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                                            PARTICLE SEPARATION
                                            Wet electrostatic precipitation has
                                            advantages over other methods – 10




                                                                                                             SPOTLIGHT ON GROUNDWATER – 8



                                                                                                   Canadian company at forefront
                                           Constructed wetland solves
                                                                                                   of diesel engine emissions
                                           de-icing fluid dilemma – 6
                                                                                                   technology – 5
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                                                                                                  Environment given short
                                                                                                  shrift during election ‘08
                                                                                                  As this issue goes to press, the country
                                                                         October 2008             wakes up to another minority Conserva-
                                                                  Volume 20, Number 7             tive government. Much of what happens
                                                                                                  in the water, wastewater, and air quality
                                                                                                  industries is governed by legislation. This
                                                                                                  makes the choice of governments impor-

17                                                                                                tant, not only to those who work in those
                                                                                                  industries, but also to the people who
                                                                                                  benefit from the regulations, whether
                                                                                                  that is citizens given the protection of a     Andrew Topf, Editor
                                                                                                  clean water supply, or neighbours living
                                                                                                  close to a factory emitting pollution from smokestacks who want
                                                                                                  to know the air they breathe is clean.
                                                                                                      The issue of climate change has created a new dynamic on
                                                                                                  the environment, as new scientific data comes in documenting
                                                                                                  the effects of global warming. Just a few weeks ago hurricanes
                                                                                                  pounded the Gulf of Mexico, restricting oil production there, and
                                                                                                  the price of oil rocketed to record highs leading to calls for alter-
                                                                                                  natives to fossil fuels. The election was shaping up as a good
                                                                                                  opportunity to talk about climate change, particularly Canada’s
                                                                                                  contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions.
                                                                                                      Then along came the stock market crash, and the economy
                                                                                                  quickly eclipsed the environment as the hot topic. Clearly, the
                                 FEATURES                                                         majority of voters were unimpressed with complex tax shifting
                                                                                                  formulas and more concerned with bread and butter issues like

 5    Cleaner diesel engines
      Canadian company moving ahead with
                                                                 15                               protecting their jobs and savings. The fact the pro-environment
                                                                                                  Green Party did not manage to win one seat, despite increasing
                                                                                                  its popular vote, is a stark reminder of this fact.
      technology to reduce diesel engine emissions.
                                                                                                      During the campaign, all parties used the environment as a
 6    De-icing fluid dilemma                                                                       political football, rather than a serious issue, to score points with
      Constructed wetland at Edmonton International                                               voters. This was unfortunate, because an opportunity was lost
      Airport treats stormwater contaminated with                                                 to debate the instruments for dealing with climate change such
      aircraft de-icing fluid.                                                                     as carbon taxes, intensity-based targets, and cap-and-trade
                                                                                                  systems. For example, the Conservatives framed the Liberals’
 8    Mapping mines                                                                               Green Shift as a tax hike that would hurt the economy, even
      Satellite imagery takes water monitoring to the                                             though a letter signed by over 200 economists encouraged poli-
      next level.                                                                                 ticians to put a price on carbon dioxide. The NDP said it wouldn’t
                                                                                                  tax Canadians for GHG emissions, even though a cap-and-trade
 9    Getting the lead out
      EHC injection immobilized lead at former battery
      recycling facility in Brazil.
                                                                 17                               system which the party favours would also pass the costs of pol-
                                                                                                  lution onto consumers. And the Liberals claimed the Conserva-
                                                                                                  tives did little to protect the environment over the last two years,
10    Particulate removal                                                                         yet under the Chretien and Martin Liberal governments, green-
                                                                                                  house gas emissions rose significantly.
      New developments in wet ESP technology.
                                                                                                      When the environment will get back on the minds of politi-
11    Gas hogs                                                                                    cians is unanswerable, since the economy will most certainly
      RTO replacement yields natural                                                              take centre stage for the foreseeable future. The politically dicey
      gas savings.                                              DEPARTMENTS                       issue of climate change is not going to go away, however. While
                                                                                                  some provincial governments have already implemented meas-
13    Unwanted guests                                           3    Editorial                    ures to deal with it, and others are re-thinking theirs in light of
      Ballast water treatment system                            4    Industry News                the election results, the provinces would be advised to resist the
                                                               15    New Technologies             urge to go it alone and instead, should favour national emissions
      stamps out invasive species.
                                                               16    MarketPlace                  standards that would benefit the country as a whole.

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 RBC TO PURCHASE PAPER FROM SUSTAINABLE SOURCES
 In ongoing efforts to reduce its environmental footprint, RBC is selecting sus-     In August all of RBC’s Canadian operations began purchasing office
 tainably sourced paper throughout its operations in Canada, the United States     paper, including copy, print and fax paper, from Forest Stewardship Council
 and the United Kingdom.                                                           (FSC)-certified sources. In addition, Canadian client statement envelopes and
     “RBC’s environmental blueprint commits to the goal of ensuring all paper      all ATM envelopes will also come from FSC-certified stocks as of October 1.
 purchases are certified as coming from sustainably managed forests or              RBC operations in the United States will switch all office paper stocks
 containing recycled content,” Sandra Odendahl of RBC said in a news re-           available on the web-based procurement system to FSC-certified paper by
 lease. “The switch in Canada, the United States and the UK to certified sus-       September 30. RBC recognized Xerox Canada and Domtar Inc. for their
 tainably sourced paper advances RBC towards meeting this goal.”                   continued support of RBC’s commitment to sustainably sourced paper.

                                                                                                                October 2008 • Canadian Environmental Protection    3
❊ INDUSTRY NEWS                                                                                                                                   October 2008
                                                                                                                                              Volume 20, Number 7
                                             wide range of applications and industries     spection firms and municipal managers          A Baum Direct Response Publication
                                             including hazardous locations.                looking to compile, analyze, compare and
                                                 “This acquisition allows                  manage CCTV inspection data. The data-
                                             Pepperl+Fuchs to build upon our prod-         base in CTZoom’s leading-edge CTSpec
                                             uct portfolio of industrial monitors and      Sewer solution has been PACP-certified
                                             PCs for hazardous locations, infuse           by the U.S.-based National Association of     Published by Baum Publications Ltd.
                                             expert knowledge into the organization,       Sewer Services Companies (NASSCO).                201 – 2323 Boundary Road
                                             strengthen our position as a complete            While it has been working toward                Vancouver, B.C. V5M 4V8
                                             automation supplier, and create tremen-       PACP certification in the English-speak-              Tel: 604-291-9900
                                             dous synergies with our market-leading        ing markets in Canada and the United                  Fax: 604-291-1906
Altech Technology scrubber used              purge/pressurization systems,” said           States, CTZoom has also sat on the ad                 www.baumpub.com
to control creosote odour                    Pepperl+Fuchs COO Jim Bolin.                  hoc committee formed by the Centre for
Altech Technology Systems Inc. supplied                                                    Expertise and Research on Infrastructures                     Editor: Andrew Topf
three skid-mounted REITHER Venturi                                                         in Urban Areas (CERIU) to earn the right                      atopf@baumpub.com
Air Scrubber Systems for controlling         Direct Energy wins power                      to grant PACP certification in French on a
                                                                                                                                                 Associate Editor: Lee Toop
creosote vapour odours from railway          contract with City of Toronto                 Quebec-wide basis.
                                                                                                                                                    ltoop@baumpub.com
tie creosote treatment vessels for a ma-     The City of Toronto has engaged Direct           The PACP certification of CTSpec
jor railway tie company with 10 plants       Energy, one of North America’s largest        Sewer software comes on the heels of the        Editorial Director: Lawrence Buser
across the United States.                    energy companies, to be one of its key        company’s accreditation to train analysts             lbuser@baumpub.com
    Large volumes of creosote vapours are    retailers of power. This is the latest in a   and field operators in NASSCO proto-          Production Manager: Tina Anderson
released into the atmosphere when the        series of recent deals in which Direct En-    cols. CTZoom is the first manufacturing           production@baumpub.com
access doors of the treatment vessels are    ergy has been selected to provide Cana-       firm in Canada qualified to provide this       Circulation Manager: Robin McCabe
opened to inset and extract railway ties.    dian townships, municipalities and cities     type of training.                                   circulation@baumpub.com
Creosote, largely composed of naptha-        with energy solutions that help mitigate
                                                                                                                                           Webmaster: Ariel Savion-Lemieux
lene, the main ingredient in mothballs,      their energy price risk.
                                                                                                                                               ariel@baumpub.com
has a very low odour threshold limit            Direct Energy’s fixed price contracts      California passes
which can travel for long distances.         aid the city in managing the risk associ-     ‘green chemistry’ legislation                   Regional Manager: Tom Ferguson
    Altech’s engineering group designed a    ated with electricity price volatility, al-   California Governor Arnold                         tferguson@baumpub.com
scrubber control system that incorporated    lowing the city to gain greater control       Schwarzenegger has just signed into law             Regional Manager: Jack Ward
two induction fans, VFD, and an auto-        over power costs. This contract will allow    what may be one of the most ambitious                  jward@baumpub.com
mated venturi actuator operated through a    Toronto to help alleviate the budget cer-     pieces of environmental legislation in                 Associate Publisher/
PLC to handle the varying inlet air flows    tainty challenges that often affect cities,   the United States: the Green Chemistry             Sales Director: Bruce Barden
and maintain high removal efficiencies.      municipalities and communities through-       Initiative. The initiative will give the              bbarden@baumpub.com
    Based on the reduced creosote odour      out Canada.                                   state broad powers including the ability
                                                                                                                                                 Comptroller: Margaret Goh
levels at the plants where the scrubbers        Awarded the contract through a com-        to compel manufacturers selling products                mgoh@baumpub.com
have been installed, the company is ask-     petitive bidding process, Direct Energy       in California to reduce or eliminate toxic
ing Altech to supply all 10 railway tie      entered into an agreement to provide          substances in their goods, and to publicly         Publisher: Engelbert J. Baum
                                                                                                                                                 ebaum@baumpub.com
creosote treatment plants with the same      the City of Toronto with a portion of the     disclose information on health or envi-
scrubber design.                             city’s power requirements through a con-      ronmental risks posed by the chemicals
                                             tracted base load of 20 MW of power.          they use. A centrepiece of the governor’s
                                                                                           environmental policy, the initiative would
Hydro International adopts new                                                             affect all consumer goods sold in Califor-    Canadian Environmental Protection is
business structure                           Canadian innovation transforms                nia with chemical ingredients – from tires    published eight times yearly: January/
                                                                                                                                         February, March, April, May/June, July/
Hydro International has adopted a new        chemical testing                              and garbage bags to packaged food, toys,      August, September, October and November/
market-focused business structure to take    We rely on chemical testing to identify       clothing, furniture and appliances.           December.
advantage of increasing opportunities in     toxins in the water, pollutants in the air                                                  The publication is distributed to key per-
the municipal wastewater, stormwater         we breathe, and medications in our blood.                                                   sonnel across Canada in government and
                                                                                                                                         private-sector organizations having an
and “wet weather” markets.                       Thanks to Canadian scientist Janusz       Nexterra Energy lands U.S.                    interest and responsibility for potable and
   The company’s Oregon-based waste-         Pawliszyn, many chemical tests that were      Department of Energy contract                 process water, solid, liquid, gaseous and
water operation brings Hydro and Eutek       once laborious and environmentally un-                                                      hazardous wastes.
Systems, which Hydro purchased in May        friendly are now simple and safe to do.                                                     One year subscription rates to others:
                                                                                                                                         Canada $50.00 + 3.00 GST = $53.00; U.S.A.
2008, under one roof. The new operation          Pawliszyn, a professor of chemistry                                                     $60; other countries $95. Single copies $6.00
now offers solutions to separate, wash       at the University of Waterloo, is the 2008                                                  + 0.36 GST = $6.36; outside Canada $7.00.
and dewater grit from municipal and in-      winner of the $100,000 EnCana Princi-                                                       All prices in Canadian funds.
dustrial wastewater.                         pal Award from the Ernest C. Manning                                                        Canadian Environmental Protection accepts
                                                                                                                                         no responsibility or liability for reported
   The wet weather operation, based in       Awards Foundation. The award recogniz-                                                      claims made by manufacturers and/or
Portland, Maine, oversees the company’s      es Canadian innovators who have made                                                        distributors for products or services; the
solutions to improve management of wet       a significant impact in the world outside                                                   views and opinions expressed are those
                                                                                                                                         of the authors and not necessarily those of
weather flows within collection systems      the lab. His invention of solid-phase mi-                                                   Canadian Environmental Protection.
and wastewater treatment plants includ-      croextraction, or SPME, has transformed                                                     Copyright 2008, Baum Publications Ltd. No
ing combined sewer overflows, sanitary       chemical testing.                                                                           portion of this publication may be reproduced
sewer overflows and storm discharges at          “SPME has revolutionized the way          As part of its mandate to reduce Ameri-       without permission of the publishers.
wastewater treatment plants.                 that samples are collected and extracted,”    ca’s dependence on foreign oil, the U.S.      ISSN 1209-8590, Publications Mail
                                                                                                                                         Agreement No. 40069270.
   The stormwater operation, also based      said foundation executive director Bruce      Department of Energy is turning from
                                                                                                                                         PAP Registration No. 11016
in Portland, Maine, provides a full range    Fenwick. “Before the commercial devel-        fossil fuels to a biomass gasification
                                                                                                                                         Return undeliverable Canadian addresses
of solutions to control and treat urban      opment of SPME, many chemical tests           system built by B.C.-based Nexterra En-       to Circulation Dept., 201-2323 Boundary
runoff from communities with separate        were time-consuming and required the          ergy to meet its own energy needs at Oak      Rd., Vancouver, B.C., V5M 4V8; Email:
storm sewer and sanitary sewer systems.      use of hazardous organic solvents. But        Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.       circulation@baumpub.com.
Hydro’s portfolio of treatment products      with SPME, sample collection and ex-             The Nexterra system will cut green-
                                                                                                                                         We acknowledge the financial support of the
include filters and vortex separators.       traction is simple, safe and can be done      house gas emissions at ORNL by 20,000         Government of Canada through the Publi-
                                             on site.”                                     tons per year, the equivalent of taking                   cations Assistance Program
                                                                                           5,000 cars off the road annually, the B.C.-               towards our mailing costs.
Pepperl+Fuchs buys Christensen                                                             based company says. The system will           Printed in Canada, on recycled
Display Products                             Sewer assessment software                     reduce ORNL’s fossil fuel consumption         paper, by Mitchell Press Ltd.
Pepperl+Fuchs has acquired Christensen       now PACP-certified                            by 80 per cent.
Display Products. Based in Preston,          CTZoom Technologies Inc. has become              Valued at $10-$15 million, this is Nex-                       10%



