Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine (ESEMAG) September 1992

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Expensive solutions to non problems — an eloquent BC viewpoint New effluent limits hit pulp and paper Industry In hard times Edmonton and Toronto use microtunnelling In sewer rehab work Consultants under fire — an editorial comment

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New effluent limits hit pulp & paper industry in tough times By Steve E. Bessada and Susan F. Liver


Trenchless rehabilitation techniques for sewer and watermains

Review by Peter Coxon and Les Parr


Expensive solutions to non-problems — a creative waste of public money Comment by Dr. F.J. Blatherwick


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Did lead cause the decline of great empires?


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Editorial Comment

Consulting profession under fire They are spending millions on consultants — for God's sake! Media pundit on TV discussing munici pal spending.

The statement was tossed off

with the arrogance typical of certain media types, many of whom are certifiably illiterate in engineering economics. Seldom does ignorance ofcomplex problems restrain them from pontificating, with great as surance, on subjects clearly beyond their intellectual capabilities. Economic illiteracy also seems con tagious.Shortly after I heard this pejora tive reference to consultants from the

media pundit, other proposals emerged from some councillors. They felt they could save money by having in-house engineering staff do much of the work currently done by consultants and pri vate sector laboratories.

Ignorance is pervasive. The media pundit unwittingly labelled major con sulting projects as 'frills' that could be severed from municipal budgets with out impacting on municipal infrastruc tures. He could not have been more

wrong. The roads he drove on that day. the water he drank, the air he breathed and even the structures and transmis

sion equipment of the station from which his imbecilic drivel was being transmitted: all had been profoundly influenced by private labs and consult ing engineers. Had he wandered through a typical consulting firm, he might have noted the pictorial displays of vital projects that consultants have designed over the years. Not only roads,bridges and storm

water management schemes, but also airports,industrial complexes,drinking water and wastewater treatment plants. If one could magically obliterate them with a wave of a wand(only temporarily of course), the nation would immedia tely grind to a standstill while waterborne epidemics would ravage the

Another legendary figure was the To ronto born Dr. G. Nasmith. He held an

M.A., Ph.D., D.P.H. and D.Sc., all from

the University of Toronto. From 1902 to 1909 he was a chemist and bacteriologist to the Ontario Board of Health. Serving in World War I, he rose to Lieutenant-

Colonel, and devised field methods of


purifying army drinking water for both

Philosopher George Santayana, said that those who ignore the lessons of his tory are doomed to repeat its mistakes. And the history of Canadian consulting engineering should be writ in marble on the walls of municipal offices. For it is a story ofremarkable endeavours and ser

the Canadian and British Armies. He

vice to society. Well before the turn of this century,

Willis Chipman,probably Canada's first consulting engineer in private practice, was deeply involved in what was then known as sanitary engineering — a dis cipline which undoubtedly saved more lives than did all the luminaries of the

medical profession. He and other envi ronmental pioneers were designing life saving facilities over a century before most of the present day activists groups were formed.

The world rightly honours Dr. Chris tian Barnard whose pioneering work led to the first heart transplants. While a triumph of surgical dexterity, the num ber oflives saved by heart transplants is minuscule when compared to the lives saved by the environmental pioneers such as Thomas Keefer, Willis Chipman, Dr. Albert Berry and many others.These people laid the foundations of drinking water and wastewater systems which first curbed, then wiped out cholera, ty phoid and other killer diseases of the day which ravaged Canadians.

was given the C.M.G. for distinguished services to the British Army in health and sanitation. When World War I

ended, he formed a partnership in 1919 with two engineers, William Gore and William Storrie, which has grown stea dily over seven decades and is now known as Gore & Storrie Limited.

Pioneering consultingengineers such as Proctor & Redfern, MacLaren, R.V. Anderson, M.M. Dillon (Mlurray Dillon

had been a Deputy Quartermaster Ge neral in the Canadian Army) La Fon taine Cowie Buratto, Marshall, Macklin

and Monaghan, ADI,SNC,UIS^,Asso ciated Engineering and many others have served Canada better than it

knows. Their legacy endures while be ing unknown to the public they serve and protect. It is clear that some remarkable engineers,chemists and scientists helped to create what is now the Canadian con

sulting engineering profession, a body well suited and equipped to tackle the formidable environmental problems now emerging on a global scale. One remarkable civil servant. Dr.

Albert Edward Berry, recognized their value. After serving as a 2nd Lieutenant in World War I, he spent most of his life as a civil servant,ultimately heading the Ontario Water Resources Commission

from its first day of creation in the midfifties. Later OWRC evolved into the

present Ministry of the Environment. Dr. Berry's work led to international ac claim. He is still the only man ever to have served as President ofthe American Water Works Association and the Water Environment Federation. AWWA and

WEF are the largest bodies in the world dealing with water and wastewater treat


ment and his feat was a signal honour

for Canadian expertise in the environ mental disciplines. Dr. Berry presided over the largest single development of water and wastewater treatment plants in the world during the fifties, sixties and seventies. I believe that no other political jurisdic tion in the world has ever matched the

size and scope of Ontario's massive en vironmental construction surge during Trunk sewer in what is now Metro Toronto was designed almost 70 years ago. Photo courtesy Proctor & Redfern.

this era. As I stated at a recent CEO/ MOE seminar,it was a most remarkable

Environmental Science d Engineering, September 1992

By Tom Davey symbiosis of skilled government engin eering staff working in harmony with engineers from the private sector.** Significantly,Dr.Berry did not use inhouse staff for most design work but retained the design services of con sultants during this epic feat. When he died at the age of90, he could look back at a province which had 95 percent of urban communities served by modern sewage treatment plants — most ofthem

Britain in his quest for scientific and

was the second APEG President. When

tal and health matters. He was widely published in his day and worked tire lessly for the professional associations, traits which seemed common among these engineering greats, and inciden tally, is still a tradition among con

he died in 1929, his Iron Ring, denoting the calling of the engineer, was buried with him. He knew the younger Dr. Albert Berry — destined to become an environmental legend who was also a founding member of APEG. What about using in house engineer ing staff? Well, I yield to no man in my admiration for most municipal engin eering staff. Simply running the com plex public works projects in today's municipalities, especially with media and public pressures, is tough demand ing work. But can municipal engineers also be expected to be experts in rapidly changing high-tech water and wastewater processes, hydrology, site reme-


In 1901, he formed what was Cana

da's first consulting practice, Chipman

with nutrient removal. Even more im

and Power at the dawn of the 20th Cen

portant, 98 percent of urban dwellers had treated drinking water. Worldrenowned experts at a World Health Organization meeting I attended in

tury. Ontario during this period had the dubious distinction of having typhoid rates of24.4 per 100,000 people when the

1982,in Rome,were vastly impressed by this record.

