WaterBriefs: WWEMA elects new officers, presents Scully with key award

Also in this report: Appeals court invalidates trash TMDL for LA River, says coalition; Houston lawyer named to BECC-NADBank board; Denver to host StormCon in July; Fast growth expected for water technologies due to global shortage; Kinetico anticipates municipal challenges due to new arsenic rule; Steelworkers calls for accountability in EPA's PFOA program; Buckman Labs standardizes on WebFOCUS software for global integration; SecureWave announces Sanctuary support for Citrix Access Gateway...

In other news below:
-- Appeals court invalidates trash TMDL for LA River, announces coalition
-- Houston lawyer named to BECC-NADBank board
-- Denver to host StormCon '06 in July
-- Fast growth expected for water technologies due to global shortage
-- Kinetico anticipates municipal challenges due to new arsenic rule
-- Steelworkers calls for accountability in EPA's PFOA program
-- Buckman Labs standardizes on WebFOCUS software for global integration
-- SecureWave announces Sanctuary support for Citrix Access Gateway

WWEMA elects new officers, presents Scully with key award -- WASHINGTON, DC, Jan. 30, 2006 -- Larry Scully, founder and president of Scully Capital Services, of Washington, DC, was presented the coveted James C. Morriss Member Achievement Award at the at the Water & Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association's 97th Annual Meeting, during which the organization also elected new officers and directors for 2006. The announcement of this year's award recipient was made at the WWEMA Chairman's Awards Dinner on Saturday evening, Jan. 28, at the Lago Mar Resort & Club in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The organization will be led this year by Chuck Miller, vice president, of Smith & Loveless' Municipal Division...

Appeals court invalidates trash TMDL for LA River, announces Coalition for Practical Regulation -- 43 cities declare 'significant victory for taxpayers'' -- SAN DIEGO, Jan. 30, 2006 -- The 4th Appellate District Court has invalidated the Trash Total Daily Maximum Load, or TMDL, for the Los Angeles River based on evidence of significant adverse environmental impacts that were not considered by State and Regional Water Boards. The court cited the board's "failure to consider the evidence of the impacts of construction and maintenance of pollution control devices." It ordered the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Board to complete an environmental impact report on the controversial regulation. In 2001, that board reported compliance would cost area cities over $945 million for installing trash catching devices. Construction costs have escalated by more than 50% since then. Also in 2001, the board ordered cities to reduce the levels of trash in flood control channels and storm drains of the Los Angeles River to "zero" in 12 years. Twenty-two cities challenged the regulation, arguing in part that the "zero" order was unreasonable, and that the Board had not studied the environmental and economic impacts on governmental services...

President Bush names Jacob M. Monty to Border Environment Cooperation Commission-North American Development Bank Board of Directors -- HOUSTON, TX, Jan. 30, 2006 -- Jacob M. Monty, managing partner of Houston-based Monty Partners LLP, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) and North American Development Bank (NADBank) by President Bush. He'll be part of a 10-member bi-national board of directors that includes representatives of state governments, as well as federal agencies in United States and Mexico. The board is responsible for establishing institutional policies, approving BECC proposals for certification of projects, and approving water, wastewater and other environmental and development projects for financing by the NADB...

Denver to host StormCon '06 in July -- SANTA BARBARA, CA, Jan. 30, 2006 -- The nation's largest surface water quality conference and exposition will be presented July 24-27 by Forester Communications at the Adam's Mark hotel. The event will feature 216 presenters from 35 states and five countries -- making this the largest program ever -- who will address proven techniques for solving community, construction-site, and industrial stormwater pollution...

Water-Stocks.com - Fast growth for water treatment technologies due to global water shortage -- Clorox, Hendrx, ITT, and Siemens identify opportunities in point-of-use systems and wastewater treatment -- POINT ROBERTS, WA, Jan. 30, 2006-- www.Water-Stocks.com (WS), an investor and industry news portal for the water sector, provides an exclusive overview entitled "Fast Growth for Water Treatment Technologies." Rising water prices and water quality problems attract investors' attention to the water treatment technology sector. Perspectives into the efforts of companies that are capitalizing on the water market are revealed by Clorox, ITT, water purification company Hendrx, and Siemens. Industry experts, Neil D. Berlant, First Vice President and Managing Director for Water Group, The Seidler Companies and Steve Maxwell, Managing Director at TechKNOWLEDGEy Strategic Group, provide viewpoints on current and future opportunities in these developing markets...

