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Where's the beef?: Food waste is key to lowering net energy at West Point

Bill Meinert, PE, a wastewater treatment expert at OBG, recently presented at the Energy Specialty Conference held by the New York Section American Water Works Association (NYSAWWA) and the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) on November 16, 2016 in Albany, New York. Together with joint venture partner Atkins,...

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NYS Business Council's 2016 Environment Conference

Steven Eckler discussed complex projects in a highly regulated state (Photo by NYS Business Council)

On November 14-16, OBG participated in the 2016 Annual Environment Conference, held by The Business Council of New York State in Saratoga Springs, NY. This two-day event brings together experts from the private and public sectors to share the latest information relevant to environmental issues in New York...

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New York State’s Inland Geographic Response Plans

Dr. Lyle Trumbull

Geographic Response Plans (GRPs) are location-specific plans developed to provide guidance for oil spill responses throughout the U.S. Until recently, the majority of crude oil transportation in the U.S. occurred via waterways on oil tankers and barges. As a result, most existing GRPs focus on the...

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18th Annual New England Pretreatment Coordinators Workshop

On October 26-27, 2016, OBG participated in the 18th Annual New England Pretreatment Coordinators Workshop hosted by the New England Regional Pretreatment Coordinator’s Association (NERPCA) and EPA New England. The annual workshop addresses the needs of municipal industrial pretreatment personnel and features pretreatment training, discussions, and presentations by local, state, an...

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Energy Storage Applications for Municipal Utilities in NY

On October 20, 2016, OBG power engineering expert Mohammad Mojdehi, PhD participated in the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) Annual Energy Storage Technology Conference in Syracuse, NY. The annual conference focuses on the latest technological advances, research development, and commercialization efforts in fuel...

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The Hidden Danger of OSHA’s PSM Interpretive Guidance (Part I)

Assessing the Threat

Matt Traister,

My previous Insights article, Changes to OSHA’s Process Safety Management Standard and USEPA’s Risk Management Program, announced that in March 2016, USEPA proposed significant revisions to its accidental release prevention requirements, often referred to as the Risk Management Program (RMP) (40 CFR Part 68). As we await finalization of t...

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International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies & Hazardous Waste Combustors

OBG's Michael Mannuzza discusses thermal treatment applications

OBG is pleased to have sponsored and participated in the 35th Annual International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies & Hazardous Waste Combustors (IT3/HWC) on October 4-6, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  During the conference, a team of OBG energy and advanced manufacturing ...

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Minimal Biosolids Stabilization for Maximum Biogas Production

Trends in the Northeast are moving toward stricter landfilling regulations. Should stricter regulations be enforced, anaerobic digestion offers a potential solution to biosolids management, shifting biogas production from the landfill to the treatment facility. However, given current regulations, landfilling biosolids offers the most cost effective option and greatest energy benefit...

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