Even before the Chipman era, engin eering giants such as Thomas Keefer had made significant progress in the design

Professional Engineers of Ontario. He

technical information on environmen

European average was 8 per 100,000

Like the Keefer Brothers, Willis Chipman was deeply involved in pro fessional development and became a founding member of the Association of

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and construction of waterworks pro

jects, some on a consultative basis. One of his water pumping stations, built in 1859, near Hamilton, is still in perfect working order and the site of regular pilgrimages when environmental pro fessionals hold meetings in the area.

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Thomas Keefer was born in Thorold, Ontario,in 1821, worked both as an em

ployee and consultant on many projects and was appointed chiefengineer ofthe Montreal Water Works. He worked on


projects for Montreal, Quebec City, St. Catharines, Hamilton,Ottawa,London

and Dartmouth, NS. Not only did he

design several water supply systems across Canada, he also introduced civil

engineering to McGill and became its first professor of Civil Engineering in *5';

1856. His half brother Samuel Keefer, born in 1811, was also a remarkable en

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gineer who worked on the first Welland Canal,designed one ofthe first link sus pension bridge systems in North Ame


rica in 1836,and engineered many other eminent public works. Thomas Keefer, while not a consul


tant as we know the profession today, definitely provided consulting services and laid the bedrock for education in

civil engineering before he died in his 94th year in 1915. In 1887, when the Ca nadian Society of Civil Engineers was formed, with head offices in Montreal, Thomas became the first President.Two

years later Samuel was elected to the same high post* Willis Chipman, a remarkable man who could trace his lineage to William the Conqueror, was almost certainly Canada's first consulting engineer as practised today. Born in Ontario, Willis Chipman graduated from McGill with

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the best hydro-geologists to analyze pro blems. recommend solutions, pay their fees and implement their recommenda tions?

Consultants have professional res ponsibilities for the engineering quality of their work, often relieving clients of many legal and employment liabilities — definite plus in hiring consultants. Other advantages come when con sultants design complex water and air treatment systems. Consultants impose no immutably fixed staff costs to muni



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Industry Update Canadian Environment

Industry Association Ontario Chapter Conference, Oct. 15 This year's Conference will again be held at the Ontario Science Centre. The Conference theme is: "Canada's Envi

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21 per cent. At present, exports to other provinces and countries account for up to 25 per cent of industry product sales and 10 to 15 per cent ofservice sales. According to the report, areas for expansion in the coming decade are in the United States, Mexico and Europe.

and the treatment of hazardous waste.

The solid and hazardous waste manage ment industry predicts the fastest rate of growth in materials recovery, site de commissioning and hazardous waste destruction.The expected annual growth rates over the next five years according

ronmental Industry — Meeting the Competitive Challenge." Ontario Envi ronment Minister Ruth Grier will open

• air pollution control companies,9-13

the conference and federal Environ ment Minister Jean Charest will be the

• water pollution control companies,

to industry are: per cent;

Bugs reactor mops up wool Industry wastes Environmentally harmful wastes from

10-15 per cent;

luncheon speaker. The morning plen ary session will focus on the nature of the environmental challenge. After lunch there will be break-out sessions on Finance, Markets, Innovation and

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Policy. This will be followed by a Clos ing Plenary, CEIA's annual meeting and a cocktail reception.

Contact Steering Committee Chair Jane Pagel at(416)231-41II Ext.6279 or James P. Higgins, Conference Chair man at(416)674-0582.

Ont. environmental

protection Industry to grow by 14 per cent for next five years Tighter government regulations and in creased environmental awareness by

business and consumers will keep the environmental protection industry growing at an estimated 14 per cent per year for the next five years, according to a report by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. The environmental pro tection industry, which employs about 30,000 people, is creating new jobs in hydrogeology, environmental science and air quality chemistry, according to the study, prepared by management consultants Ernst & Young. "The need to prevent and reduce toxic discharges and solid waste is producing major economic spin-offs in the form of jobs and new technology. The environ mental protection industry not only will allow us to hand over a cleaner and

environmentally safer world to the next

generation, but also will offer new and challenging career opportunities," said Environment Minister Ruth Grier.

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Industry Update the wool industry may soon be disarmed by a special blend of microbes housed in

are mainly the pesticides used in sheep dips and under a $2.2 million clean-up project. Prof. Burns and his colleagues are isolating microbes from various UK wool industry sites. Many of the mic

on-site reactors. Research that will lead to the establishment of the first such reactor in Britain within the next 18

months is being carried out by Professor Richard Burns from Kent University. His microbiological and biochemical work is backed by a group of wool scour ing companies and a $1.2 million finan cial support from the UK Government. The wool industry's waste products

robes have been found to be unassociated

with the industry but thrive where exten sive contamination by pesticides over many years has left the land barren.

Kent University laboratories, the aim is to reproduce these conditions in a reac tor that can be set up on the site to treat waste pumped directly into it from wool scouring plants. The reactors will be scaled-up ver sions of Prof. Burns" laboratory experi ments and will be built by the March Consulting Group, whose environmen

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Institute of Science and Technology. Prof. Burns commented:"At present, wool industry effluent is discharged di rectly into sewers, used in landfill sites or incinerated. These processes are cos tly, time-consuming and increasingly unfriendly to the environment — disad vantages that will be overcome by the introduction of the new on-site reactors


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Industry Update ment of the grant will be spread over five years.

