WaterBriefs: Veolia Water N.A. names new president, CEO

Also in this report: Racine Federated gains new product line from J-TEC; Phoenix water installs PureTech wide-area video security system; ASQ seeks utility experts to create global social responsibility standard; U.S. Secretary of Commerce meets with Bentley CEO, Philadelphia business leaders; Emerson to digitally automate Peru's largest copper mining company; Mass. proposes clean-up standards for perchlorate...

Among other recent headlines:
-- Racine Federated gains new product line from J-TEC
-- Phoenix water installs PureTech wide-area video security system
-- ASQ seeks utility experts to create global social responsibility standard
-- U.S. Secretary of Commerce meets with Bentley CEO, Philadelphia business leaders
-- Emerson to digitally automate Peru's largest copper mining company
-- Mass. proposes clean-up standards for perchlorate

Veolia Water N.A. names new president, CEO
HOUSTON, March 16, 2006 (Business Wire) -- Veolia Water North America, the leading provider of water and wastewater services for municipalities and industries in the country, has named Joseph Burgess president and CEO. Burgess will report directly to Patrice Fonlladosa, executive chairman and president, Veolia Water America, and executive vice president and member of the executive committee for Veolia Water, the global leader in water and wastewater services.

Additionally, Veolia Water America President Mike Stark, who oversaw all activities for Veolia Water North America as president of the holding company, has officially announced his retirement. Stark leaves as one of the original founders of the U.S. water and wastewater services industry. During his eight-year tenure at the company, Stark created, managed and grew several successful water services businesses and helped lead the company to its current leadership role in the industry. He also was instrumental in establishing the Water Partnership Council, the water industry's advocate for public-private partnerships. Now, as non-executive director of Veolia Water America, he will focus on industry initiatives and special assignments.

Burgess joined the company in 2002 as the vice president and general manager for the northeast business center and was promoted to head the operating services business in 2003. Having joined Veolia Water North America with significant experience in the waste-to-energy industry and from a competing water treatment company where he served as executive vice president for systems operations, Burgess offers Veolia Water a strong background in strategic planning, operations management and customer service. As one of the founding members of the Water Partnership Council, he is committed to helping communities and companies meet their water and wastewater needs in the safest, most environmentally sound and cost-effective manner.

"Veolia Water's business platform is stronger than ever," says Burgess. "Our plans and strategies are intelligent and focused, and I'm proud to have the opportunity to lead Veolia Water North America to even greater heights."

Philippe Laval has been named the company's new chief operating officer and will be responsible for all operating businesses, technical services, environmental, health and safety, and business development functions. Laval brings more than 18 years of experience to Veolia Water North America. He came to the United States from Australia last year, having served as the managing director of United Water International, a Veolia Water venture, which provides water and wastewater services to 1.6 million customers in Australia and New Zealand.

Veolia Water North America is a leading provider of comprehensive water and wastewater services to municipal and industrial customers, providing services to more than 15 million people in approximately 600 communities. The company is part of Veolia Water, the No. 1 water company in the world, serving more than 110 million customers. Veolia Water is the water division of Veolia Environnement, the largest environmental services company in the world, with more than 252,000 employees in more than 80 countries and annual revenues of more than $33.6 billion. Visit www.veoliawaterna.com or www.veoliawater.com.

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-- "Metropolitan General Manager Refines Leadership Structure, Executive Team: Kightlinger Names Debra C. Man, Roger K. Patterson as Assistant General Managers "
-- "Former USDA Plant Pathologist Randy J. McLaughlin, Ph.D., Joins Novazone: Industry Veteran Brings 25 Years of Post-Harvest Experience to Leading Food and Water Ozone Solution Provider"

Among other recent headlines:

Racine Federated gains new product line from J-TEC -- RACINE, WI, March 16, 2006 -- Racine Federated of Racine, WI, and J-TEC Associates of Cedar Rapids, IA, announce the acquisition of the J-TEC industrial vortex flow meter product line by Racine Federated. John E. Erskine Jr., Racine Federated president and CEO, and Gary Roling, J-TEC Associates president and CEO, announced the agreement. Terms for the acquisition weren't disclosed. Racine Federated brands include: Blancett, Dynasonics, Flo-tech, Hedland, Preso, and Wyco...

