New Orleans Superdome over the next few days. The company said additional environmental cleaning contracts in the Greater New Orleans area are currently being negotiated. Trussco has been retained by various oil and gas companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico to assist in the environmental cleaning necessitated as a result of oil spills caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita...

Jacobs expands to Appleton, Wis., in extension of support to Kimberly-Clark -- PASADENA, CA, Oct. 12, 2005 -- Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. is opening a new office in Appleton, Wis., to support its expanding relationship with Kimberly-Clark. The new Jacobs office is providing engineering design and project activities to Kimberly-Clark's merged Baby Care and Child Care Product & Technology Development units. The move allows Kimberly-Clark to eliminate redundancies, reduce costs, and create a more efficient organization. Jacobs will offer employment to many of the Kimberly-Clark employees affected by Kimberly-Clark's recently announced reorganization...

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In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: Reno awards Insituform city's largest sewer rehabilitation contract ever" -- Also in this report (Oct.12, 2005): Thermax' Sabzali assembles team to boost U.S. market share; Centennial edition of Standard Methods for water, wastewater published; NSF secures handheld water purifier contract with U.S. Air Force; Latest Aqua America purchase in North Carolina makes nine for quarter; GE Water teams up to improve literacy in Philly elementary schools; Megola makes petrochemical industry sale in Alberta, Canada; Pronto Networks launches UniFi Digital Communities Grid; Roscoe Moss Co. joins StormwaterAuthority.org; Rotork switchboxes specified for new Singapore wastewater plant...

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