The School has strong Canadian con nections. It began in February 1991 with the appointment of Professor Philip Jones from the University of Toronto as the Foundation Professor and Head of

School.Peter Laughton. VP of Anderson Associates, flew over to assist Dr. Jones

in curriculum developments. Early plans include the mounting of a postgraduate program leading to the degrees of Graduate Diploma in Waste Management and a Master ofEngineer ing Science in Waste Management. In addition,a number ofscholarships

vironment,Energy and Northern Mines and Development. According to the report;

• Inco,whose total project cost increased by more than $100 million to $600 million, expects a net annual savings of $90 million a year from the new technology — some of which is now up and running. Smelting operations emitted 572 kt of sulphur dioxide in 1991.

sions to 75 kt at full operating capacity. • In 1991 Ontario Hydro emitted 167 kt of sulphur dioxide and 223 kt of sul phur dioxide and nitric oxide com bined. Both were below the corpora tion's limit for the year. Further, On tario Hydro, which expects to invest about $2.7 billion by the year 2000 to cut acid gas emissions, spent about $305 million in 1991.

• Falconbridge, which emitted 69.6 kt of sulphur dioxide in 1991, says that by 1998 it hopes to reduce its emis

Details; The Ontario Ministry of the Environment's Public Centre; 1-800-565-4923.


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academic ventures. He was the driving force in the founding of the U of Ts Institute for Environmental Studies. A

contributor to ES&E. he has long been known for his outspoken views.


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Under the six-year-old program Inco Ltd., Falconbridge Ltd., Algoma Steel Corporation Ltd. and Ontario Hydro must reduce their combined sulphur dioxide emissions to 665 kt by 1994 from the 1986 total legal limit of 1,389 kt. Specifically: • Inco mustcut its annual sulphur diox ide emissions from its copper and nic kel smelter complex in Sudbury to 265 kt in 1994 from 685 kt limit in 1986;

• Falconbridge must cut its annual sul phur dioxide emissions from its cop per and nickel smelter complex in Sudbury to 100 ktin 1994from the 154 kt limit in 1986:

• Algoma must cut its annual sulphur dioxide emissions from its iron ore

sintering plant in Wawa to 125 kt in 1994 from the 180 kt limit in 1986;

• Ontario Hydro must cut its annual sulphur dioxide emissions from its oil and coal-fuelled generating stations to 175 kt in 1994 from the 370 kt limit

in 1986 and its combined sulphur di

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oxide and nitric oxide emissions to 215 kt from the 430 kt limit in 1986.

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Privatized UK Water

Board makes Epic purchase Profound changes occurred in the UK in 1989,when the ten public water authori ties serving England and Wales were privatized. Now some of these newly privatized groups are not only aggres sively marketing their expertise world wide but also getting into the equip

introduced the 1022 fixed-site waste'

The 18,000 sq. ft. Epic building

ment business.

The Northumbrian Water Group, for example, has acquired Epic Products, now the largest UK manufacturer of au tomatic wastewater samplers. Epic also exports some 33 percent of its output through 22 distributors world wide, in cluding Cancoppas Ltd., of Oakville,

Ont. in Canada. The acquisition puts a half billion dollar company behind Epic's marketing thrust. ES&E publisher Tom Davey visited the brand new Epic building close by the Manchester Ship Canal and not far from where Ardern and Lockett devel

oped Activated Sludge methodology around 1914. The Davyhulme sewage treatment plant,where Activated Sludge was first implemented,is still in use and now spanned by a modern motorway

which allows motorists a good view of the historic facility, most of whom are oblivious to its historical significance. Epic manufactures both portable and fixed-site automatic samplers for wastewater, effluent and sewage treatment

applications. These include the 1030 sludge sampler designed to extract sam ples of sewage sludge from pipelines and tanks and the best-selling 1011 port able sampler, used by water companies for process control and monitoring at treatment plants, for investigational purposes and to sample trade effluents to determine water charge rates.

In 1991 Epic launched the 1511, the world's first battery-powered, intrinsi cally-safe portable waste water sampler for Zone 1 hazardous areas. Patented

water sampler which comes as a com plete wall-mounted package. The 1022 is simple to use, with sufficient ver satility to monitor all types of flow con ditions, yet can be installed quickly and at low cost.

The 18,000 sq. ft. Epic plant was ex pressly designed to build samplers and dubbed The house that MISA built'.

George Levey, Epic's Managing Direc tor, was interviewed by ES&E in Eng land. A flip chart in his office was evi dence he is brushing up his French in spare moments.

This is the third report on UK activities following a recent ES&E tour.(EC's blue


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New effluent limits hit pulp & paperindustry

New Federal Pulp and Paper

Effluent Regulations, which came into effect in May 1992

By Steve E. Bessada, B.Sc., and

Susan F. Liver, M.Eng., P.Eng.*

under the Fisheries Act, are

pushing many mills to install biological secondary treatment systems, despite tough economic times. These regula tions, which limit biochemical oxygen demand(BOD),suspended solids(SS), and toxicity, apply to all mills — unlike the 1971 regulations which included a grandfather clause for existing mills. As over 90 percent of the country's current mills existed before 1971,the 1971 regu lations have carried little weight, and effluent treatment has largely been dic tated by provincial standards. The new regulations link discharge limits to mill production:BOD to 7.5 kg/ tonne ofthe mill's finished product,and SS to 11.25 kg/tonne. Mills that were in operation prior to November 3,1971 will be eligible to apply for an authorization to discharge at higher limits, but even

vides a year's grace, deferring the com pliance date to DecemberSl,1993. Mills may apply for a further extension to this Transitional

those limits have been made stricter.



would allow the compliance date to be pushed further ahead to December 31,

Toxicity limits also are being stipulated. 1995.To receive this extension,however, Effluent must be non-acutely lethal to . a mill must prove there are extraor rainbow trout and Daphnia magna. dinary circumstances beyond its control "Non-acutely lethal" means that less that prevent it from meeting the earlier than 50 percent of these organisms die deadline. Such circumstances might include fi after a standard exposure time in ICQ nancial hardship, technical delays, or percent effluent. competing environmental priorities. Financial hardship considerations in Deadline extensions The discharge limits in the new Pulp clude the extent to which the capital and Paper Effluent Regulations will investment required would undermine come into force December 1, 1992. It's both the long-term viability of the mill unlikely that any Canadian mills will be and its obligations to equity or debt able to meet this compliance deadline holders. Technical delays may include unless they already have treatment sys the need to complete treatability studies, construction delays, strikes and lock tems in place. Accordingly, a mechan ism exists whereby mills may apply for a outs. Corporations with many mills and Transitional Authorization, which pro- insufficient funds to provide treatment at all their facilities may have to priori tize their total environmental needs.


