WaterBriefs: Patterson to supply pumps for New Orleans flood control

Also in this report: Goldman Sachs Center for Environmental Markets awards first research grants; SpectraSensors seeks petrochemical measurement solutions; GenTek agrees to sell Noma Wire & Cable Assembly Business; Aquacell Water buys McPhee Environmental; ITT Flowtronex assists energy, water efficiency at S. Calif. golf courses; WCI Steel, EPA reach agreement on RCRA case; M2M Data Corp., TransData develop technology alliance; EPRI names Bryan Hannegan as environment vice president...

In other news below:
-- Goldman Sachs Center for Environmental Markets awards first research grants
-- SpectraSensors seeks measurement solutions for petrochemical industries
-- GenTek Inc. agrees to sell its Noma Wire & Cable Assembly Business
-- Aquacell Water to acquire McPhee Environmental
-- ITT Flowtronex assists energy, water efficiency effort for S. Calif. golf courses
-- WCI Steel Inc., EPA reach agreement on RCRA case
-- M2M Data Corp., TransData develop technology alliance
-- EPRI names Bryan Hannegan as environment vice president

Gorman-Rupp subsidiary receives order for New Orleans flood control pumps -- MANSFIELD, OH, Dec. 27, 2006 -- The Gorman-Rupp Company reports that its subsidiary Patterson Pump has received an order for $15 million for pumps to be used in New Orleans, LA, flood control. The eight pumps ordered have a capacity of 135,000 gallons per minute each and will be installed at the London Avenue Pumping Station in conjunction with a Corps of Engineer project. It is anticipated that all of the pumps will be shipped and revenue received by mid-year 2007. The Gorman-Rupp Company designs, manufactures and sells pumps and related equipment (pumps and motor controls) for use in water, wastewater, construction, industrial, petroleum, original equipment, agriculture, fire protection, heating ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), military and other liquid handling applications...
Also see: "Patterson Manufactures Massive Pumps for Levee Protection"

Goldman Sachs Center for Environmental Markets awards first research grants -- NEW YORK, Dec. 27, 2006 -- The Goldman Sachs Center for Environmental Markets, established in November 2005 to examine market-based solutions to environmental challenges, has awarded its first research grants to: Resources for the Future, World Resources Institute and Woods Hole Research Center. The three grants, totaling more than $2.3 million, will fund programs focused on finding market-based solutions to climate change, including examining policy options for lawmakers, market opportunities for environmental technologies, and valuation of fragile ecosystems...

SpectraSensors seeks measurement solutions for petrochemical industries -- Charlie Smith will head new Applications Engineering Group -- RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA, Dec. 27, 2006 -- Due to the nature of the petrochemical industry and the multiple solutions that tunable diode laser moisture analyzer technology provides, SpectraSensors Inc. has established an Applications Engineering Group to suit the needs of customers seeking specific types of measurements. This department will be lead by Charlie Smith, PhD, who has joined SpectraSensors as director of Applications Engineering...

GenTek Inc. agrees to sell its Noma Wire & Cable Assembly Business -- PARSIPPANY, NJ, Dec. 22, 2006 -- GenTek Inc. announced today that it has executed a purchase agreement to sell its Noma Wire and Cable Assembly Business to Electrical Components International Holdings Company of St. Louis, MO. This transaction includes all of the current Noma Wire Harness facilities in Mexico, Canada, India and the United States, with the exception of Concord, Canada and Nogales, Mexico, which GenTek will be selling in separate transactions. The transaction does not include the Noma CableTech business located in Mineral Wells, TX. The purchase price of the transaction is $75 million cash, plus a working capital adjustment. The transaction is expected to close by the end of January 2007...