Washington, Christensen Display Prod-        the first Canadian vendor to provide          terra’s largest sale to date. The Nexterra                                Member of the
                                                                                                                                                                      CCAB, Inc.
ucts designs and manufactures industrial-    sewer system assessment software that         system will replace ORNL’s existing
grade, flat-panel monitors for the process   complies with the requirements of the         natural gas steam plant by converting lo-
and industrial control markets.              Pipe Assessment Certification Program         cally-sourced wood biomass into a clean
                                                                                                                                            Cert no. SW-COC-002226
                                                                                                                                                                     Member of
                                                                                                                                                                      the CBP
   Christensen products are used in a        (PACP), the standard for engineers, in-       burning synthesis gas called “syngas.”

4 Canadian Environmental Protection • October 2008
                                                                                   VEHICLE EMISSIONS CONTROL                                                                                        ❊
Company on the move
with new diesel engine
emissions technology
by Andrew Topf, Editor                          stationary pumps and generator sets. In
                                                Canada, after-market emissions-control


A
           Canadian company is poised to        devices are restricted to “green fleets” –
           install diesel emissions control     public and private operators who aren’t
           technology on new and retrofit-      waiting for government regulation and
ted vehicles, which could revolution-           are moving to reduce emissions on their
ize the way diesel engines are built in         own – but Kahnert said when the regula-
the same way that catalytic converters          tions kick in, NxtGen’s technology will
changed automobile engines in the 1970s.        apply to new vehicles.
    After two years of product develop-            The key component of NxtGen’s              The syngas generator enables combusion of particulate matter and converts trapped nitrous oxide
ment, including recent field trials on me-      emission reduction system is the syngas       into benign nitrogen and water.
dium- and heavy-duty trucks, Vancouver,         generator, which produces syngas, a com-
B.C.-based NxtGen Emissions Control             bination of hydrogen and carbon monox-                                                                                            Left: NxtGen’s generator
Inc. is nearly ready to commercialize its       ide, from diesel fuel and engine exhaust.                                                                                         for a medium-duty retrofit
syngas emissions control technology for         The syngas then enables combustion of                                                                                             system as compared to
diesel engines.                                 particulate matter, and converts trapped                                                                                          a prototype for a two-litre
    The technology uses syngas – a mix-         NOX into benign nitrogen and water.                                                                                               diesel engine. Note the
ture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide               The technology differs from tradi-                                                                                             ruler for size comparison.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Bottom: NxtGen CEO
– to filter out nitrous oxide (NOX) and         tional diesel engine emissions technology
                                                                                                                                                                                  Jeremy Holt and VP
particular matter (PM), the main pollut-        by using syngas to filter NOX and PM
                                                                                                                                                                                  Technology Erik Johan-
ants contained in diesel engine fumes.          rather than isolating NOX through a urea                                                                                          nes show the company’s
    Brian Kahnert, NxtGen’s VP, market-         selective catalytic reduction, explained                                                                                          core technology.
ing and government relations, said the          Kahnert. He noted the cost of retrofitting
technology emerged from a greater public        an existing diesel vehicle is expected to
awareness of air pollutants, particularly       be under $14,000.
greenhouse gases said to cause global              Kahnert said to the naked eye and
warming, and tougher government regu-           nose, there will a noticeable difference
lations designed to contain them.               in emissions. “By 2010, when both NOX
    “What’s driving it is a view globally       and particulate filters have been installed   ernment regulations, said Kahnert, who
that while diesel engines are very fuel-        on diesel engines, the regulations in         expects the first retrofit product to be
efficient and very reliable, they have          North America will be so low it’s getting     commercially available in 2009.
emissions of PM and NOX which really            near to the point of detection,” he said.        “We’ve very keen to reach out to mu-
are objectionable. NOX produces ozone           “You’ll see that in new trucks the exhaust    nicipalities and private fleets that want
and is a contributor to greenhouse gases        is much cleaner. It doesn’t have the big      to be green and we’d very much like to
and particulate matter is a cause of hu-        puffs of black soot coming out that older     run a demonstration project for them and
man respiratory disease. So regulatory          vehicles have.”                               show them how our technology can be
agencies around the world have moved in            NxtGen is targetting cities and private    used to reduce emissions,” he said.
the last 10 years to significantly reduce       companies looking to reduce vehicle           NxtGen Emisson Controls Inc.
both NOX and PM emissions.”                     emissions even in the absence of gov-         Enter 7003 on Reader Reply Card
    The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency has set PM and NOX emission
regulations for new diesel trucks (the
Canadian Environmental Protection Act
was harmonized with the U.S. for diesel                                             no purge “passive” groundwater samplers
trucks in 2002). As of January 1, 2007,
all new heavy duty diesel trucks must
meet the new particulate matter emission
limit of 0.01 grams per brake-horsepower
                                                                                                                        US Patents No. 6,481,300; No. 6,837,120; others pending
hour. On January 1, 2010, all new diesel
trucks must meet the NOx emissions limit
of 0.2 grams per brake-horsepower hour.                                              Waterra introduces the HydraSleeve — a new way to
These new regulations represent a 10-fold                                            collect discrete interval samples.With no need to purge
reduction in emissions from 2002 and                        NEW!
will require the use of catalytic aftertreat-                                        or dispose of purge water, this groundwater sampler
ment systems including diesel particulate
                                                            1L bags                  reduces your costs by saving time.
filters and lean NOx traps.
    These regulations apply to existing ve-
                                                                                      • collect samples with no drawdown and minimal agitation
hicles only, however, although California                                             • easy to use – simply "pop & squeeze" open the top
has taken the lead in imposing emissions                                                and attach your line and the re-useable weight
controls on virtually all existing trucks
and cars. That means every diesel engine                                              • no fluid mixing from other intervals
in California must be retrofitted with an                                             • no purging needed
emissions-control device. Non-compliant
vehicle owners could face fines and a
possible ban on use. British Columbia is
                                                                                                                   Groundwater Monitoring Equipment & Supplies
the first Canadian province to introduce
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California-type emissions controls.
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    NxtGen’s first commercial application
will be a retrofit for existing diesel vehi-
cles, including medium- and heavy-duty
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❊ GROUNDWATER SPOTLIGHT

       De-icing
       fluid dilemma



Constructed
wetland at
Edmonton
International
Airport treats
stormwater
contaminated
with aircraft
de-icing fluid


                                         by Jim Higgins                                of aircraft de-icing fluids (ADFs). The        Top: Surface inflow pipe for a recently planted
                                                                                       environmental impact of ADFs is the            sub-surface flow wetland at Edmonton Inter-



                                         F
                                                 or years, Edmonton International      high oxygen demand they exert in rivers        national Airport; Above: Flow splitter structure
                                                 Airport (EIA) struggled with a di-    and streams. A large slug of glycol can        diverting glycol-contaminated stormwater
                                                                                                                                      either to a constructed wetland or a dry pond.
                                                 lemma that faces many major air-      quickly deplete the dissolved oxygen in
                                                                                                                                      Next page: Inlet distributor pipe for a horizontal
                                         ports in northern climates. Large amounts     receiving waters, killing fish and other or-
                                                                                                                                      sub-surface flow constructed wetland cell.
                                         of glycol from cold weather aircraft de-      ganisms that need aerobic environments.
                                         icing ended up in stormwater runoff and       Because of the cold, intermittent nature
                                         snowmelt, causing pollution problems          of the stormwater, natural treatment sys-      surface flow (SSF) constructed wetland.
                                         when the water flowed into a nearby cold      tems such as constructed wetlands (CWs)        This allowed the glycol-contaminated
                                         water trout stream. This water needed         were considered for the airport.               runoff to flow under the normally dry
                                         treatment before discharge.                      However, most CW systems mimic              surface of a shallow gravel bed vegetated
                                             Controlling and treating airport runoff   natural wetlands with large areas of open      with cattails. Hence, no open water and
                                         is a matter of increasing environmental       water. Such open water systems attract         no waterfowl attraction. The facility was
                                         concern and is now having a major ef-         large waterfowl that are incompatible          completed in the summer of 2001.
                                         fect on airports’ design and operation. As    with airport operations, so consultant            Constructed wetland technology has
                                         air traffic increases, so does regulatory     Jacques Whitford Limited designed an-          evolved rapidly in Canada and CWs
                                         pressure on airports to manage the fate       other kind of CW for the airport, a sub-       operate in all provinces and territories