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Compliance would be prioritized where the needs are greatest — to mills on par ticularly sensitive receiving streams,for example. Key dates under the regula tions are highlighted in Table 1. Environmental Effects Monitoring The BOD,SS,and toxicity levels serve

Ministry of the Environment for a grant under the Ministry's Environ mental Technologies Program.The grant,which will provide supportfor the commercial field trials, will provide up to approximately $900,000, which represents one third of total project costs.

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100 Sears technicians wiii be using the Blue Bottle™ products in their daily routine servicing of refrigerators and residentiai air conditioners. D'Arcy Sweeney Ltd. wiil be collecting CFCs normaliy lost to the atmosphere when purging commercial scale air conditioners.

as a baseline with which all mills must




the sampling of fish, sediment, and water in the receiving body, and are re quired to be conducted every three years.

The EEM requirement will even tually be extended to other industrial sectors — the mining sector being the next one scheduled. Few Canadian

CFC Recycling Plant Under Construction Halozone has started the fabrication of the first recycling facility for CFCs, where

the refrigerant captured in the Blue Bottle™ cylinders will be recovered and purified ready for reuse. This first plant wiil be constructed at the ORTECH International site in

Mississauga, Ontario. Engineers and scientists from ORTECH will be collaborating with Halozone to run this first facility and with the running and evaluation of the field trials.

Halozone plans to construct a mobile skid-mounted CFC recycling unit designed to capture dilute air-borne CFC emissions for use in industrial plant applications, where CFCs are lost to the atmosphere during manufacturing process e.g. of foam products.

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companies, and none of the mills, have the capability ofperforming all the sam pling and analysis work required under an EEM,so it is likely the major envi ronmental consulting companies will team up to provide full EEM services B.A.R. Envtronmental Inc. and Gore &

Storrie Ltd. have already formed an af filiation for providing such services. Dioxin/furan issue

Besides the new Federal Pulp and *Steve Bessada is a Project Engineer and Susan Liver a Pulp & Paper Coor dinator in the Wastewater Technology Division at Gore & Storrie Limited.

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dressed by the regulations are adsorbable organic halogens (AOX). a mea surement for chlorinated organics. AOX is not covered under the new

clude activated sludge treatment using air or oxygen, aerated stabilization ba sins, fixed growth biofilter reactors,oxi dation ditches — even anaerobic systems

Federal Pulp and Paper Effluent Regu lations' — perhaps because a Federal report. Effluents from Pulp Mills Using Bleaching, which was leaked to the press

on certain streams,followed by aerobic polishing. All such technologies have been successfully applied within the pulp industry.

in October 1991. found no correlation between AOX levels in the effluent and

its effect on the receiving environment. As a result of the report's recommenda tion. however, effluent from pulp mills using bleaching is now classified as a Steve Bessada

Paper Effluent Regulations under the Fisheries Act, there are two new regula tions under the Canadian Environmen

tal Protection Act (CEPA) that affect pulp and paper mills. They address the much-publicized dioxin and furan is

sue. One controls the use of polychlorinated phenols(PCPs)and defoamers that contain dioxins and furans (al though most defoamers are now furan-

and dioxin-free). The second applies to mills that use chlorine for bleaching. It

has a relatively well-understood ther-

a precedent-setting move, because to date only single, measurable substances

momechanical pulp(TMP)wastewater, G&S designed three parallel 5-10 L/d bench-scale activated sludge reactors to confirm that the effluent treatment per formance and design parameters were

such as lead have been classified under

similar to those at other TMP mills. At

this Act. Research, which is currently underway, may lead to regulations in a few years.

another mill having a groundwood, supercalender wastewater, a 36 mVd pilot scale activated sludge treatability study is under way for determining the sitespecific effects of clay on wastewater treatment, the resulting sludge proper ties, and the effects of seasonal toxicity variations on the treatment process. The new Federal Pulp and Paper Ef fluent Regulations will go a long way towards improving the quality of the receiving environment. They do. how

toxic substance under the CEPA.This is

Treatment options While a few newer mills are working towards the concept of zero discharge with technologies such as freeze crys tallization and evaporation, most older

requires that no measurable concen trations ofthe two most toxic dioxin and

furan congeners ( and 2.3,7.8-TCDF)be present in the effluent. These compounds are being regulated because they are extremely toxic and have a high potential for bioaccumulating.

ever. come at a difficult time for most

Canadian mills. With pulp prices dep ressed. and many older mills struggling to survive against competition with newer, high-capacity mills, the regula tions pose a difficult challenge, but one that must be met.

Market pressures Market pressures provide an addi

'AOX is covered, however, under some provincial regulations. British Columbia

tional incentive for mills to reduce

molecular chlorine usage. Reportedly, environmentally-concerned purchasers are willing to pay premium prices for pulp and paper manufactured with technologies that reduce or eliminate chlorinated organics. Certainly the trend in Europe is towards not just re ducing molecular chlorine usage, through substituting chlorine dioxide, but a totally chlorine-free manufacturing process. For example, according to Ca nadian Water Watch, many German papermakers now accept nothing but chlorine-free kraft pulp. In Sweden, pulp mills have until 2010 to switch to bleaching processes that eliminate dis charges of organochlorines entirely. Says Canadian Water Watch '. "This trend in Europe is of vital importance for the Canadian pulp and paper industry as most Canadian paper is produced for export." The publication goes on to warn that one B.C. pulp and paper pro ducer reported losing $5.5-milIion in

Gore & Storrie has worked on a vari

ety of effluent treatment approaches for pulp wastewaters. At one mill, which

requires that mill effluent meet a limit of

Susan Liver

mills have closed and buried sewer sys tems — and relatively high water usage — so this is not a viable option. Biologi cal treatment, then, is usually the treat ment of choice; but choosing the opti mal technology is usually site-specific. Biological treatment technologies in

1.5 kg AOX per air-dried tonne by 1995 and that it contain no AOX by the year 2002. Draft provincial regulations for Quebec limit discharges to 1.5 kg AOX/ tonne for bleached pulp and 2.5 kg AOX/ tonne for bleached pulp produced from wood that is more than 50 percent softwood.



