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The SWOWEA Industrial Waste Committee has been working hard on preparing for the upcoming seminar in 2019. The committee has toured prospective industries to review their pretreatment programs and treatment systems. The committee has been vetting prospective speakers for the seminar in order to provide a high quality technical session for your learning pleasure. Also, the committee would like to share the Ohio EPA link for the draft pretreatment and IDP rules which are available for review with comment period ending August 10, 2018.

30th Annual SWOWEA Industrial Waste Seminar/Section Meeting will be held on Thursday – January 24, 2019 from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm at the Manor House in Mason, Ohio. There will be 6.0 contact hours provided with technical sessions along with a full exhibitor hall to learn about new equipment, process, regulations, and technologies for industrial wastewater treatment. An Ohio EPA representative will conduct the keynote presentation to be followed by a presentations about sampling, monitoring, case studies, and much more. A local Southwest Ohio industrial user will receive the Karl Voelkel Award for their excellent pretreatment activities and record during the SWOWEA Executive Business Meeting. An evening mixer from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm will be held in the Atrium for networking with your colleagues. Early invitations for exhibitors will be sent out this fall with registration beginning in late November 2018. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sharon Vaughn at (937) 333-1872 or

Ohio EPA’s Draft Pretreatment and IDP Rules: On July 11, 2018, Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water (DSW) circulated for interested party review draft rule revisions to the Agency’s Pretreatment rules (OAC Chapter 3745-3) and Indirect Discharge Permit (IDP) program rules (OAC Chapter 3745-36). The Agency is undertaking this rulemaking as part of its required five-year review of these rules. As part of this rulemaking, Ohio EPA is considering reorganization of the pretreatment and indirect discharge permit rules in order to eliminate overlap in the current rules and make it easier for the regulated community to find applicable requirements. The draft rulemaking also includes updates to style, grammar and references. Additional information, including Ohio EPA’s letter to interested parties, related fact sheet and the draft rules, are available at http:// 3745-3-and-3745-36. Comments are being accepted through Aug. 10, 2018.

Presentations from the 2018 Industrial Waste seminar:
  • Ohio EPA Environmental Update
  • Making Safety a Priority
  • Center for Innovative Food Technology - Introduction and Overview
  • astewater Pretreatment at Electropolish - Hunter Building
  • OCAPP Services and Business Outreach
  • Coldwater, MI Plan to Take on Additional Industrial Flow
  • Electrocoagulation (EC) by Powell Water

    Presentations from the 2017 Industrial Waste seminar:
  • Ohio EPA Environmental Update
  • Amalgam Waste Disposal and Green Dentistry in the Dental Office
  • Exhibitor Product Demonstration - Triple Clear
  • Municipal Industrial Pretreatment Program
  • Industrial Pretreatment at Standard Aero
  • Exhibitor Product Demonstration PRO-pHx
  • Food Processing Wastewater Treatment…It’s a Lot More than Just Flow
  • Chemical and Biological Removal of Phosphorus to Minimize Harmful Algae Blooms (HAB)

    Presentations from the 2016 Industrial Waste seminar:
  • Ohio EPA Environmental Update
  • Accelerated Lagoon Sludge Digestion Using Biostimulation
  • Energy Upgrades and Performance Contracting
  • Recovery and Beneficial Reuse of Waste from Food and Beverage Companies
  • Managing our Wastewater System while Meeting our Customers’ Demands
  • Handling Modern Trash – Modern Collection Systems Solids Handling Challenges/Energy Savings Advancements

    Presentations from the 2015 Industrial Waste seminar:
  • Environmental Sampling
  • Novel Application of Polyethelenimine Dithiocarbamate
  • Green Infrastructure - Stormwater Reduction and Treatment
  • Technical Justification for Establishing High-Strength Surcharge Rates
  • Converting Waste and Wastewater in One Reactor towards Clean Water and Biogas
  • Industrial Process Water Treatment and Reclamation
  • Ten Year Performance Study for Air Ionized Odor Control
  • EPA Engagement - Water Technology Cluster Organization, Confluence, and More
  • Overhauling a Permanent Flow Monitoring Program Group
  • Green Infrastructure Overview

    Presentations from the 2014 Industrial Waste seminar:
  • Ohio EPA Presentation
  • Success with Center-lining at Wausau Paper Towels & Tissues WWTP
  • Analytical Instrumentation for Wastewater Monitoring
  • Flow Proportional Sampling Techniques
  • Cooperative Success Story New SIU
  • Hauled Waste
  • Vibration Analysis Overview
  • Vibration Analysis Overview Handout
  • Overhauling a Permanent Flow Monitoring Program Group
  • Green Infrastructure Overview

    We have members from the US EPA, wastewater consulting and engineering firms, laboratory services, POTW's, and industry. As long as your area of expertise is industrial wastewater, you will have something in common with everyone on the committee.

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    Committee Members

    Jim Albertz
    Alberz Engineering, LLC
    3621 Vineyard Ridge
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45241
    513-368-9791 voice
    937-742-4444 fax
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    Gene Allen
    City of Harrison
    10999 Campbell Road
    Harrison, OH 45030

    Tom Banks
    Hohman Plating
    814 Hillrose Avenue
    Dayton, OH 45404

    Andrew Brougham
    1600 Gest Street
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45204

    Jeff Frechtling
    11353 Reed Hartman Highway, Suite 500
    Cincinnati, OH 45241

    Will Martin
    Hazen and Sawyer
    7870 East Kemper Road, Suite 300
    Cincinnati, OH 45249

    Doug Grosse
    DWG Consultants LLC
    7595 Shawnee Run Road
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45243br>
    513-569-7676 fax
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    Tony Hardin
    332 Vermont Avenue
    Dayton, OH 45404

    Barb Swafford
    Gerken Swafford Engineering Solutions, LLC
    3291 Morgan Ross Road
    Hamilton, OH 45013

    Sharon Vaughn, CHAIR
    City of Dayton
    Division of Wastewater Treatment
    2800 Guthrie Road
    Dayton, Ohio 45418
    937-333-1826 fax
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