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                                                                                             GROUNDWATER SPOTLIGHT                                         ❊
from the mouth of the MacKenzie River         the de-icing pads, a large fraction of the
in the Arctic to southern Ontario. Today      glycol used still ended up in the airport’s
the EIA CW system is one of the largest       sewers, leading to higher levels of the
of its kind in the world and is currently     airport’s National Pollutant Discharge
one of only three large, sub-surface flow     Elimination Systems (NPDES) permit,
facilities in the world that treat glycol-    which mandates a 30-mg BOD5/L limit.
contaminated stormwater at airports; the      The airport’s owner, the Niagara Fron-
others being at Heathrow International        tier Transportation Authority, decided to
                                                                                                   Our waterMONITOR dataloggers give
Airport in London, England, and at the        proceed with the design and engineering              you a higher level of intelligence.
Air Express Airport in Wilmington, Ohio.      of a sub-surface flow engineered wetland
But growing needs mean that it’s also a       to treat both the spent de-icing fluids and
critical time for CWs to evolve.              stormwater prior to discharge.
    Ordinary CW facilities tend to be rela-       The goal of this project is to ensure
tively large as the mechanical complexity     that no water leaving the airport ex-
of conventional wastewater treatment          ceeds regulatory requirements. Jacques
facilities is traded for the larger amounts   Whitford’s off-site pilot-scale wetland
of land they require. For example, the        test facilities, at campus D’Alfred of the
constructed wetland at EIA consists of        University of Guelph, successfully tested
12 square, gravel-filled cells, each with     propylene glycol-spiked stormwater from
sides of 47.5 meters arranged in six trains   the airport at high (70ºF) and low (40ºF)
of two cells each. This results in a wet-     design basis temperatures to determine
land cell surface area of 2.7 hectares and    kinetics and other scale-up parameters for
a “footprint” of 4.5 hectares. As well,       subsequent full-scale facilities. The re-
contaminants’ removals from stormwater        sults of this pilot-scale testing determined
decreases during colder conditions, there-    that a five-acre aerated vertical SSF en-
fore EIA must impound runoff in winter        gineered wetland – therefore a wetland
for later treatment.                          nearly half the size of a conventional CW
    Jacques Whitford’s experts in wetland     – would do the job and meet or exceed
technology have patented a proprietary        regulatory requirements even in extreme
new kind of CW and suggest that the           climate conditions. The pilot-scale testing
answer to these challenges lies with this     demonstrated that very good treatment
next generation in constructed wetlands,      could be achieved with high (96 - 97%)                     The waterMONITOR series of submersible
the aerated engineered wetland (EW).          removals of the target pollutants (glycols,                datalogging level transducers takes "smart
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increases treatment capacity in light of      design basis temperatures. The full-scale                   water resource management. It blends the
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lands are advanced kinds of CWs which         four large aerated wetland basins, each                      embedded microcomputer expertise.
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even with colder water. With them, air        will be injected near the surface of the                     datalogging of well, groundwater, lake,
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wetland’s gravel bed, greatly increasing      current to rising air bubbles to sub-sur-                     unique features:
efficiency, even under cold conditions.       face collectors below the beds. Other EW
    Jacques Whitford is now using its         projects are now being planned for other                      • Storage of up to 600,000 measurements
technology to upgrade the Edmonton            airports in Canada and the U.S.                                 (level, temperature, time stamp)
Airport’s CW to an engineered wetland.            Using the best in Canadian technol-
Other airport projects demonstrate the        ogy, engineered wetlands can help to
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potential for this technology.                significantly reduce the carbon footprint                       requirements of the USGS Office of
    Buffalo-Niagara International Airport     of water and wastewater infrastructure.                         Surface Water
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gineered wetland project using Jacques        airport demonstrate that engineered wet-                          SDI-12 protocol
Whitford’s EW technology. At BNIA,            lands provide superior treatment not only
spent ADFs have historically been col-        at airports, but for domestic and high-                         • Also available in baroMONITOR
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❊ GROUNDWATER SPOTLIGHT
Satellite imagery takes water monitoring to the
next level




                                                                                                Traditionally, the Environment team        over time, within millimeters.




I
                                                                                            at Goldstrike has relied on its extensive          How does this help with water moni-
        n the vast goldfields of northern    what, if any, the long-term effects will be.   surface and groundwater monitoring pro-        toring? In certain geological formations,
        Nevada, large-scale, open-pit        Barrick’s Goldstrike mine in Nevada is         gram, which covers approximately 1,600         when mines draw water from the subter-
        mining has been a way of life for    home to one of the largest open pit opera-     square kilometers with more than 110           ranean aquifer, the surface above actu-
        decades. With so much mining         tions in the world. Currently, the compa-      regional monitoring wells and 20 stream        ally sinks, although imperceptibly to
        activity concentrated in one area,   ny pumps 17,000 gallons of groundwater         monitoring stations.                           the human eye. When water flows back
many experts are studying the potential      per minute to maintain the water table             InSAR gives them the big picture,          into those aquifers, the Earth’s surface is
environmental impacts of these mines         below the bottom of Goldstrike’s under-        literally. Here’s how it works. Special        pushed up.
over the long-term.                          ground mine.                                   satellites orbiting the earth record sophis-       InSAR provides a useful tool for
   Water management is one of the                In the meantime, Barrick is harnessing     ticated radar images of the area by send-      measuring these very small changes in
key issues facing the mining industry        an innovative technology to monitor and        ing out roughly 1,700 pulses per second.       the earth’s crust. In doing so, it helps to
in Nevada. As large open-pit mines are       assess the impact of mining on the area’s      A suitable baseline is created over time.      illustrate just how mining affects ground-
developed, companies must pump the           water resources. It’s called Interferomet-     Appropriate images from different time         water resources in the region, and how
groundwater out of adjacent aquifers in      ric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR). It       periods are selected and “interfered” over     much water is contained in subterranean
order to operate the pits safely. Much       will allow Barrick scientists to accurately    each other, lining up exactly. Experts then    aquifers.
of this water is re-injected back into the   map the potential effects of mining on         use computer modelling to simulate a flat          It has been a very effective tool, ac-
ground, while some is used in mineral        water resources in the regional aquifer.       topography. Subtle changes between the         cording to Dr. Johnny Zhan, Barrick’s
processing and surface irrigation.           The results will be shared with other min-     two images are recorded and colour-cod-        senior manager of hydrology. He explains
   Pumping large quantities of ground-       ing companies, local communities and           ed to create an interferogram. This image      how measuring deep-level subterranean
water has scientists trying to determine     government regulators.                         can show changes to the earth’s surface        aquifers can be difficult using tradi-
                                                                                                                                           tional methods. At Goldstrike, that means
                                                                                                                                           drilling monitoring wells up to 4,000
                                                                                                                                           feet deep, at a cost of up to $300,000-
                                                                                                                                           $500,000 per hole. And there is no guar-
                                                                                                                                           antee your hole will hit the aquifer you’re
                                                                                                                                           looking for.
                                                                                                                                               Barrick has been able to use data from
                                                                                                                                           InSAR to confirm the company’s ground-
                                                                                                                                           water monitoring results at Goldstrike
                                                                                                                                           and its projections from the regional
                                                                                                                                           groundwater flow model.
                                                                                                                                               The technology has a wide range of
                                                                                                                                           applications for mining companies today.
                                                                                                                                           Barrick is considering using InSAR to
                                                                                                                                           study the stability of rock storage fa-
                                                                                                                                           cilities, large reclamation projects and
                                                                                                                                           tailings damns. In each case, examining
                                                                                                                                           changes to the earth’s surface over time
                                                                                                                                           can reveal vital information.
                                                                                                                                               The InSAR satellite images can also
                                                                                                                                           provide excellent data for the study of
                                                                                                                                           soil moisture, evaporation, wetlands and
                                                                                                                                           vegetation. Geologists can even use the
                                                                                                                                           images to assess the mineral potential of
                                                                                                                                           a given area.

                                                                                                                                           Originally published in ‘Beyond Borders,
                                                                                                                                           A Barrick Gold Quarterly Report on Re-
                                                                                                                                           sponsible Mining,’ July 2008.

                                                                                                                                           Barrick Gold Corporation
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                                                                                             GROUNDWATER SPOTLIGHT                                                                                      ❊
                                                                                             injected into 12 injection points
                                                                                             spaced three meters on centre
                                                                                             using direct push technology.
                                                                                             The pilot study area measure an
                                                                                             estimated 12 m long x 9 m wide x
                                                                                             10 m deep and is located directly
                                                                                             upgradient of monitoring well
                                                                                             PB-01.
                                                                                                The following dosing of EHC-
                                                                                             M and pulverized dolomite was
                                                                                             injected into the pilot treatment
                                                                                             area: A total of 1,000 kg of EHC-
                                                                                             M was injected from ca 17 to 27 EHC mixed with onsite water, prepared into an easily
                                                                                             m bgs, which resulted in an appli- injectable slurry.
                                                                                             cation rate of approximately 0.05
                                                                                             percent to soil mass (1,000 kg / (1,080 m3 x 1800 kg/m3)).
                                                                                                Approximately 5,000 kg of dolomite was injected into the same area to increase the
                                                                                             pH; the application of dolomite was limited to the upper five feet of the treatment zone
                                                                                             and dosed in accordance with the results from pH titration testing. This resulted in an
Lead concentration in PB-01 before and after EHC injection.                                  application rate of approximately 0.5 precent to soil mass in the targeted depth interval.