August 31,1992

Mills must submit information to a regional authorization officer regarding mill ownership,emergency spill response plans, finished product production rate, and effluent outfalls.

December 1, 1992

BOD,SS,and toxicity effluent limits come into force; routine effluent monitoring begins

December 31,1993

Latest date for expiry of a Transitional Authorization

sales because it could not meet German

demands for chlorine-free paper.

December 31, 1995

Latest date for expiry of an extension to a Transitional Authorization.

Precedent-setting move for pulp mills

April 1, 1996

First Environment Effects Monitoring (EEM)report due.

using chlorine Another controversial topic, not ad

Environmental Science cfe Engineering, September 1992


In situ pipe remediation

By Peter Coxon, P.Eng., & Les Parr, P.Eng.*

Trenchless rehabilitation techniques for sewer and watermains

Canada has over 100.000 km of sewer pipes and approx imately 200.000 km of water pipe installed underground.

The total value of this infrastructure is in the order of $60 billion, with some

where between 30-50% ofthe infrastructure needing repair. In the current tough economic times, maintenance dollars are hard to find.

Even in good times, minimal amounts of public funds are devoted to under ground infrastructure. This is often the case, as the maintenance of under

ground infrastructure is not perceived to be a priority by the public and because the rate and extent of deterioration of the infrastructure is not realized or un derstood. For these reasons,the amount

of money(as a percent of the infrastruc ture value) dedicated to infrastructure maintenance has decreased over the

years while the distribution networks Unlined ductile Iron pipe and lined ductile iron pipe (right)

have increased in size.

One of the challenges facing munici palities. consultants and contractors is to find more economical and efficient

means of carrying out routine main tenance on our aging infrastructure. Modern techniques like TV inspections have enabled engineers to identify areas of weaknesses in a water or sewer pipe, before structural failure or collapses oc cur. Computer based networks enable engineers to identify deterioration in supply and distribution systems, before hydraulic failures occur. This in itself is an advance in infrastructure


This cost effectiveness is offset only to a degree by some loss of the cross sec

tional area of the pipe. Methods used in the rehabilitation of

sewer and watermains may be divided into four categories. 1) Inversion Relining 2) Insertion or Sliplining 3) Modified Sliplining 4) Pipe Spraying Inversion relining consists of a polyes ter tube impregnated with a resin, which is inverted under pressure into the pipe

now well established in Canada and has

been used to refine many sewers. Al though it has notyetgained thesame accep tancefor watermain relining, it is interest ing to note that it is listed in theANSI/NSF Standard 61 "Listed Drinking Water Sys

tem Components". It should therefore only be a matter of time before it gains recognition as a suitable watermain fi ner.

Inversion techniques are available for diameters in the range of 100 mm to 1500 mm. Refining of sewers is under taken from manhole to manhole. Tech

niques are available to remotely cut out lateral connections. It is therefore poss ible to refine a sewer with no excavation

The total value of this infrastructure is in the

required. Refining of a watermain does

order of$60 biilion, with somewhere between 30-50% of the infrastructure needing repair.

require the excavation of access pits

to be refined and forced onto the pipe

tenance. Often the next step in the pro cess is to replace the deteriorated section of the network, using economic ration ale that money spent now. will save greater costs later. However, techniques are available to rehabilitate the line in situ,for most pipe material and sizes and in particular,for non-person entry pipe sizes, as is the case for the majority of water and sewer installations. In many cases, rehabilita

forms a new smooth fining to the pipe, thus reducing the friction factor within the pipe and improving the hydraulic characteristics of the overall system. Any structural improvements to the system will be a function of the ad

tion is more cost effective both short-

herence of the finer to the existing pipe

wall. The tube or "sock" is sized to suit

the existing pipe I.D.The resin is usually set thermally by heating water, pumped into the finer. The hardened material

and long-term than pipe replacement.

and the material used for the finer itself.

*Proctor & Redfern Limited

Insituform developed in the UK is an example of an inversion refining that is


or shafts, every 100 to 300 m.The system is good for pipes out of round and may be easily used for systems with bends. Insertion or sliplining is probably the oldest form ofin situ pipe rehabilitation. Quite simply it involves the insertion of a new pipe in the existing pipe. The an nular space is then grouted to ensure an integral system. This system offers a finished product that is structurally su perior to that of the inversion refining technique, but with a drawback of a re latively large loss (up to 20%) in crosssectioned area. However,due to a reduc tion in friction factors, and other im

provements like the reduction in infil tration in sewers for example, most often the sliplined system has increased hydraulic capacity over the original sys-

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Trenchless Rehabilitation

Techniques, con't tern. Other drawbacks include the reconnection of laterals and the need for

good access to feed long pipe lengths. The requirement of good access, can be overcome if short lengths of plastic pipe are individually inserted and welded, screwed or jointed by some other me thod. The grouting of the annular space requires good working conditions and an understanding of the process. Des pite the drawback of this technique, it may be used to reline pipe relatively cheaply, using average construction equipment and crew. The Buttress-Loc system is an example of such a system





and is available in Canada.

Modified sliplining refers to a technique that is an enhancement ofthe basic sliplining process. The essential difference

of the existing pipe, as it is being

is that the liner is sized and installed to


fit firmly against the existing pipe thus eliminating the annular space and re ducing the loss in cross-sectional area. This technique has been used for pipe diameters ranging from 150 mm to

This method has the advantage of minimum disruption and a relatively fast installation time. Annular space grouting is required in some installa tions and for most refining techniques,

1000 mm.

lateral connections have to be made

There are two basic types of modi fied slipliners.

good. Rib Loc is an example of such a system and is available in Canada. These systems have chiefly been devel

The first involves a reduction in the diameter ofthe liner to enable it to enter

the existing pipe. Once in place, it is reverted to its original size to fill the internal diameter of the existing pipe. One technique, developed by British Gas and now used in Canada,is to pass a P.E, pipe through a reduction die and rely on the memory of the plastic to re vert or relax to its original size. Another technique, called U-Liner involves the manufacture ofP.E. pipe in a"U"shape

oped for smaller diameter pipe. Appli cations for larger diameters are expected in the near future.

