Industry Training

DWWM Industry Training 2020

EPA Compliance Advisories

  • Clean Water Agencies Increasing Attention to Significant Non-Compliance Dischargers

    This NCI is intended to ensure that all NPDES permittees—not just industrial contributors—are complying with their permits. NPDES permittees, regardless of facility size or type, will see an increase by EPA and its state and tribal partners in identifying and addressing SNC violations using enforcement and other compliance tools. This NCI aims to cut significant non-compliance in half and to ensure that the most serious SNC violations are timely and appropriately addressed. Increased compliance will improve surface water quality and reduce potential impacts on drinking water.


EPA Technical Assistance Webinar Series

Overview

EPA's Office of Compliance invites you to a free monthly webinar series focused on improving CWA-NPDES permit compliance at Small Wastewater Treatment Systems. This webinar series supports the joint EPA and Authorized State Significant Noncompliance (SNC) Rate Reduction National Compliance Initiative (NCI), which is aimed at improving surface water quality and reducing potential impacts on drinking water by assuring that all Clean Water Act (CWA) – National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NDPES) permittees are complying with their wastewater discharge permits. The most common dischargers in significant noncompliance are wastewater treatment systems discharging less than one million gallons per day.

All registered attendees receive a follow-up email from GoToWebinar 24 hours after the conclusion of the webinar including a link to download a certificate of attendance. Attendees may check with their relevant state certification authority for eligibility of continuing education credits. Please note that Certificates of Completion are NOT issued for viewing past recorded webinars.

Resources

For additional webinar info, contact Laura Paradise or Peter Bahor within the EPA's Office of Compliance.


Upcoming and Recent Webinars

Optimizing Nutrient Removal in Oxidation Ditches

The speaker will share case studies on oxidation ditch wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) that are operated differently than designed to achieve notable reductions in effluent nitrogen and phosphorus, and explain how listeners might modify day-to-day operations at their oxidation ditch WWTPs to realize similar improvements. Among the case studies will be oxidation ditch facilities in Chinook, Montana; Great Bend, Kansas; and Cookeville, Tennessee. Participants will be encouraged to comment and ask questions throughout the webinar. The case studies will be preceded by a brief overview of biological nitrogen removal and biological phosphorus removal science and technology.

 

Date: January 27, 2022 1:00-2:30pm EST
Duration: 90 Minutes
Presenter: Grant Weaver, PE, President Grant Tech, Inc


Optimizing Nutrient Removal in Sequencing Batch Reactors

In this 90-minute webinar, the speaker will share case studies: sequencing batch reactor (SBR) wastewater treatment plants that are operated differently than designed to achieve notable reductions in effluent nitrogen and phosphorus. And explain how listeners might modify day-to-day operations at their SBR WWTPs to realize similar improvements. Among the case studies will be SBR facilities in East Haddam, Connecticut; Pratt, Kansas; and Osawatomie, Kansas. Participants will be encouraged to comment and ask questions throughout the webinar. The case studies will be preceded by a brief overview of biological nitrogen removal and biological phosphorus removal science and technology.

 

Date: February 17, 2022 1:00-2:30pm EST
Duration: 90 Minutes
Presenter: Grant Weaver, PE, President Grant Tech, Inc


Optimizing Nutrient Removal in Activated Sludge Wastewater Treatment Plants

In this 90-minute webinar, the speaker will share case studies: activated sludge wastewater treatment plants that are operated differently than designed to achieve notable reductions in effluent nitrogen and phosphorus. And explain how listeners might modify day-to-day operations at their activated sludge WWTPs to realize similar improvements. Among the case studies will be activated sludge facilities in Palmer, Massachusetts; Conrad, Montana; and Parsons, Kansas. Participants will be encouraged to comment and ask questions throughout the webinar. The case studies will be preceded by a brief overview of biological nitrogen removal and biological phosphorus removal science and technology.

 

Date: March 31, 2022 1:00-2:30pm EST
Duration: 90 Minutes
Presenter: Grant Weaver, PE, President Grant Tech, Inc


Transitioning from Permit Compliance to Wastewater Excellence

In this 90-minute webinar, the speaker will discuss low-cost opportunities for improving nutrient removal generally exist but often aren’t implemented for various reasons. Operators, utility managers, regulators and design engineers are invited to join the speaker in overcoming these barriers and exploring opportunities for optimizing nutrient removal in wastewater treatment plants.

Among the strategies for implementing operational solutions to be discussed are the following:

  1. embracing “wastewater excellence” as a management strategy as contrasted to traditional, conservative “permit compliance”
  2. exploring well-intended regulatory policies and procedures that discourage operators from making operational changes
  3. finding funds for “pennies on the dollar” operational improvements

A facilitated discussion of the opportunities and barriers to implementation will be led by the speaker. Participants will be encouraged to comment and ask questions throughout the webinar.

 

Date: April 28 2022 1:00-2:30pm EST
Duration: 90 Minutes
Presenter: Grant Weaver, PE, President Grant Tech, Inc

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