                                                                                             The result
EHC injection immobilizes                                                                       Subsequent performance monitoring conducted in January, February, March and
                                                                                             June 2008 showed Pb below the detection limit of 10 ppb at the pilot study well PB-01,
                                                                                             which represents a greater than 97 percent decrease in soluble Pb from the November

lead at former battery                                                                       data of 306 ppb. Subsequent monitoring has also confirmed that the injections have
                                                                                             been successful in establishing reducing conditions and a significant increase in the aq-
                                                                                             uifer pH. The redox potential has remained around -100 mV since January 2008, com-
                                                                                             pared to a baseline value of 300 mV measured in November 2007. The pH has increased
recycling facility in Brazil                                                                 from a baseline value of around four to a maximum of 13 measured in January 2008;
                                                                                             the pH has since decreased to just below 10 measured in the latest sampling round con-
                                                                                             ducted in June 2008. Continued monitoring is expected to show that in situ chemical re-


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        HC-M has been shown to effectively immobilize lead (Pb) from groundwater at          duction using the EHC-M technology offers a safe, effective and cost-efficient remedial
        a former battery recycling facility in Brazil. Following the injection of EHC-M      solution for similarly impacted environments.
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main groundwater plume measure an estimated 250 m long x 150 m wide x 15 m deep
(from 15 to 30 m below ground surface). There was also a smaller plume to the north
measuring 50 m long x 50 m wide x 15 m deep (from 15 to 30 m bgs). The goal was
to immobilize the lead in situ to limit the migration of groundwater plume. This was
achieved via the injection of EHC-M, which promoted precipitation of soluble lead as
stable sulfides. Baseline conditions were relatively toxic with a DO of two to six ppm
and ORP generally in the range of 80 to 400 mV. The shallow groundwater was very
acidic with a pH as low as 2.5 and a key portion of the treatment included adjusting the
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   EHC-M combines controlled-release carbon, ZVI and a slow-release source of
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                                                                                                                                         October 2008 • Canadian Environmental Protection                         9
❊ PARTICULATE REMOVAL
New developments in wet ESP technology
W
             et electrostatic precipitation was first used for the                                                               gained, the development of wet ESPs made from an
             collection of sulphuric acid mist in the early 1900s.                                                               entire range of materials has opened up an equally
             Since then there have been a number of changes                                                                      wide array of applications.
in wet ESP technologies as well as the development of dry
electrostatic precipitation. Dry precipitators became the pre-                                                                   New applications
dominant version and were widely used for the control of fly                                                                         • Power generation – Perhaps the most important
ash emissions from boilers and furnaces while wet precipitators                                                                  new application for wet precipitators is as a final gas-
continued as the technology of choice for acid mist control.                                                                     cleaning step for coal-fired utility boilers. Presently
   With the advent of the United States Clean Air Act in 1970,                                                                   there are five utility-scale wet ESP systems operating
wet precipitator technology was given a new lease on life and                                                                    in North America and three more in construction.
interest in the technology was expanded. Many changes have                                                                       These units are mostly intended to control the sul-
evolved in the technology over the last 30 years as well as new                                                                  phuric acid mist that is emitted downstream of wet
market opportunities.                                                                                                            flue gas desulfurization (FGD) scrubbers installed for
                                                                                                                                 controlling SO2 and SCR (selective catalytic reduc-
Technical advantages                                                                                                             tion) systems designed to reduce NOx emissions as
    The obvious distinction between dry and wet precipitation                                                                    these systems tend to add SO3 to the gas stream that
is that wet ESPs operate on gas streams that are 100 percent                                                                     ultimately hydrates to H2SO4 in the FGD scrubber.
saturated with water vapour, that is, at the dew point. As a                                                                         • Biofuels manufacturing – Another innovative
result, wet ESPs are relatively immune to many limitations of                                                                    application of wet ESPs has been in the biofuels
other particulate separation alternatives including fabric filters,                                                              industry. In the manufacture of ethanol for fuel, the
dry precipitators and even wet scrubbers as the particulate is                                                                   solid material left behind from the fermentation tanks
collected on a wet, electrically grounded surface. Also, tem-                                                                    (distillers grain) is normally dried so it can be stored
perature is normally not a concern because the gas stream must                                                                   and shipped as animal feed. Because the wet distill-
first be quenched to the wet bulb temperature, normally below                                                                    ers’ grain contains a significant quantity of volatile
170°F. Operation at this low temperature also means that the                                                                     organic compounds (VOCs), regenerative thermal
gas volume is lower with resultant capital and energy savings.                                                                   oxidizers (RTOs) designed to incinerate the VOCs are
    Wet ESPs also offer some mechanical advantages over dry                                                                      normally required. These units can have trouble han-
precipitation. When constructed as a tube-type system wet                                                                        dling the wet, sticky emissions from the dryers be-
ESPs have none of the gas distribution issues confronting plate       on the inside of the collecting tube enhancing particu-    cause of plugging and fouling that occurs. Wet ESPs
type, dry ESPs. Also, wet ESPs do not need to be mechani-             late collection and making it easier to remove the col-    are ideally suited for pre-cleaning the gas stream
cally rapped to dislodge the collected particulate matter. As a       lected particulate matter. Second, it provides a source    prior to entering the oxidizer.
result, rapping and re-entrainment losses, a large part of the        of warm air that can be used for a variety of purposes         A similar application is the manufacture of wood
inefficiency of a dry system, are not a problem. Finally, wet         including purge air for the support insulator compart-     pellets. Before raw wood can be pelletized it must be
ESP technology is attractive when fire is a concern and when          ments. This is an obvious energy saving.                   dried to approximately 10 percent moisture. As in the
impediments to gas flow (i.e. plugging) must be avoided.                 • High frequency power supplies – The develop-          example above, the dryer emissions contains a variety
                                                                      ment of high frequency power supplies has been ben-        of wet sticky organics as well as the fine particulate
Recent advancements                                                   eficial to the wet ESPs because of the costly materials    from the burning of the wood to heat the dryer. This
   Since the days when wet ESPs were used strictly for acid           of construction. The additional voltage means that the     messy emission stream is not suitable for direct treat-
mist control there have been many significant developments            precipitator can be smaller for the same efficiency or,    ment in the downstream oxidizer and must be cleaned
that have advanced the technology:                                    alternatively, perform better at the same size. As the     to prevent fouling of the RTO downstream.
   • Tube cooling – The wet ESP tube design is a ready-made           graph below shows, the high frequency power supply             There are many ethanol and wood pellet plants in
heat exchanger which allows the design engineer to utilize the        outperforms the standard 60 Hz, single-phase design.       operation throughout North America and many more
outside of the collecting tube for heat transfer.This approach           • New materials – 40 years ago wet ESPs for acid        are planned. The continued drive to replace fossil fu-
allows two benefits. First, it encourages condensation of water       mist service were made exclusively of lead. In a few       els with green alternatives will mean a strong future
                                                                      other applications carbon and 300-series stainless         for wet ESPs in these industries.
                                                                      steels were used.                                              • Solid fuel boilers – Recently, the U.S. EPA
                                                                         Today, modern alloys ranging from duplex stainless      promulgated new standards requiring the installa-
                                                                      steels all the way up to high nickel alloys are com-       tion of Maximum Achievable Control Technology
                                                                      monplace. Also, fibreglass, PVC and other polymeric        (MACT) to be installed on many solid-fuel fired
                                                                      construction have been employed.                           boilers. (Note: As of this writing the present MACT
                                                                         While there is still a lot of operating history to be   standards are being re-written by the EPA due to a
                                                                                                                                 recent court decision). These regulations have sig-
                                                                                                                                 nificantly lowered the allowable particulate emis-
                                                                                                                                 sions from many operating boilers and in some cases
                                                                                                                                 have forced operators to install new emission control
                                                                                                                                 equipment. In many cases, the technology of choice
                                                                                                                                 is the wet ESP.
                                                                                                                                     A move to wet ESP technology to meet the MACT
                                                                                                                                 requirements may however have a silver lining. Be-
                                                                                                                                 cause of the inherent flexibility of this technology,
                                                                                                                                 boilers with wet ESPs can often be fired with alterna-
                                                                                                                                 tive, low-grade fuels such as heavy oil, petroleum
                                                                                                                                 coke and tire-derived fuel. These fuels are often much
                                                                                                                                 cheaper than higher-grade fuels and the resultant sav-
                                                                                                                                 ings can be substantial.

                                                                                                                                 Conclusion
                                                                                                   Above: High frequency and        As we approach the 100th anniversary of the first
                                                                                                   60 Hz waveforms; Left: Wet
                                                                                                                                 industrial wet ESP we are seeing more and more
                                                                                                   ESP with multiple fields in
                                                                                                                                 examples of wet precipitation as a leading technol-
                                                                                                   series.
                                                                                                                                 ogy for particulate removal. With society demanding
                                                                                                                                 more from technology to preserve the environment
                                                                                                                                 while providing abundant and affordable energy Dr.
                                                                                                                                 Cottrell’s simple and effective wet ESP may be just
                                                                                                                                 beginning to come into its own.
                                                                                                                                 Geoenergy
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                                                                                                                  ENERGY EFFICIENCY                                                   ❊
                                                                                           Figure 1
                                                                                                                        Natural Gas Usage(dekatherms/mo) Operating Cost($/month)
                                                                                           Old RTOs (2006 Avg)          4,723 (56,675dth/yr)               $66,122/mo
                                                                                           New RL60 RTO
                                                                                           January ‘08                  734                                $10,276
                                                                                           February ‘08                 782                                $10,948
                                                                                           March ‘08                    650                                $9,100
                                                                                           April ‘08                    726                                $10,164
                                                                                           May ‘08                      609                                $8,526
                                                                                           June ‘08                     617                                $8,638
                                                                                           Average Month                686                                $9,604/mo
                                                                                           Gas Savings                  4,037 dth/mo                       $56,518/mo

                                                                                           Figure 2
                                                                                           Technical Comparison         Old Oxidizers                      New RL60

RTO replacement yields                                                                     Number of Fans
                                                                                           Number of Valves/Actuators
                                                                                                                        4
                                                                                                                        42 (14 in, 14 out, 14 purge)
                                                                                                                                                           1
                                                                                                                                                           1 RL rotary valve