Spray refining systems are the fourth basic technique available for the reha bilitation of pipelines. Spray liners can be utilized for either structural or non-

structural applications and consist of cement mortar or epoxy materials, de pending on the type ofservice.These are suitable for sewer, water, gas and indus-

Current pipeline rehabilitation projects are primarily driven by structural and/or hydraulic inadequacies in the pipes.

ductile iron watermains, where cus

tomers complain of musty tastes, dirty water appearance or water staining.The system may be structurally and hydraulically sound, but be in need of a cleaning program. While cleaning will remove scale and corrosion buildup and generally reduce customer com plaints, it will leave the pipe wall un protected from future corrosion. It is therefore desirable to protect the pipe wall and cement motor lining is an ideal application, particularly in areas of ag gressive water. As outlined, there are many systems available for the rehabilitation of water

and sewer pipelines. Depending on the condition ofthe existing system and the required service of the rehabilitated sys tem,one technique will be more suitable rect technique is critical. Current pipeline rehabilitation pro jects are primarily driven by structural

trial applications. Advantages include a small loss in pipe cross-sectional area and little reconnection work required for lateral connections, as the spray sys

the bottom of a sewer manhole Xor

be fixed before spraying. Continuous inflow to the pipe during spraying could result in the liner being thinned out and/


liners is to be found in old cast iron or

than another. The selection of the cor

using a thermo-mechanical tool. This pipe is transported to site and installed through the existing pipe. A heat/pres sure treatment procedure "unfolds" the pipe and pushes it tightly against the wall of the existing pipe. These liners result in improved hydraulic and structural performance and are suitable for most types of service, including sewer and water applications. The second type of modified slipliner called spiral winding,is suitable forgravity applications only. The system is based upon a special T-ribbed extruded plastic profile, with interlocking edges. When fed through a machine located in example, a spirally-wound tube or pipe is formed and advances along the length

or not adhering properly to the existing pipe wall. A particular application for spray

tem maintains the connection without

blockage. Good preparation ofthe existing pipe is essential, before the spray may be ap plied. The pipe bore has to be cleared of any material buildup or encrustation. Often, particularly in the case of old watermains,a cleaning agent is required to soften the scale and corrosion build

up, before cleaning can commence. After cleaning, the line must be inspec ted for infiltration leaks and these should

and/or hydraulic inadequacies in the pipes. Implementation of rehabilitation using the above techniques also results in improvement in water quality in water distribution systems. Public con cern regarding water quality in general is stimulating demand for advanced water treatment technologies and it is anticipated that these same concerns may provide further impetus for rehabi litation, particularly in older unlined cast iron systems. Additional benefits derived by the public in the implemen tation of the above techniques, include the absence of air and noise pollution, surface disruption, traffic delays and subsequent surface settlements usually associated with conventional open-cut excavation.

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Dr. F.J. Blatherwick*

Expensive Solutions to Non-Probiems — a creative waste of public money

Everybodyis moreenvironmen

tally conscious today than a decade ago and surveys tell us that the public is prepared to pay to clean up our environment. But,is the public willing to pay large tax dol lars to resolve non-problems? This pre sentation will look at a couple of very expensive solutions to non-problems. The expensive solution will work be cause there is no problem to start with. People do not lie awake at night won dering where their hospital garbage is going. However, when asked,they auto matically assume hospital garbage is more hazardous than domestic garbage. Unfortunately,so do some public health officials, engineers and politicians. Thus when expensive systems are put in place to handle hospital garbage, the public assumes that this is good public policy. The United States Congress commissioned a report on The Public Health Implications of Hospital Garbage which concluded that hospital garbage

poses no greater harm to public health than domestic garbage. The medical li terature supports this non-problem finding. Therefore, do we need to spend multi-million dollars handling hospital garbage as a special waste? No. Are we? Yes.

With its spectacular waterfront, Vancouver is seen as a Utopia by many ... We will spend huge sums of money trative system has been created to en washing the dirt at Expo, yet we have sure that dirt is purged ofoffending con tamination before use.

As Medical Health Officer, I have

been heavily involved in planning the movement of dirt from the former Expo site. The site has a few hot spots for con tamination, but generally is level "A"

still not sited a proper contaminated waste site for storage and disposal in the Province of B.C. Therefore, all the

household pesticides, insecticides, paints, grease and oils coming into the Province remain here, either going into

Something closer to the construction industry is the movement of dirt. We

dirt on the Expo site was around $12

our landfills, sewers, rivers, oceans or in our streets. Last time Vancouver collec

million. The actual cost to date for the

ted household'toxic" wastes, we shipped

excavate dirt to build new buildings and new housing. We conceive of some dirt

first 3 of7 parcels stands at $55 million. I will discuss what you get for $55 million dollars (washed dirt) and the serious cost consequences as we expand the Expo site perceptions to all construction

dirt. The initial estimate to handle the

as being "toxic"in that things in the dirt could leach out into drinking water and conceive that such dirt should be han

dled in a different way than ordinary dirt. We categorize such contaminated and hospital waste as "special waste". Toxic dirt has been categorized into resi dential dirt(level "A", unrestricted use); industrial dirt(level "B" — unrestricted use in industrial areas); and level "C" dirt which has to be cleaned before be


what we collected to Sarnia — does this

make any sense? The public in surveys tell us they want clean air. clean water, reduced waste,

more recycling and a cleanup of the en vironment. Rather than just moving on

With finite resources, we must learn to

these issues, we have, however, become

spend our dollars well, and not waste

paralyzed in taking action.PCBs are not good for the environment, they are not good for humans to drink or swim in — but in the ways humans are normally exposed to PCBs, they have absolutely

them on non-issues. Some environmen

tal threats undoubtedly deserve atten tion, but if we are not to run out of am munition, we must learn to aim before we shoot.

ing used anywhere. A massive adminisHospital Garbage & Washing Dirt From 1950 to 1990, we scared the pop

been shown to not be harmful to hu mans. We know how to collect PCBs

and to destroy PCBs and thus rid our selves of the problem, but in B.C. we do not. We store them — we spend

*Dr. John Blatherwick Is Medical Health

ulation with the threat of nuclear wars.

