WaterBriefs: National lab research offers 'green' technology for perchlorate removal

Also in this report: Pepperl+Fuchs buys Cooper unit; MWEA honors Severn Trent managers; Monterey Aquarium gains with Hach; Wilo EMU to build new U.S. plant; Parsons to design Tulare wastewater plant; Foster Wheeler supplies Brazil refinery boilers; Siemens helps Ill. town build treatment plant; IDEXX ISO 9001:2000 certification grows; Cummins generator meets emissions test; PCSF Board welcomes new members; TWDB projects top 150, $750 million; Parker Hannifin, Applied Industrial expand roles...

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-- Pepperl+Fuchs acquires Intrinsic Safety Instrumentation business from Cooper
-- Two Severn Trent Services managers honored by MWEA
-- Monterey Aquarium gets handle spot DO, pH measurements courtesy of Hach
-- Supreme Court wetlands decision buys time, not certainty, for federal law
-- U.S. Senate leaders offer 'compromise' on offshore drilling
-- Wilo EMU breaks ground on new North American facility
-- Parsons to design Tulare wastewater treatment plant
-- Foster Wheeler to supply two boiler islands for Brazilian alumina refinery
-- Siemens helps U.S. war veteran community build new water treatment plant
-- Dow completes acquisition of China's Zhejiang Omex Environmental
-- IDEXX Laboratories receives ISO 9001:2000 certification
-- Cummins generator set certified to meet EPA emissions regulations
-- PCSF Governing Board welcomes new members
-- TWDB oversight projects exceed 150 and $750 million
-- International Code Council teams up to enhance building safety
-- Parker Hannifin expands distributor role of Applied Industrial Technologies

New research offers 'green' technology for perchlorate removal
Carbon nanotubes enlisted to reduce waste in cleanup of toxic chemicals -- RICHLAND, WA, July 21, 2006 -- Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have demonstrated a new, environmentally friendly process for treating water contaminated by perchlorate, a toxic chemical that has been found in drinking water in 35 states.

Perchlorate is used in rocket fuel, fireworks and defense manufacturing, and groundwater contaminated by the chemical is difficult to treat. High levels of perchlorate have been associated with thyroid disease, plus the possibility of cancer and other health problems. Contamination is especially widespread in California, where there are many U.S. military bases.

The conventional method for treating perchlorate-contaminated water employs an ion exchange resin. Regenerating the resin requires flushing with an acidic solution, which results in large quantities of secondary waste.

The PNNL method is an electrically controlled anion exchange process. "The technology is unique in that it uses an electric current to regenerate the resin and release the perchlorate without producing a lot of secondary waste." said PNNL's Yuehe Lin, lead scientist for the research, adding that the process is "green" because it produces so little waste.

The technology is available for licensing and joint research opportunities through Battelle, which operates PNNL for the Department of Energy and facilitates the transfer of lab-created technologies to the marketplace.

To create the new process, Lin and his colleagues induced a positive charge to an electrically conducting polymer, such as a polypyrrole, that selectively attracts the negatively charged perchlorate ions. Application of an electric current releases the trapped perchlorate ions for disposal. Now neutral, the polymer can be reverted to a positively charged surface and re-used.

The scientists increased the amount of perchlorate that can be captured by depositing the polymer as a polypyrrole thin film on a matrix of carbon nanotubes, creating a porous conductive nanocomposite.

"The high surface area of the carbon nanotubes provides an ideal matrix for the polymer," Lin said, noting that the polymer is electrodeposited on the carbon nanotubes through in situ polymerization.

The porous surface created by the carbon nanotubes also gives the technology a longer life cycle because the polymer is more stable on the nanotube matrix than it would be on a flat, conducting substrate.

The electrically controlled anion exchange technology can be used to remove other contaminants, such as cesium and chromium. A radioactive material common to nuclear waste sites, cesium could be used by terrorists to build dirty bombs or contaminate drinking water. Chromate is a toxic form of chromium that is readily absorbed by the body.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (www.pnl.gov) is a DOE Office of Science laboratory that solves complex problems in energy, national security, the environment and life sciences by advancing the understanding of physics, chemistry, biology and computation. PNNL employs 4,200 staff, has an annual budget of more than $725 million, and has been managed by Ohio-based Battelle since the lab's inception in 1965.


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Pepperl+Fuchs acquires Intrinsic Safety Instrumentation business from Cooper -- TWINSBURG, OH, July 21, 2006 -- On July 7, Pepperl+Fuchs acquired the Intrinsic Safety Instrumentation (ISB) business from Cooper Crouse-Hinds, a division of Cooper Industries. ISB is located in Buehl, Germany. Both parties agreed not to disclose the purchase price. Cooper Industries is a US$5 billion company with headquarters in Houston, TX, dealing with electrical products and tools, among others. The ISB activity was originally a business unit of CEAG, a company Cooper acquired in 1995. CEAG had set up the ISB business by migrating the companies Digitable and Apparatebau Hundsbach, and their own activities at the facility in Buehl, Germany...

Two Severn Trent Services managers honored by MWEA -- FORT WASHINGTON, PA, July 21, 2006 -- Two Severn Trent Services project managers recently received awards from the Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA). Dale Hill received the Loren F. Oeming Award for outstanding operation of an industrial facility and Jerry Seay received the Donald M. Pierce Award for outstanding municipal plant operation...

Aquarium gets handle on handhelds for spot DO, pH measurements courtesy of Hach -- LOVELAND, CO, July 21, 2006 -- Although continuous, online monitoring and control of water quality parameters is essential at Monterey Bay Aquarium, scheduled spot measurements with handheld instruments also play a vital role in protecting the multitude of marine life exhibited there. New portable instrumentation from Hach is providing accurate, repeatable measurements, preprogrammed methods for multiple analysis as well as expanded data storage capabilities...

Supreme Court decision a warning on wetlands: Rapanos case buys time, not certainty, for federal law -- Michigan Land Use Institute e-newsletter revisits last month's U.S. Supreme Court decision about wetlands protection -- ANN ARBOR, MI, July 21, 2006 -- Last month Midland developer John A. Rapanos waited on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court for a decision he hoped would prove the shopping center he tried to build two decades ago near Midland was legal. Standing nearby were several environmental attorneys just as intent on knowing whether the Clean Water Act's protections for wetlands would survive its latest challenge by the American property rights movement and two newly seated conservative justices. But, despite contrary claims by both sides, the court's ruling on June 19 ended up pleasing no one, including Rapanos. In a case that tested the federal government's authority to regulate wetlands, the nine justices essentially said they weren't ready to decide. Instead, the unusual 4-1-4 decision directed the case back to the lower courts for what's likely to mean more years of legal motions and hearings....

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