natural gas savings                                                                        Number of Burners
                                                                                           Ambient Noise Level
                                                                                                                        2
                                                                                                                        Very high
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                                                                                           Control Panel                Inside plant, no HMI to display    Air-conditioned control room at the
         fter operating two regenerative      implement a greener solution without                                      system information                 RL60 + remote panel inside plant
         thermal oxidizers (RTO) for the      a large capital outlay. The performance
         last 25 years, Soliant LLC of        guarantee ensured both sides have a
South Carolina considered what repairs        vested interest in improvement.”             costs going forward. “There’s really no            beds, all in a single can. The ceramic me-
were needed to keep them operating reli-          As part of the arrangement, Soliant      comparison between the old and the new             dia bed area has also been substantially
ably. They approached Dürr Systems,           agreed to pay Dürr a fixed monthly fee       equipment,” said Bailey. “The old system           reduced by the use of structured honey-
Inc. EES to assess and recommend re-          from the natural gas savings generated by    had 42 hydraulic valves for control-               comb ceramic blocks, which accomplish
pairs on those oxidizers to keep them         the RTO replacement. Dürr guarantees         ling air flow, which were a maintenance            the same heat exchange at 50 to 100
running with high-volatile organic com-       the RTO’s measurable thermal efficiency      headache. The new Dürr unit has a single           percent higher velocity than randomly
pound (VOC) destruction efficiency.           for the full contract term. The contract     rotating valve which requires minimal              packed ceramic saddles.
   After inspecting the equipment, Dürr       also includes bonuses for exceeding the      service and is a much simpler design.”                 In addition to the reduced size, the
determined that the old oxidizers had         guaranteed thermal efficiency and penal-        The Energy Performance Contract                 new RL60 system offers other techni-
been designed with low thermal efficien-      ties for falling short of the guarantee.     includes: Monthly performance monitor-             cal advantages that simplify and reduce
cy to accommodate VOC loading signifi-        This means that if the RTO performance       ing and reporting; 24/7 emergency phone            maintenance, including fewer moving
cantly higher than their current levels.      falls below the guaranteed level, Dürr       support; Remote trouble-shooting online            parts and a modern, easy-to-use control
Under current operating conditions, these     pays for Soliant’s additional gas usage      with the system PLC via a new modem;               interface (Figure 2).
old oxidizers were gas hogs.                  and has an incentive to address the issue    Extended warranty; and semi-annual                     Dürr delivered and installed the RL60
                                              immediately.                                 inspections and preventive maintenance             system in November-December 2007
Energy saving RTO                                 It is not uncommon that savings from     visits.                                            while Soliant continued production. Only
                                              energy projects begin to deteriorate long       Because Dürr’s payment depends on               five days of shutdown, split between two
replacement project                           before the payback period is over. The       the system’s performance, it is critical           weekends, were required to complete the
   In December 2007, Dürr installed a         Energy Performance Contract tackles          from their perspective that they continu-          ductwork tie-ins to the existing process
new RL60 rotary-valve RTO to replace          this issue by putting the risk of ongoing    ously monitor performance and regularly            duct and existing stack, and to wire in-
Soliant’s old oxidizers. The system went      performance on the equipment supplier        inspect and tune the system. “Since the            terlocks to the process. The RL60 “skid,”
online December 17, 2007 and the Ener-        while giving both the end user and the       Dürr equipment services our entire coat-           including the rotary valve, drive system,
gy Performance Contract began January         supplier a vested interest in continuous     ing department, 24/7 support is critical,”         combustion chamber support steel, gas
1, 2008. Through June of 2008, the new        monitoring and system tune-ups to maxi-      noted Bailey.                                      train and control room was completely
RL60 has reduced Soliant’s gas usage          mize energy savings.                                                                            assembled, pre-wired and pre-piped in
for VOC abatement by 85 percent. With             Overall, Soliant’s net monthly operat-   Room to grow                                       the manufacturer’s shop. The substantial
their long term gas supply contract end-      ing expense has been reduced because            An additional benefit to Soliant was            factory pre-assembly yields high quality
ing in June of 2008, Soliant is now look-     of the performance contract, since the       that they now have abatement capacity              and installation in less than a week.
ing at a spot gas price for uninterruptible   average natural gas savings exceeds the      for a new production line, the exhaust                 By implementing this RTO replace-
service of $15/dekatherm and a contract       monthly payment for the equipment. As        from which could be routed to the old              ment project under an Energy Perform-
price of $14/dekatherm. At their current      an additional benefit, at the end of the     oxidizers. “While energy savings have              ance Contract, Soliant was able, with
contract natural gas price, the RTO re-       contract term Soliant will own the equip-    been realized with the new equipment,              no capital outlay, to expand their VOC
placement project saves Soliant an aver-      ment outright and thus keep all the en-      what’s of equal importance is the fact that        capacity for future production lines, save
age of $56,500 per month (Figure 1).          ergy savings for themselves.                 we have more oxidizer capacity that will           more than $675,000 annually guaranteed,
                                                  “Soliant was in a position where their   allow us to add new coating lines,” Bai-           replace old equipment with a state-of-the-
Energy performance                            production depended on the operation of      ley said. Soliant’s old oxidizers are still        art machine, avoid $250,000 in repairs
                                              two 25-year-old oxidizers that cost them     in place and ready to run. A new process           and get long-term supplier monitoring
contract                                      $66,000 per month in gas alone. By using     could be connected to them with just mi-           and service.
   Dürr financed the project under an         the EPC to fund the RTO replacement,         nor ductwork changes.”                                 “Our goal is to offer environmentally
Energy Performance Contract which             at the end of the contract they will have                                                       friendly products and push for more ef-
required no capital investment from So-       an RTO that costs them just $9,600 per       Technical advantages of                            ficient equipment leading to reduced en-
liant. “Soliant was interested in the oxi-    month to run,” said Griffin.                                                                    ergy consumption,” said Soliant president
dizer replacement project and the energy                                                   new vs old                                         Jerry Patton. “This equipment is helping
savings it would generate, but they had       Service and maintenance                         The new RL60 RTO system is about                us accomplish that goal.”
already budgeted their capital resources                                                   a quarter the size of the old two-oxidizer             According to Walt Smith, Soliant’s
for expanding production to meet in-          advantages                                   system as a result of significant develop-         plant engineer, the decision to purchase
creasing demand, said Jim Griffin, Dürr’s        In assessing the situation when asked     ments in RTO design over the last 25               the equipment from Dürr has proven to
regional sales manager. “It’s a story I       to consult on the project, Dürr estimated    years. Whereas the old RTOs were ar-               be the right one. “The RL style thermal
hear frequently from customers and it’s       that the cost to repair the aging units      ranged with seven horizontal flow ceram-           oxidizer designed by Dürr demonstrates
the primary reason Dürr began financing       would have been around $250,000. By          ic media beds radiating outward around             that the oxidizer is a solid system using
energy projects.”                             making a decision not to invest in the old   a central combustion chamber, the new              proven technology. My only question is
   Jeff Bailey, vice president of opera-      equipment, Soliant felt that they would      RL60 uses a vertical flow arrangement              ‘Why did we wait so long?’”
tions for Soliant, said: “As a small com-     achieve not only energy savings but also     with the combustion chamber sitting                Dürr Systems, Inc. EES
pany, we thought it was a good way to         a significant reduction in maintenance       atop 12 pie-wedge shaped ceramic media             Enter 7014 on Reader Reply Card


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❊ ENERGY EFFICIENCY/AIR QUALITY
Appliance upgrades slash homeowner utility costs

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            he Region of Durham, im-                   homes). The main water, gas, and elec-          ing efficient water and energy-use habits.       ances in new homes. For example, while
            mediately east of Toronto, is              tricity meters for all 175 homes were read      Since homeowners participating as study          many Canadian references and websites
            experiencing growing demands               semi-monthly for one year.                      homes were largely self-selected (i.e.,          identify indoor per capita demands of
            for water and energy related to                Ten homes in each of the study and          they had a choice of whether or not they         250 litres per day or greater, this study
the significant economic development                   control groups also had sub-meters and          wished to participate in the program), it        has shown that demands of as low as 147
and population growth in the region. In                dataloggers installed on fixtures and ap-       was not surprising that even their “nor-         litres per capita per day can be achieved
an effort to manage this growth more ef-               pliances to segregate electricity, water,       mal” water- and energy-use habits were           in new homes – a demand rate that chal-
ficiently, the region, in conjunction with             and gas demands within each home. It            relatively efficient. That said, the water       lenges that of many European countries.
Tribute Communities, Natural Resources                 was important to collect sub-metered data       and energy savings identified in both the        What’s more, with the potential to in-
Canada (NRCan), and the Federation of                  as part of this project to better assess sav-   sub-metered and non-sub-metered groups           corporate further efficiencies into new
Canadian Municipalities (FCM), com-                    ings related to individual fixtures and ap-     of homes was far greater than could be           homes, such as hot water recirculation
pleted a project to quantify the potential             pliances as the savings identified by the       predicted based on the use of efficient          systems, rainwater harvesting systems,
water, energy, gas, and CO2 savings that               ENERGY STAR program are currently               fixtures and appliances alone.                   grey water harvesting systems, etc., this
could be achieved if home builders began               based on manufacturer-supplied data and            The annual utility cost savings for the       demand could be even further reduced.
including efficient fixtures, appliances,              not on actual field data.                       study homes is slightly more than $200               Identifying the real water and energy
and landscape designs in their new home                    The average water, electricity, natural     per year, and the payback associated with        savings available to new home construc-
packages.                                              gas, and CO2 savings achieved by the            providing the upgrade package was only           tion is important in terms of planning fu-
    A total of 175 homes participated in               study homes in this research project were       3.4 years. This payback period is very           ture development and home construction.
this study. Upgrades included efficient                significant. Per household, water savings       reasonable, especially when you consider         This study shows that it is both cost-
clothes washers, dishwashers, toilets,                 amounted to 132 litres per day, electric-       that the efficient fixtures and appliances       effective and environmentally responsible
showerheads, fridges, and drought-                     ity saved was 2.6 kWh/day, natural gas          installed in these homes will last much          for new home builders to begin including
tolerant landscape packages. The cost                  savings 0.59 cubic meter/day, and CO2           longer than 3.4 years, after which home-         efficient fixtures, appliances, and land-
of the upgrade package was $835 per                    reduction 1.19 tonnes/year.                     owners will start to save more than $200         scape packages in their new home de-
home. Approximately half of the homes                      While savings directly related to the       each year in utility costs.                      signs. The Durham region will continue
in the project received the upgrade pack-              use of efficient fixtures and appliances           The results of this project help quanti-      to work with builders and developers to
age (study homes), while the other half                was expected and achieved, a significant        fy the potential for water, energy, natural      attain increased water efficiency.
received the typical fixture and appliance             portion of the savings identified in this       gas, and CO2 reductions related to the in-       Veritec Consulting, Inc.
package offered by the builder (control                study was related to homeowners practic-        stallation of efficiency fixtures and appli-     Enter 7015 on Reader Reply Card




                                                                              Study in Quebec to examine
                                                                              indoor air quality
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                                                                                n most buildings, the quality of the air we breathe       dren. It is expected that the results from this study will
                                                                                depends on mechanical systems that are designed           improve our understanding of the impact of ventilation
                                                                                to ventilate and dilute pollutants in accordance with     and air distribution on indoor air quality.
                                                                           established engineering principles.                                Meanwhile, to optimize the design of modifications
                                                                               Increasingly, concerns are being raised about the ef-      to the homes, the impact of different technologies will
                                                                           fectiveness of these methods to provide acceptable indoor      be simulated and tested in a new indoor air research
                                                                           air quality. There are also large gaps in our knowledge        facility, which is currently being commissioned on the
                                                                           about the correlation between indoor air quality and the       NRC campus in Ottawa.
                                                                           health of occupants.                                               The indoor air research facility will also be used, in
                                                                                In a bid to address these important issues on behalf      conjunction with existing capabilities at NRC-IRC, to
Above: The new indoor air research facility currently being built as       of all Canadians, National Research Council-Institute          develop performance evaluation protocols to test and as-
part of the NRC-IRC Indoor Air Initiative; Below: the facility’s heat      for Research in Construction has taken the lead in a           sess the effectiveness of technologies aimed at improving
recovery ventilator.
                                                                           comprehensive initiative that will begin to fill the gaps in    air quality. The project will generate reliable informa-
                                                                           our knowledge, tap into the collective wisdom of people        tion that builders, building operators and homeowners
                                                                           in the health and building community, and pave the way         can use to select technologies such as residential HRV
                                                                           for reliable and effective best practices and evaluation       (heat recovery ventilation) systems, single-room parti-
                                                                           protocols for air quality-related devices.                     cle filtration units and commercial HVAC-mounted air
                                                                               The NRC-IRC Indoor Air Initiative, part of the federal     modification systems. This is a significant part of the
                                                                           government’s Clean Air Agenda for both outdoor and             initiative because it will provide the foundation for a
                                                                           indoor air, takes a multi-faceted approach to the issue        system that could eventually be used to label and rate
                                                                           of indoor air quality, combining research, technology          the various technologies.
                                                                           assessment and a national forum for discussion and dis-            The initiative will also tackle the difficult task of sift-
                                                                           semination of information.                                     ing through available and newly generated information
                                                                               The Clean Air Agenda initiatives to address the issue      to identify knowledge gaps, recommend studies and
                                                                           of indoor air were developed in collaboration with Health      disseminate information. This will be achieved through
                                                                           Canada.                                                        the creation of an independent national committee on
                                                                               The initiative is being launched with a uniquely de-       indoor air quality as it relates to the design and operation
                                                                           signed field study that will be carried out in about 100        of buildings and building systems.
                                                                           homes occupied by families with asthmatic children in              The committee is expected to include broad represen-
                                                                           the Quebec City area. Partnering with the Institut national    tation from major stakeholders – governments, industry
                                                                           de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) and other federal          and consumers – to discuss issues related to indoor
         Don’t forget to renew your                                        partners, NRC-IRC researchers will assess the physical         air and provide reliable and unbiased information on
                subscription!                                              characteristics of the homes and the quality of their indoor   solutions and technologies that affect indoor air qual-
  Canadian Environmental Protection is free                                air, while medical professionals from INSPQ will assess        ity in buildings, based on the best available collective
                                                                           the health of the children.                                    knowledge.
   for subscribers but subscriptions need to                                   Over a three-year period following the initial assess-         The Indoor Air Initiative currently has a three-year
   be renewed yearly to guarantee delivery.                                ment, modifications will be made to the ventilation and         horizon to put a framework in place that NRC-IRC can
    Use our Reader Reply Card in this issue. Send                          air-distribution systems in the homes to improve indoor        build upon to further improve knowledge and, in the long
      by mail or fax, or renew on our website at                           air quality, and a follow-up assessment will be conducted      term, contribute to the health of Canadians.
                 www.baumpub.com.                                          to measure and evaluate whether there have been any            NRC-IRC
                                                                           changes in the indoor air quality or the health of the chil-   Enter 7016 on Reader Reply Card