Officer for the City of Vancouver. He gra duated In Medicine from the University of Alberta In 1969. His career In public

health began as Assistant Medical Of

In the 1980"s, we began to scare with environmental disasters, depletion of the ozone layer, destruction of the rain forests, global warming, and the like.

to avoid using the known solution of destroying them. You have the classic

ficer In Vancouver In 1972. He has been

Both the nuclear threat and the environ

case of the Quebec PCBs being sent to

Surgeon Commander In the Naval Re serve for 30 years and Is the author of

mental threat are man-made threats

and both can be changed with consider

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more and more money(now in the mil lions) to store them and always manage

continued overleaf


Expensive solutions to non-problems, continued England for destruction — refused in England — and ending up in the Prime

mobiles despite 1.6% of people dying in automobiles (1600 people in 100,000).

Minister's riding of Baie Comeau and a show of force being required to land the

It's a risk level we all accept.

materials. For all I know, the PCBs are still there! Alberta with its Swan Hills

site is the only province to tackle the issues.

People are an interesting species; 25% of them smoke despite knowing that 1 in 4 ofthem will die from doing it. That works out to 1 in 16 people know ingly killing themselves slowly. Vir tually 100% of people travel in auto

In environmental issues,some people are asking for zero risk. When com pared to automobile travel, let alone smoking,the risks currently are already virtually zero. But because we can test to parts per million, billion and trillion, we want the lab test to read zero despite a part per quadrillion being one second in 32,000 years! One example of the demand for en vironmental improvement sits in the

heart of Vancouver — the former Expo lands.These lands on the north shore of

False Creek are where industry was first established in the city. Railway tracks covered the area and one corner had a

coal burning electrical generation plant.

Slowly as the old industry moved out, the south shore of False Creek was transformed into a residential area,and

following Expo the north shore area was to be developed. When the lands were sold, one clause

in the sale put the onus on the Provin cial Government to clean up the envi ronmental contamination on the site

before development of the site could take place.'When this was made public, it was estimated that the cost ofthe clean

up would be about $12 million with


much of this work needing to be done as part of the normal site development

the most


However, British Columbia had no

soil standards to base this clean up on


and thus standards were established for what is now called the Pacific Place


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zero risk. When compared to automobile travel, let alone smoking, the risks currentiy are already virtually zero.


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Throughout the development of these standards, an ultra, ultra conservative

approach was taken leading to huge projected costs for the "cleanup" to bring it in line with these standards. Those costs currently stand at some

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could be much higher. With commonsense, they could be slightly lower but, not by much,as the picture of the "toxic Expo soils" has been etched in the minds of the community and the poli ticians.

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Expensive solutions to non-problems the dreaded Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons(PAHs).While most peo ple know that arsenic is harmful to humans and lead may be harmful, how can they harm humans if they are in the ground? To do harm, they must have a way of getting into a person's body ei ther through absorption, ingestion or respiration. For the heavy metals there is no such route short of eating the dirt. While eating the dirt might be a route

for young children, this is not a pro blem if a suitable layer ofcovering soil is brought in. But what about the environment? If

these heavy metals were left in the soil, would they not eventually leach out into False Creek and damage life in that body of water? Considering the levels of these metals, this is not a big risk. The PAHs can only harm humans if they are left on their bodies for long periods. A bath or a shower removes the PAHs and no damage is done. Since PAHs are readily found in nature (in huge amounts following a forest fire) why are we so eager to clean them up to some magical safe level? The bottom line in all ofthis is that the current standards are ultra conservative

and are based more on the ability of laboratories to detect toxins than on any

evidence ofthe levels which might harm humans or the environment. Leaving

many of the contaminants in place with minimal remediation is good public policy to ensure there are funds to do other work. In the Pacific Place case, because the Provincial Government is

Since PAHs are readily found In nature (In huge , amounts following a forest fire) why are we so eager to clean them up to some magical safe level?

present or future harm to human health or to the environment. There is a great danger in extending the zero level clean up from the Pacific Place site to other sites which will cost the taxpayers and private developers huge sums of money for so called clean ups where no danger truly exists. Background Hospital garbage is basically hotel/ restaurant garbage with some medical garbage thrown in. For the past century, hospital garbage has gone to landfills around the Province. Many hospitals at one time had incinerators but as they became obsolete, what they burned pre viously started going to landfill. In 1988. with the introduction of the Burnaby incinerator, transfer stations were intro duced to the lower mainland. This was

paying for the clean up. cost does not

to reduce traffic to the Burnaby inciner ator and to recycle material in the gar

seem to matter. Cost should not matter if

bage. Unfortunately, hospital garbage

there is a true hazard. But. is there a hazard? I submit there is not and that we

also went to the transfer stations and

are chasing laboratory test levels rather than removing any hazard. A risk management approach must be taken for all these major projects.The possible contaminants need to be iden tified,quantified and assessed as to their

some medical garbage was found. This

was not the start of concern regarding hospital garbage but it precipitated fas ter action. Hospitals on the North Shore, in Burnaby and in New West minster had to now carefully separate continued overleaf







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Expensive solutions to non-probiems, continued out their medical garbage and their hotel garbage. The medical or fancy name, biomedical waste, was now sent

in special boxes to an incinerator in Bellingham at great expense to the hos pitals. The Ministry of Health stated at the time that they did not pay for gar bage disposal! Since the issue of hospital garbage was a province wide problem, a provin cial task force was set up.That task force reported its findings and out of that, an agreement was arranged between the GVRD and the Province to call for pro posals to handle hospital garbage throughout the province. The agree ment was to look at all existing technol ogy and not just get set on incineration. It was acknowledged that fmdinga loca tion for the incinerator if one was pro posed would be difficult, Biomedical Waste/Medical Garbage The major problem with this whole exercise is finding a solution (expensive solution) to a non-problem. All hos pitals must comply with certain guide lines as to the handling of human tis sues and infected materials. All labora

tories know how to handle infected

materials rendering them safe. Beyond the esthetics of how human tissues are handled and the real need for labora-

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A Medical Health Officer's Perspective 1, Hospital garbage should not be han dled excessively. It should be put out side the hospital in an orderly manner. The hospital should handle human tisand laboratory specimens in a proper manner. The hospital should handle its continued overleaf

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Expensive solutions to non-problems, continued sharps in a proper fashion (but realize

probably cleaner biologically than

non-threat. This will start a large new

that human error does occur) and thus gloves to prevent puncture wounds

one's home dishes. Once autoclaved.

industry and make some huge profits for somebody. The taxpayers will pay for this solu tion and hospital garbage as a danger

should be used to handle hospital garbage.

is another biomedical waste that we are

now spending large dollars to have in cinerated in Bellingham. This tubing, even with old blood INSIDE, poses no

2. Once outside the hospital,the garbage should go directly into a garbage truck with no handling and that truck should proceed directly to a landfill site or in cinerator. Under

they are just pieces of plastic that were once used in a laboratory. Plastic tubing

health risk if handled as noted above.

no circumstances,

should that garbage go to transfer sta tions or should anybody muck about in the garbage.