Aquacell Water to acquire McPhee Environmental -- RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA -- Dec. 20, 2006 -- Aquacell Water announced today that it has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire McPhee Environmental. McPhee is a diversified company focused on water and wastewater treatment and remediation for municipalities and businesses throughout the Southwest United States. McPhee is the first in a contemplated series of acquisitions by Aquacell to consolidate water treatment and remediation companies. Combined with Aquacell's presence in the Southwest and McPhee's product offering, Aquacell Water is poised to be a leader in water treatment and remediation in the Southwest. McPhee provides system engineering, permitting submission, system fabrication, system installation and startup and personnel training. Most recently, it has been developing and installing systems for the removal of arsenic in water provided for drinking in the Southwest. It also offers products that remove perchlorate, MTBE, nitrate and other water contaminants...

ITT Flowtronex assists energy, water efficiency effort for S. Calif. golf courses -- SoCal energy initiative encourages system upgrades that could yield 30% energy savings -- DALLAS, TX, Dec. 20, 2006 -- A three-year pilot project now underway in Southern California hopes to show that by upgrading irrigation systems, golf facility operators can reduce operating costs by using less energy and water. Southern California Edison (SCE) calls the pilot program "Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program for Golf Course Customers," and it's intended to encourage operators to upgrade and replace old irrigation equipment with more energy-efficient technology. The utility company is offering these customers cash rebates based on the energy savings achieved. In some cases, the rebates are enough to amortize the cost of the upgrades within three years...

WCI Steel Inc., EPA reach agreement on RCRA case -- WARREN, OH, Dec. 18, 2006 -- WCI Steel Inc. announced today that the company has reached agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to minimize potential risks to migratory birds and other wildlife that may enter containment areas located within its 1,100-acre plant site. The agreement is included in a federal consent decree between WCI Steel and the EPA officially filed in U.S. District Court today, resolving the federal government's claims that had been initiated against WCI Steel's predecessor company in 2002 relating to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. WCI President and CEO Patrick G. Tatom said the consent decree demonstrates WCI Steel's commitment to meeting environmental protection standards. WCI Steel expects upfront compliance costs under the consent decree to total approximately $1.7 million, which includes a 620,000 settlement payment. The settlement primarily reflects liabilities assumed by WCI Steel when it acquired the assets of the predecessor company May 1. With the settlement, WCI Steel can remove air cannons installed in 2002 to address the EPA's original order to deter migratory birds, such as Canadian geese, and other wildlife. The installation of the cannons was among the numerous actions taken by WCI's predecessor company to eliminate the EPA's concerns, Tatom said, adding that just four of the 11 areas originally targeted by the EPA remained when old WCI's assets were acquired...

M2M Data Corp., TransData develop technology alliance -- TransData's Energy meters interface with M2M Data Corp. iSCADA service for automated remote energy meter reading -- DENVER, CO, Dec. 11, 2006 -- M2M Data Corp., an Internet-based Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) leader, and TransData, a leading supplier of solid-state energy meters, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and wireless data telemetry solutions, have entered into a technology alliance under which the two companies will combine respective technologies to provide a comprehensive offering for customers seeking an enterprise-wide energy metering solution. With this new alliance, created under the auspices of M2M Data Corp's M2M Enabled™ program, TransData and M2M Data Corp will provide integrated remote energy metering solutions for customers by combining the physical interfaces to their remote fixed assets connection via TransData's MARK-V StarBurst meter with the iSCADA® web-based monitoring and data management portal. This combined hardware and software solution provides customers a more seamless and complete remote monitoring and M2M communications offering that lower costs by simplifying integration and reducing ongoing cost-of-ownership and maintenance...

EPRI names Bryan Hannegan as environment vice president -- PALO ALTO, CA, Dec. 7, 2006 -- The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) today announced the appointment of Bryan Hannegan as Vice President for Environment Research and Development (R&D) effective Jan. 1. Hannegan joined EPRI in September and served as the Managing Director for Environment R&D. Prior to his arrival at EPRI, Hannegan served in dual capacity as the Chief of Staff at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), and as an acting Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. Before his tenure with the Bush Administration, Hannegan served as Staff Scientist to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, where he handled energy efficiency, renewable energy, alternative fuels, and environmental aspects of energy production and use. In his new role at EPRI, Hannegan will oversee the Institute's environmental research and development which includes air, land, and groundwater quality programs. He will report to Mike Howard, Senior Vice President of EPRI's R&D programs...

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