12 Canadian Environmental Protection • October 2008
                                                                                              INVASIVE SPECIES CONTROL                                                              ❊
Wal-Mart testing
solar power in Ontario
                                            Ballast water treatment system
The Ontario Ministry of Research and
Innovation (MRI) and Wal-Mart Cana-
da are pursuing a project with Menova
                                            stamps out invasive species
Energy that would provide up to $5.9
million to support the demonstration of
the company’s Power-Spar solar con-
centrator technology. The intention is
to test and install the technology on the
roof of a Wal-Mart store in Ontario,
yet to be selected or constructed.
     Ontario would provide Menova
Energy with a $2.8 million forgivable
loan awarded through the Ontario Min-
istry of Research and Innovation’s In-
novation Demonstration Fund, which
focuses on the commercialization and
initial demonstration of globally com-
petitive, innovative technologies, proc-
esses or products.
     Wal-Mart Canada would provide
up to $3 million to support the testing
and installation of the technology on
one of the company’s store roofs. This
demonstration would be used to assess
the potential benefits of the Menova
system as a candidate technology to
help Wal-Mart Canada meet its long-
term sustainability goal to be supplied
by 100 percent renewable energy.


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    “This is an example of Ontario’s                        considerable threat to North       evaluate treatment technologies: the Ship-     seawater oxidant demand. The biocides
growing world leadership in solar en-                       America’s marine environment       board Technology Evaluation Program and        react in the pipe with both inorganic and
ergy,” said Menova Energy president                         is the introduction and spread     the Environmental Protection Agency’s          organic species in the ballast water to pro-
David Gerwing. “The Menova technol-         of aquatic nonindigenous species. Defined           (EPA) Environmental Technology Verifica-        vide effective disinfection.
ogy was developed in Ontario and will       as a species that has been introduced into         tion (ETV) program.                                As the harmful organisms and nonin-
remain in Ontario thanks to the for-        an area beyond its native range, exotic                One of the first systems evaluated by the   digenous species are inactivated and/or
ward looking policies and commitment        vegetation and animals can cause losses            ETV program has been Severn Trent De           destroyed, the oxidant concentration in
from this provincial government.”           of native species, changes in community            Nora’s BALPURE ballast water treatment         the ballast water is reduced to one part per
    “Outfitting just one-quarter of the     structure and function, and alterations of         system. The system, which received a U.S.      million (ppm). Testing has proven that this
Wal-Mart stores in Canada would             the eco-system. Unlike chemical pollution,         patent last October, generates biocides,       initial concentration of oxidants will guar-
result in $250 million in new manufac-      once a nonindigenous species establishes           identified in 1996 by the National Research     antee a greater than 99 percent destruction
turing activity over the next four years    itself it is nearly impossible to remove, and      Council as an effective option for treatment   and inactivation of organisms and bacteria
in the province,” said Woodbine Tool        can even become more abundant and spread           of ballast water. The BALPURE system           in the ballast tanks. During the de-ballasting
& Die president Tibor Urbanek. “To          to new locations.                                  meters and analyzes the residual level of      process, sodium sulfite is added in a con-
support that level of demand Woodbine           Invasive species have become estab-            both biocides and neutralizing agents and      trolled fashion to the suction side of the
Tool & Die’s operations in Ontario          lished in waters throughout Canada and the         logs the performance of the overall ballast    de-ballast pump, which instantly reacts and
would grow by 85 employees and spin         United States. For example, zebra mussels          water treatment system. The system has         neutralizes residual oxidants. The treated
off another 240 indirect support jobs in    are present in the Great Lakes and inland          proven to be an effective, economical de-      ballast water may be safely discharged into
primary metals and installations.”          waters including the Mississippi River,            vice to treat ballast water with no adverse    the receiving ecosystem, and the sulfite can
    “This innovative project has the po-    Hudson River and Lake Champlain. Other             effects on the environment.                    be added to the discharge of the de-ballast
tential to harness the power of the sun     exotic species infestations, such as the               Third party testing of the BALPURE         pumps if they are contained within the bal-
to create both clean energy and great       brown mussel, mitten crab and Eurasian             system – including a full range of EPA-        last tanks. Independent laboratory studies
new manufacturing jobs, right here in       water milfoil, also have been found in the         specified whole effluent toxicity tests and      have proven that the low concentration of
Ontario,” added John Wilkinson, Min-        country’s rivers and lakes. A major cause          disinfection by-product analyses – has         sodium sulfite used in the BALPURE proc-
ister of Research and Innovation. “The      of the introduction and spread of these            confirmed effluent quality that meets pro-       ess is not harmful to fish, fauna, bacteria or
partners in this project are working to-    nonindigenous species is ships’ ballast            posed IMO ballast water standards. The         the ecosystem as a whole.
gether to seize a global opportunity.”      water – the water carried by ships to pro-         BALPURE system is utilized during both             The generation of biocide, the injection
    “We’re pleased to partner with this     vide stability and adjust a vessel’s trim for      ballasting (to disinfect incoming seawater)    operation, and the neutralization step are all
innovative Canadian manufacturer and        optimal steering and propulsion.                   and de-ballasting operations (to neutralize    recorded in a data logger and can easily be
the Ontario government on a planned             Ballast water is often taken in by a ship      residual oxidant in discharged seawater).      downloaded by port authorities to confirm
venture that would reduce Wal-Mart          in ports and coastal regions, where the                In the ballasting process, a small side    that a successful ballast water treatment has
Canada’s environmental footprint and        ecosystems include many forms of bacteria,         stream of the main ballast line is delivered   been conducted and residual biocides have
help us achieve our ambitious envi-         plankton, plants and animals. The water is         to the BALPURE system where there is a         been destroyed prior to discharge of the
ronmental goals,” said Ken Farrell,         then released during various stages of the         slight increase in line pressure. The seawa-   ballast water. In addition to the BALPURE
vice president, store development for       ship’s journey such as at sea, along coast-        ter passes through a flow orifice and flow        system, a number of other methods are be-
Wal-Mart Canada Corp. “We applaud           lines and in ports. As a result, a wide variety    transmitter that provides confirmation of       ing analyzed for possible inclusion in an
the Ontario government for taking           of non-native species are transported and          proper seawater flow to the unit. The seawa-    anticipated ballast water standard. These
an active role in supporting the com-       distributed around the world. Agencies such        ter passes through the system’s electrolyzer   include other chemical treatment methods;
mercialization of this innovative green     as the International Maritime Organization         utilizing proprietary electrode coatings,      mechanical methods such as filtration and
technology and for helping to cre-          (IMO), United States Coast Guard (USCG)            generating oxidants (hypochlorite and          separation; physical treatment methods
ate green manufacturing jobs here at        and state governments are currently fight-          hypobromite derivatives). The solution of      such as ozone and ultraviolet light; and
home.”                                      ing the problem by examining ballast water         depleted seawater, oxidants and hydrogen       various combinations of these methods.
Wal-Mart Canada Corp.                       exchange in the open ocean or utilizing bal-       gas then passes through a patented cyclone     According to some maritime industry of-
Enter 7018 on Reader Reply Card             last water treatment systems. Thus far, only       and the hydrogen is safely separated and       ficials, publication of a new standard may
Menova Energy Inc.                          the IMO has mandated such an exchange              diluted. The oxidants are injected back into   occur before the end of this year.
Enter 7019 on Reader Reply Card             of ballast water.                                  the main ballast stream on the discharge       Severn Trent Services
                                                The USCG is using two programs to              side of the ballast pump(s), matching the      Enter 7017 on Reader Reply Card