New EPA standard for arsenic levels to challenge nation's municipal water systems - Kinetico -- NEWBURY, OH, Jan. 30, 2006 -- On Jan. 23, the EPA's new drinking water standard that's five times more stringent than the current regulation took effect. According to the new rule, allowable levels of arsenic in drinking water will be significantly reduced, from 50 to 10 ppb. Chosen more times than any other company by the EPA for its National Arsenic Treatment Demonstration Program, Kinetico's municipal drinking water technology is being used in 17 full-scale demonstration sites around the country...

United Steelworkers calls for real accountability in EPA's PFOA Program -- Specific regulations needed to ensure the safety of DuPont workers -- PITTSBURGH, Jan. 30, 2006 -- The United Steelworkers Union (USW) today strongly urged the EPA to create real accountability in its PFOA 2010/15 Stewardship Program by including regulations for specific and rigorous oversight than continuing to entrust stewardship to the company. The agency announced a program that asks DuPont and other companies to eliminate perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and its precursors from both industrial emissions and consumer items in a phase out to be completed in 2015. This program recognizes the risks associated with these persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemicals. However, as now proposed, the PFOA 2010/15 Stewardship Program allows companies like DuPont to conduct business as usual, with no real accountability, and no real consequences if the goals of reductions and eliminations are not met. DuPont's agreement to sign onto the program does not go far enough to ensure the health and safety of workers and residents around the company's plants who have already been exposed to high levels of PFOA, a potential carcinogen...

Buckman Labs standardizes on Information Builders' software for global integration -- NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2006 -- Information Builders, the enterprise business intelligence (BI) standard of choice for organizations around the world, announced that Buckman Laboratories -- a leading manufacturer of specialty chemicals for the pulp and paper, water treatment, and leather markets with annual sales of $429 million -- has selected WebFOCUS as its corporate standard for business intelligence and enterprise reporting. Buckman Labs chose WebFOCUS as its corporate standard because it meets the needs of a broad base of users at the strategic, tactical, and operational levels. The company also purchased iWay DataMigrator from Information Builders' sister company, iWay Software...

SecureWave announces Sanctuary support for Citrix Access Gateway -- SecureWave Sanctuary strengthens security of Citrix environments by automatically enforcing enhanced device control and application execution policies with minimal risk and disruption -- ORLANDO, FL, Jan. 30, 2006 -- SecureWave, a leader in policy enforcement for device and application use, today announced support for Citrix Access Gateway, a universal SSL/VPN appliance that provides secure, granular remote access to business application environments. SecureWave Sanctuary for Citrix Access Gateway integrates with Advanced Access Control to help organizations achieve lower total cost of ownership (TCO) by enforcing additional device control and application execution policies to prevent unwanted intrusions and malicious code from impacting desktops, laptops and servers. This increases system security and availability, and reduces overall support costs...

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In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: Severn Trent ballast water system first to undergo EPA validation testing" -- Also in this report (Jan. 27, 2006): Dresser ROOTS announces move to new location; Hydraulic Institute publishes landmark viscosity correction standard; Calif. DWR receives stakeholder support for Oroville relicensing; 16th Pump, Valve & Motor Symposium draws big players; Scottish Water to deliver investment challenge; Soft drinks set to resume growth in Brazil; Mueller Water Products to close Henry Pratt facility; Nestle Waters N.A. reaches agreement on water withdrawal at Mich. spring; Caldwell Tanks offers free water tank inspections to communities affected by Katrina; Penn. American Water acquires Winona Lakes Utilities; General Monitors unveils new website info; IACC conference delves into activated carbon secrets...

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