Phoenix water installs wide-area video surveillance solution -- PHOENIX, AZ, March 16, 2006 -- PureTech Systems Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Pure Technologies Ltd. and a manufacturer of wide-area video surveillance solutions, yesterday announced that it has integrated its PureActiv Solution with the Andover Continuum™ access control system from TAC, a world leader in building automation, security systems and energy solutions. The system's designer chose the best technology from these two companies to heighten security measures at water treatment and storage facilities throughout the city of Phoenix...
Also see:
-- "PureTech Systems announces creation of advisory board"
-- "GSA contract awarded to PureTech Systems' surveillance solution"

ASQ seeks utility experts to create global social responsibility standard -- MILWAUKEE, March 16, 2006 -- In the wake of recent and ongoing corporate scandals, environmental disasters, child labor violations, and dangerous work environments, the American Society for Quality, the world's leading authority on quality and an expert in standards development, yesterday invited utility experts to join a new team, the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on social responsibility. This team, consisting of experts from a variety of organizations from the public and private sectors, will help create a voluntary standard which will provide guiding principles and direction for those companies that recognize the strong connection between results and responsibility. It's a standard that's much needed, according to a new ASQ poll of Fortune 500 companies...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce meets with Bentley CEO, Philadelphia business leaders -- EXTON, PA, March 16, 2006 -- Greg Bentley, CEO of Bentley Systems Inc., and other business leaders in Greater Philadelphia met with U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez at Bentley's headquarters last week to discuss innovation and competitiveness in America. The secretary also heard remarks by Mr. Bentley promoting America's supply chain of innovation, and a presentation by the second-place winners of the National Engineers Week Future City Competition for young innovators...
Also see: "Bentley Connects MicroStation to Google Earth Service: For first time, users can view and navigate 2D/3D models of infrastructure projects in Google Earth Environment"

Emerson to digitally automate Peru's largest copper mining company -- PlantWeb digital plant architecture will enable migration of existing assets and expansion to leading technology -- AUSTIN, TX, March 16 -- Emerson Process Management announced Feb. 28 that Southern Peru Copper Corp. (SPCC) has selected PlantWeb® digital plant architecture with FOUNDATION fieldbus technology for digital automation of its Ilo Smelter, Peru facility. In 2004, SPCC launched a project to modernize its Ilo facility smelting capacity to 1.2 million tons/year, reduce SO2 emissions, reduce copper production costs, and increase H2SO4 production for feedstock in another SPCC facility and to export. SPCC completed the FEED (Front End Engineering & Design) portion of the project in 2004. During 2005, process and control system upgrades were implemented, with commissioning scheduled to begin in early 2006...
Also see:
-- "Emerson to expand automation of North Sea's Broom offshore oil development"
-- "Suncor Energy selects Emerson to automate North American refineries, oil sands facilities"

Mass. proposes clean-up standards for harmful contaminant -- BOSTON, March 15, 2006 -- Massachusetts environmental officials yesterday proposed water cleanup standards for perchlorate, a potentially harmful chemical that has been found in drinking water sources at 10 sites in Massachusetts. Perchlorate, a rocket fuel ingredient, is used in road flares, fireworks and military munitions. The chemical has been found in dozens of states, and was first detected in Massachusetts in 2002 in the aquifer under the Massachusetts Military Reservation on Cape Cod. Perchlorate can interfere with the production of thyroid hormones, which are needed for pre- and postnatal growth and development. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's proposed standard would require responsible parties to clean up perchlorate contamination if the chemical is found in drinking water at a concentration of two parts per billion or more -- a level the agency said was based on a review of scientific data. The regulation also would require regular testing for perchlorate in all public water systems. The agency scheduled six public hearings on the proposed standards from April 10 through April 27 at locations statewide...
Also see: Proposed perchlorate regulations by Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

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