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                                                                                                                       NEW TECHNOLOGIES                                                  ❊
Ventilation blowers available                    rates from one to 2,400 gallons per hour and      with ESI source was designed to analyze          mended applications include testing and
in AC and DC models                              spray angles from 50 to 100 degrees with          gaseous samples using the APCI mode.             calibrating surface probes and sensors.
                                                 precise control of droplet size. Applica-         Using Phytronix’s Laser Diode Thermal            The CL1600 is ideally suited for scientific,
                                                 tions arise in chemical, petrochemical and        Desorption technology (LDTD) it will also        research and calibration service industries.
                                                 process industries such as flue gas cooling        be possible to analyze any sample from any       This product is RoHS compliant.
                                                 or gas conditioning to remove harmful gas-        state (gas, liquid or solid). With LDTD the      Omega Engineering, Inc.
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                                                 closely with end users and the manufactur-        laser diode, and gas phase molecules are
                                                 ers of process equipment and environmen-          introduced into the APCI region where
                                                 tal control systems to select nozzles that        ions are transferred into the TSQ Quantum        Landfill gas detector
                                                 optimize flow, distribution, and droplet size      for analysis.
                                                 to meet the user’s objectives.                       A ministry laboratory used the mobile
                                                     Swirl Air nozzles provide the adaptabil-      TSQ Quantum to identify and quantify
COM-PAX-IAL ventilation blowers are              ity to meet variable process requirements.        thousands of gas contaminants in the air
available in AC or DC models and are             There is a correlation between exhaust vol-       (including aldehydes, alcohols, acids and
engineered to offer higher output flow           ume and temperature and Delavan nozzles           chlorine), as well as to map the distribution
rates than other blowers of their size. They     have the capability for flow adjustment so         of the contamination.
are lightweight, low profile and compact,         that output can be fine tuned to meet the          Thermo Fisher Scientific
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rugged-steel construction as well as an          zles will therefore be selected that offer
eight-inch plastic version. They are safety-     extended service life and minimize main-          Weather station comes in a
orange and designed with heavy-duty fan          tenance downtime. As a nozzle specialist,         compact, easy to set up kit
blades. Allegro offers all the ducting, ac-      rather than a provider of off-the-shelf
cessories and storage equipment required         turnkey systems, Delavan are able to take
for virtually any ventilation job.               into account fully, the client’s air and liquid
    The blower and canister are made of          delivery systems and recommend nozzles                                                             The measurement of methane and non-
durable lightweight corrosion-, UV- and          to optimize system performance.                                                                    methane components in landfill gas is
chemical-resistant polyethylene material,        Ontor Limited                                                                                      essential for compliance with air quality
with sturdy, easy-grip handles molded            Enter 7022 on Reader Reply Card                                                                    operating permit requirements, and the
directly into the blower and canister hous-                                                                                                         MicroFID flame ionization detector from
ing. With the canister locking system,                                                                                                              Photovac offers this capability in a portable
workers can set up this blower quickly to        Mass spectrometer                                                                                  and easy to operate instrument. Featuring
either ventilate or evacuate airflow. This        monitors contaminants                                                                              flame ionization detection (FID) technol-
unique design allows the user to remove                                                            Dynamax supplies research-grade sen-             ogy, the MicroFID measures methane gas
the canister and ducting from the outlet                                                           sors, compact enough to be portable, and         accurately and quickly. A single tutor key
side and attach it to the inlet side in a mat-                                                     supplied as “ready to use.” The WS-GP1           prompts the operator through the basic
ter of seconds.                                                                                    Weather Station is a good choice for re-         operations, and critical data is displayed
    For AC COM-PAX-IAL blowers, the                                                                search, agricultural or environmental appli-     in less than three seconds. Further, the
free airflow rate is 778 and the blower                                                             cations and can be setup and installed in just   MicroFID provides datalogging capability
weighs only 17 pounds. The DC model                                                                a few minutes. Internal AA batteries supply      so readings can be stored in the instrument
offers a free airflow rate of 796 and weighs                                                        enough power to last six months and can be       and downloaded to a computer for subse-
16 pounds. All blowers are available sepa-                                                         easily replaced for longer operation.            quent analysis and recordkeeping purposes.
rately or with quick-connect 15-foot or 25-                                                            Sensors for wind speed and direction,        Non-methane hydrocarbon readings are
foot ducting canister for a complete system.                                                       light, temperature, RH and rainfall are all      performed with the simple addition of a
The ducting canister attaches quickly with                                                         packaged together into a small compact           snap-on charcoal filter capsule. The Micro-
cam-lock latches. Both blower and canister                                                         weather kit. Software for easy program-          FID meets and exceeds the requirements
come with handles for easy transport.                                                              ming, and data download to PC or a PDA           for EPA Federal Reference Method 21 for
Allegro Industries                                                                                 is included. The WS-GP1 Weather Station          fugitive gas emissions.
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                                                                                                   handy carry case for easy portability.
Air nozzles useful in process                                                                      Dynamax Inc.
and chemical industries                                                                            Enter 7024 on Reader Reply Card                  Multi-gas monitor features
                                                 The TSQ Quantum is the only triple
                                                                                                                                                    larger display
                                                 quadrupole system that enables Highly             Surface probe calibrator
                                                 Selective Reaction Monitoring (H-SRM)
                                                 performance, which facilitates the quick
                                                 and efficient analysis of complex samples.
                                                 The Ministry of Sustainable Development,
                                                 Environment and Parks in Quebec used the
                                                 system to perform real-time, mobile analy-
                                                 sis of organic and inorganic environmental
                                                 contaminants in the air, ground and water.
                                                     Ministry personnel collaborated with                                                           The TriplePlus+ multi-gas monitor now
                                                 Thermo Fisher and its strategic partner                                                            features a better and larger display, Win-
                                                 Phytronix Technologies, a Canadian                The CL1600 surface probe calibrator is de-       dows software, extreme durability, and
                                                 company, to upgrade an obsolete mobile            signed to calibrate and verify surface probe     floats if dropped in water. The TriplePlus
                                                 laboratory system. The TSQ Quantum was            readings from 25 to 450°C (77 to 842°F).         + is now capable of monitoring any one to
                                                 chosen because it met the ministry’s strin-       This rugged, compact bench top device            four of the following gases: combustibles,
Swirl Air nozzles from Delavan Spray             gent requirements for limits of detection         provides a large 120-mm (4.75 inches) di-        oxygen, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sul-
Technologies will help users in chemical         in the order of microgram per cubic meter,        ameter, high-grade aluminum surface. Built       phide, sulphur dioxide, chlorine, nitrogen
and process industries maintain process          even in real time. Phytronix engineered a         around one of Omega’s PID temperature            dioxide, nitric oxide, ammonia, hydrogen,
continuity, increase plant productivity,         stabilization table to dampen motion so           controllers, the unit features fast heat-up,     hydrogen chloride, hydrogen cyanide, hy-
quality, product yields and meet stringent       the TSQ Quantum can analyze samples               stable readings and a highly uniform heated      drogen fluoride, ozone, phosphine, ethylene
environmental standards. Now the com-            while the bus is on the road. A dampen-           surface area. Each unit comes complete           oxide, chlorine dioxide, volatile organics,
pany is bolstering its technical service with    ing table was necessary because the mass          with built-in RS232 communication, cable,        carbon dioxide, methane, propane, butane
dedicated technical support from industry        spectrometer requires a stable environment        free measurement and control software,           or ethylene.
sector specialists.                              during analysis.                                  five-point NIST Traceable Calibration            CEA Instruments, Inc.
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                                                                                                                                                   (shutoff).
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 GROUNDWATER CONTAINMENT WALL
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sealable joints, the Barrier offers
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                                                                                                                                                   The Flow, Level and Environmental Handbook and
                                                                                                                                                   Encyclopedia® 8th Edition
                                                                                                                                                   Contains over 1600 pages of the latest
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                                                                                                                                                   information on flow, level OMEGA
                                                                                                                                                   products from flowmeters and valves to water test
                                                                                                                                                   equipment and everything in between! Top selling
                                                                                                                                                   products include the NEW PHP-800 Series of
                                                                                                                                                   metering pumps and the FSW-410 Series of flow
                                                                                                                                                   and temperature switches. A new product offered
                                                                                                                                                   EXCLUSIVELY by Omega is the LVU30 Series of
                                                                                                                                                   non-contact ultrasonic level transmitter/switches.
                                                                                                                                                   Also featured is the NEW WT2000 dual use high-
                                                                                                                                                   performance wind-tunnel and the NEW WTM-100
                                                                                                                                                   mini-wind tunnel both designed and manufactured by Omega. This FREE
                                                                                                                                                   hardbound handbook has a technical reference section with anoverview on
                                                                                                                                                   flow measurement, with aids on selecting a complete flow measurement
                                                                                                                                                   system, unit conversion tables and a glossary. A user-friendly index is
                                                                                                                                                   available for easy product search, economical choices, popular models and
                                                                                                                                                   accessories. For more information, go to omega.com/literature.
                                                                                                                                                   OMEGA Engineering, Inc.
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Wireless compatible water monitor added to
line of KPSI™ Level and Pressure Transducers
                                                                                                 Pollution Control
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                                                                                                 MIST Eliminators
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or Jack Ward at 604-291-9900.
                                                                                                                          NEW TECHNOLOGIES                                                     ❊
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  Six Essential Weather Measurements In One
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  The WXT520 revolutionizes weather measure-
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                                                                                 Spurred by operational challenges of responding to            the system to suck up oils, mud, sludge and other
                                                                                 spills in the environmentally sensitive regions of            liquids. It is fitted with a safety relief valve, cyclonic
 www.vaisala.com/WXT520                                                          Alaska, Elastec/American Marine has developed                 separator and exhaust. Both the vacuum pump unit
                                                                                 a vacuum system that can be towed by All Terrain              and tank are mounted on All Terrain tires with walk-
                                                                                 Vehicles.                                                     ing beam suspension.
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                                                                                     Elastec launched a new range of versatile off-road            The components are within the towing limits of
                                                                                 oil spill response equipment at the International Oil         most ATV or Utility Vehicles. Both units have a low
 Non-Contacting Flowmeter                                                        Spill Conference in Savannah, Georgia. Almost as              centre of gravity. Optional tracks can be added for
                                                                                 soon as this new machinery returned to our plant              soft ground, snow or sand. The vacuum tank can be
                       Measure Flow                                              in Illinois it was called into action. A spill from a         removed from the chassis and allow it to be used as
                       from Outside a Pipe                                       ruptured crude oil pipeline had found its way into a          a trailer for other equipment. The resulting system is
                                                                                 local lake.                                                   ideal for working in remote areas such as oil fields,
                       Designed for “difficult liquids” like
                       wastewater, slurries, sludge and                              Oil was concentrated in an earth dam and recov-           pipeline routes, railroads and shorelines or where
                       liquids with bubbles or solids                            ered into the company’s 110-gallon tracked vacuum             smaller quantities of oil need to be recovered.
                                 ! Works on metal or plastic pipes
                                                                                 tank. The walking beam suspension allows the equip-               The primary focus was oil spill response, however,
                                   ½” diameter or larger                         ment to traverse the rough ground.                            municipalities and industry are already seeing the
                                 ! Simple 5-key calibration system                   This new system can reach sites inaccessible for          benefits for cleaning out drains, sumps, separators
                                 ! Measures and totalizes forward and
                                   reverse flow                                  vacuum trucks. It has a three-cylinder diesel engine          and even portable toilets.
                                 ! Isolated 4-20mA output and 2                  driving a powerful pump that can generate over 300            Elastec/American Marine
                                   programmable control relays
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                                                                                                                                               inputs and eight relay outputs. Expansion input and
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                                                                                                                                               any given application.
  Dust Collectors Full Line Literature Guide                                                                                                      The unit monitors critical environmental conditions
                                                                                                                                               and alerts facility managers of changes in temperature,
  This impressive guide outlines doz-
  ens of N.R. Murphy dust collectors,                                                                                                          power failures and surges, pressure, timers, alarms,
  installations, capacities, OMEGA
                             styles and                                                                                                        excess humidity, water on the floor, intrusion, and
  models. A must for any reference                                                                                                             more. The SCADA 3000 will send facility managers
  library. N.R. Murphy Limited has
  been in business for 65 years                                                                                                                notifications via phone, fax, text message, numeric
  and has thousands of satisfied                                                                                                                page and e-mail. With the new Ethernet capacity,
  customers.                                                                     Solinst Waterloo Multilevel Systems allow ground-             operators can easily access alarm activity, reports and
  “Dust Collectors is all we do, so do
  it right the first time. Just Ask the                                           water samples, hydraulic head and permeability                additional data.
  Experts.”                                                                      measurements from many isolated zones in a single                SCADA 3000’s standard software application
                                                                                 borehole. Flexible system allows users to place sam-          includes modules for RTU programming, real-time
  For more information contact:
  Craig Moffatt, N.R. Murphy Ltd.,                                               pling pumps and pressure transducers exactly where            HMI screen design, Ladder and C control program
  Sales Manager, Cambridge, ON                                                   they are needed. The Waterloo System has engineered           editing, and data and event log retrieval.
  Tel: 519.621.6210 Fax: 519.621.2841                                            seals, and is ideal for long term monitoring to 300           Sensaphone
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                                                                                 m. It provides accurate site characterization in both         Enter 7048 on Reader Reply Card
                                                                                 bedrock and overburden applications.
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                                                                                                                                               Air mask features new facepiece
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                                                                                                                                               MSA’s new Air-
                                                                                 Remote monitoring system now                                  Hawk II Air Mask
AIR PHASER                                                                       Ethernet capable
                                                                                 Sensaphone’s most
                                                                                                                                               keeps lower-cost op-
                                                                                                                                               tions while offering
ENVIRONMENTAL                                                                    advanced remote
                                                                                 monitoring system,
                                                                                                                                               many new choices
                                                                                                                                               not available with
                                    • Non Thermal Plasma technology              the SCADA 3000, is                                            other industrial air
                                    never wears out or needs rebuilding and      now available with                                            masks. The mask of-
                                    uses only electricity.
                                    • Industrial scale air flows from 1,000       Ethernet capabili-                                            fers either the Ultra
                                    to over 1,000,000 CFM fault tolerant.        ties. This new fea-                                           Elite Facepiece or new industrial Advantage 4000
                                    • Removes vent air odours from: Com-         ture allows facility                                          Facepiece. The Advantage 4000 Facepiece provides
                                    post, biosolids, manure, processing
                                    factories for food, pet, fish, and animal     managers and other                                            adapters for Twin-Cartridge Respirator conversion
                                    feed operations and manufacturing.           approved person-                                              (using Advantage Cartridges) or an RD40 Facepiece.
                                    • Converts odour, VOCs and complex           nel to access live                                            The AirHawk II Air Mask now incorporates as
                                    organic compounds to CO2 and H2O.
 Tel: 604-308-7435                  • Extremely compact, it can easily in-       status, alarm history                                         standard the same Audi-Larm Audible Alarm End-
 Surrey, BC, Canada                 stall into existing factories. PLC control   and other advanced information from any computer              of-Service-Time-Indicator (EOSTI) as the fire service
                                    adjusts to varying VOC loads.                within a specified computer network for added con-             FireHawk M7 Air Mask. The masks also offer both
                                    • Replaces biofilters, scrubbers and
                                    thermal oxidizers in far less space and      venience.                                                     low-pressure and high-pressure versions.
 www.airphaser.com                  uses far less energy.                           The SCADA 3000 connects easily to a PC host                MSA
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❊ CANADIAN ROUNDUP
Nova Scotia                                                         ties CH2M Hill Sustainable Communities                          cation joins Niagara Falls, NY, making it                     Environmental Protection Agency in Aus-
Homebuilder, renewable energy                                       Award in the water category for its Water                       ECS’ first multinational DR participant.                      tralia, as well as the Australian Mining
company to provide solar power                                      Efficiency Plan.                                                    PowerPay! Ontario comes into effect                       Prospect Awards, for its water treatment
Second Source Power and Scotian Homes                                   Peel’s Water Efficiency Plan was                            in times of peak demand, usually on the                       work in that country.
will be bringing solar heating and other                            developed in response to the growing de-                        hottest days of the summer, when the
renewable energy solutions to new homes                             mand on the region’s water and wastewa-                         facility will earn a monetary incentive for
built by Scotian Homes. Maritime home-                              ter treatment systems, and aims to reduce                       cutting back its electricity usage to help                    Alberta
owners will be able to upgrade their new                            water consumption in Peel by 10 per cent                        keep demand and energy prices low, as                         Wetlands policy being finalized
homes to include solar hot water, solar                             by 2015. To date the region has devel-                          well as avoid peak power plants from be-                      The Alberta Water Council in September
electricity, greywater recycling or other                           oped a number of programs to reduce                             ing built.                                                    submitted a comprehensive wetland poli-
eco-friendly solutions.                                             water consumption, including:                                                                                                 cy and implementation recommendations
    “We are very pleased to be one of the                               • Toilet Replacement Program for both                                                                                     to the Alberta government. These recom-
first builders to give every homeowner                              residents and business.                                         British Columbia                                              mendations will help the provincial gov-
an accessible and cost-effective option to                              • Peel Living Water Efficiency Retrofit                     BioteQ named one of province’s                                ernment to finalize a provincial wetlands
use the power of the sun to reduce their                            Project.                                                        Top 25 Exporters                                              policy. The council’s recommendations
carbon footprint and reduce their energy                                • Spray Valve Replacement Program.                          BioteQ Environmental Technologies Inc.,                       focus on protecting Alberta’s wetlands
costs,” said Stephanie Palmer of Scotian                                • Industrial, commercial and institu-                       a leader in the treatment of metal- and                       by managing impacts, setting objectives,
Homes. “We teamed up with Second                                    tional Indoor Water Audit Program.                              sulphate-contaminated water, has for the                      encouraging stewardship, and building
Source Power because of their outstand-                                 • Outdoor Water Education programs.                         second year in a row been named one of                        knowledge and capacity.
ing quality and service.”                                               Since its inception in 2004, the plan                       British Columbia’s Top 25 Exporters by
    Second Source Power is the result of                            has saved over 1,600 megalitres of water                        the Canadian Manufacturers & Export-
a merger with Seaforth Wind Energy,                                 and 1,400 megalitres of wastewater from                         ers Association. BC’s Top 25 Exporters                        New water/wastewater
a subsidiary of Seaforth Engineering                                being treated. This reduction in water and                      include the top three candidates in eight                     company launched
Group Inc. Second Source Power of-                                  wastewater treatment has saved approxi-                         sector categories plus the Leadership                         ATCO Group has launched ATCO Water,
fers renewable energy products such as                              mately 2,000 megawatts of electricity,                          Award winner. BioteQ is a finalist in the                     a company focused on designing, building
wind turbines, solar panels, electric bikes                         which is equivalent to 671 tonnes of car-                       New Exporter category. This award is                          and operating water and wastewater infra-
and backup generators. The company                                  bon dioxide emissions.                                          the third to recognize BioteQ this year.                      structure and facilities for both industry
provides wind and solar systems for                                                                                                 In September, BioteQ was named one of                         and municipalities.
commercial and residential properties                                                                                               BC’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies                               ATCO Water has reached an agreement
in Atlantic Canada for both off-grid and                            Niagara Falls plant becomes                                     by Business in Vancouver. In March, the                       with GE Water & Process Technologies
grid-connected systems.                                             Power Pay! participant                                          company won the 2008 Globe Award for                          to draw on its technologies, especially in
                                                                    Washington Mills has enrolled its Nia-                          Environmental Excellence presented by                         the fields of purification and advanced
                                                                    gara Falls, Ontario facility in Energy Cur-                     the Globe Foundation and the Globe &                          recycling.
Ontario                                                             tailment Specialists, Inc.’s (ECS) demand                       Mail and sponsored by the Export Devel-                          With Alberta facing significant infra-
Peel awarded for sustainability                                     response (DR) program – PowerPay!                               opment Corporation.                                           structure and construction challenges,
The Region of Peel has been awarded a                               Ontario – to reduce electricity usage to                            BioteQ is also shortlisted for two en-                    ATCO Water will also offer private public
2008 Federation of Canadian Municipali-                             relieve stress on the grid. The Ontario lo-                     vironmental awards by the Queensland                          partnerships (P3) to municipalities.


Port Moody considering waste conversion plant
The City of Port Moody and Plasco Energy Group have agreed to
explore the possibility of a waste conversion facility on the site of
                                                                                                 in Ottawa since 1986 and a 100-tonne per day commercial scale
                                                                                                 demonstration plant since June of 2007. The City of Ottawa re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  EVENTS
the former Barnet Highway landfill. The city has been investigat-                                cently announced it will move forward with a 400-tonne per day                                                CALENDAR
ing the feasibility of developing a waste conversion facility at the                             Plasco Energy conversion facility.
former landfill since December of 2007. As part of this process,                                    Plasco’s system converts waste into an engine fuel gas, con-                                  November 5-6, 2008 Canadian Waste & Re-
Port Moody has entered into a non-binding letter of intent with                                  struction aggregate, sulphur suitable for agriculture, salt and                                  cycling Expo. Toronto, ON; International Centre.
Plasco Energy Group which proposes that PlascoEnergy design,                                     clean water without air emissions. The fuel gas created by the                                   www.cwre.ca.
finance, construct and operate a waste conversion facility that                                  process is then used to generate electricity, and the resulting ex-                              November 12-14, 2008. ‘Integrated Waste
will process up to 400 tonnes per day (150,000 tonnes per year)                                  haust produces very low levels of emissions. In addition, more                                   Management Systems’, Edmonton, AB; Delta
of waste on land leased from the city at the Barnet Highway                                      than 99 percent of waste processed is converted to valuable prod-                                Edmonton South Hotel and Conference Centre.
landfill site. If approved, the facility would process post-recycled                             ucts, including more net electricity output than any alternative.                                Contact: 780-434-6415. www.awma.org/go/
residual waste that would otherwise be sent to the landfill.                                         “We are very pleased to be working together with Port                                        IWMS08.
   “It is clear that the region has both waste disposal challenges                               Moody, said Plasco president and CEO Rod Bryden. “As the                                         November 16-20, 2008. AWWA Water Quality
and a need for clean energy sources. We want to find out if this                                 Mayor of Port Moody and the chair of the Metro Vancouver                                         Technology Conference & Exposition. Cincin-
innovative Canadian technology can help address those needs,”                                    Environment Committee, Mayor Trasolini has shown great lead-                                     nati, OH; Duke Energy Center. www.awwa.org.
said Mayor Joe Trasolini. “This agreement is only the first step in                              ership in looking for innovative solutions to the region’s waste                                 December 2-5, 2008. Pollutec. Lyon Eurexpo,
reviewing the feasibility of such a facility on leased land in Port                              challenges. We look forward to working with the city to develop                                  France. www.pollutec.com.
Moody.                                                                                           a proposal that meets their needs.”
   Plasco Energy is a Canadian company that has developed a                                         A report on the proposal is expected to go to Port Moody city                                 January 29-31, 2009. Clean Energy Power.
waste conversion technology that converts residual municipal                                     council this month.                                                                              Stuttgart, Germany. www.cep-expo.de.
waste that is left over after recycling into a fuel gas and other                                Plasco Energy Group                                                                              March 4-6, 2009. Water China. Guangzhou,
valuable products. The company has operated a research facility                                  Enter 7050 on Reader Reply Card                                                                  China. www.waterchina.merebo.com.




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    9     4Refuel ............................................................ www.4refuel.com   10     Pranalytica, Inc. ............................................www.pranalytica.com
   17     Air Phaser Environmental.. ............................... www.airphaser.com           7,16   Pressure Systems ...............................www.pressuresystems.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Protection subscribers
   16     Amiad Filtration Systems ................................www.amiadusa.com              14     Pollutec .............................................................. www.pollutec.ca
                                                                                                                                                                                                         For advertising,
   16     Amistco Separation Products, Inc. . .................... www.amistco.com               19     Royal Roads University .................................... www.royalroads.ca
   16     Containment Solutions .................... www.containmentsolutions.com                16     Raymac Environmental Services Inc. ....................www.raymac.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                          please contact
   17     Greyline Instruments Inc. .................................. www.greyline.com          16     SEI Industries Inc. .............................................. www.sei-ind.com             Regional Managers
   16     Ground Effects Environmental. ..................... www.groundeffects.org              16     Stevens Water Monitoring Systems, Inc. .....www.stevenswater.com                                  Tom Ferguson
    8     Hoskin Scientific Limited ......................................... www.hoskin.ca       16     Waterloo Biofilter Systems Inc. ..............www.waterloo-biofilter.com
   20     Met-Pro Corporation .........................................www.met-pro.com           5,16   Waterra Pumps Limited .................................... www.waterra.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                     (tferguson@baumpub.
    9     Norsteel Buildings Ltd. ......................................www.norsteel.com         16     Vanden Busche Irrigation .........................www.vandenbussche.com                         com) or Jack Ward
   17     N.R. Murphy Ltd. Dust Collectors .....................www.nrmurphy.com                 17     Vaisala ...............................................................www.vaisala.com     (jward@baumpub.com) at
   2,16   Omega Engineering, Inc. .........................................www.omega.ca
                                                                                                                                                                                                          604-291-9900


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