GVRD and Vancouver Landfills and

the Burnaby incinerator currently can not accept this medical garbage because it is classified as hazardous material.

The solution is to unclassify it as hazar dous material, not find expensive solu tions to non-problems. An incinerator

3. If delivered to a landfill, the garbage would be dumped and covered imme diately. If delivered to an incinerator, it

for handling all hospital garbage is not

is considered best to be able to send the

opposed by the Medical Health Officers

material directly into the fire pit.

but is probably much more expensive than using landfill sites. It also produces ash which is currently classified as a

4. If the above rules are followed, work

ers are not exposed to even potential risk at either the landfill or the incinerator.

The present practice of trying to sepa rate out hospital garbage puts hospital workers at some risk mainly due to un expected puncture wounds. The Debate

Some of the material currently con sidered biomedical waste includes things like Petri dishes from laboratories that have been autoclaved. While I would

not want to eat off these dishes, they are

hazardous waste.


Once we have an expensive solution to this non-problem, we will be able to extend that solution to other non-prob lems. We can require doctors to have their garbage picked up and taken to the incinerator thus adding costs in that area as well. We can add all private hos pitals. all labs and people piercing ears to the list to protect the public from this

will become firmly entrenched in our laws and in our minds. When cutbacks

are needed in health care, they will not come in the area of handling garbage but in cataract surgery for the elderly and hernia operations. An area to seriously consider is that probably one ofthe largest generators of medical garbage is the public them selves. Diabetics use syringes and we can add to the cost of diabetes treatment

by requiring them to bring in their need les for safe disposal. Home care services use many items considered medical waste and we can require that that be transported safely to the incinerator. The possibilities of making this industry really huge are only limited by how safe we want to make the public and how much we want to spend our limited re sources on this issue and forgo spending on real public issues. Recommendations

1. Handle garbage as outlined under

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There is no Utopia called zero risk — living is a risk every day. Reasonable steps need to be taken but the money lost on non-risk items needs to be reduced.

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Bernard Fleet, Ph.D., M.Sc. — president. Toxics Recovery Systems international inc., and Adjunct Prolessor, University of Toronto.

Reducing Environmental Impact: Is it a Waste? Many manufacturers and processors are facing tougher envl ronmentai regulations, requiring expensive wastewater treat ment and solid waste disposal. Experience has shown that costs can be saved by altering the way processors look at their wastewater.

Water conservation, reuse, and the recovery of solids from wastewaters for reuse or feed to livestock, are examples of measures that reduce environmental impacts and costs.

George Crawford, P.Eng. — manager, industrial Wastewater Section, Gore & Storrie Limited.

Ian McCiymont, P.Eng., and John Mclrvine, Ph.D., Proctor & Redfern

Trenchless Pipeline Renovation


— An Environmental Protection


High Efficiency Electrolytic Wastewater Treatment Test results and applications of this world-wide patented process for a wide variety of industrial wastes will be demons trated. The successful destruction of chlorinated benzenes and

PCBs Is covered, together with the ESI closed-loop system for discharge-free operation. The Importance of by-product hydro gen Is referred to as a means of further reducing operating

Renovating service and process pipelines, especially those underground, is an Important economic part of an environmen tal protection strategy. Over time, a leaking pipeline can cause

widespread ground contamination leading to costly soil clean-up.

No-DIg renovation techniques such as deformed polyethylene liners, provide a new option for prevention and repair.

Ian J. Doherty, P.Eng. — technical director, Samuel Pipe Liners, Inc.


Michael E. Neale, M.Sc.,C.Chem., MRSC.(U.K.) — Ellluent Strategies Inc.

*** Lunch Break *** continued on page 38

CETECH Exhibitors(As ofSeptember2,1992) Chem-Serv Associates Inc., P.O. Box 1254,6 Seapark Dr.,St Catharines, ON L2R 7A7 Booth # 3106 Chem-Stor,323 10th Ave. S.W., Calgary, AB T2R 0A5 Booth # 3518

Concord TWF Recycling,532 Riviera Estate Dr., P.O. Box 681, Belle River, NOR 1 AO Booth # 3617 Continental Canada Air niters, 744, rue Cure Boivin, Boisbriand, PQ J7G 2A7 Booth # 4117


Correpro (Canada) Inc., 3405 American Drive, Unit 8, Mis sissauga, ON L4V 1T6 Booth # 3017 CPG Consulting,250 Shields Crt., Unit 15, Markham,ON L3R 9W7 Booth # 2807

Environment Canada, Unit 100, Asticou Centre, 241 Cite des Jeunes Blvd., Hull, PQ K1A 0H3 Booth # 3000 Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine, 10 Petch Crescent, Aurora, ON L4G 5N7 Booth # 2802 Farr Inc.,2785 Francis Hughes Blvd., Laval,PQ H7L 3J6 Booth # 2816

FIbresep Ltd.,2336 Royal Windsor Drive,Oakville,ON L6J 4Z2 Booth #2917

nexonlcs Ltd., 134 Nelson St. West, Brampton, ON L6X 1C9 Booth # 2900

G & S Analytical Laboratory, 55 Research Rd., Toronto, ON M4G 2G8 Booth # 3104

Geneq Incorporated,7978Jarry Street, Montreal,PQ HI J1H5 Booth #2910


Groundwater Technology Ltd., 23922 Research Dr., Farmington Hills, Ml 48335 Booth # 3212 Grundfos Pumps Corporation, 5647 McAdam Rd., Mis sissauga, ON L4Z 1N1 Booth # 2811 Gundle Lining Systems Inc., 19103 Gundle Road, Houston, TX 77073 Booth # 2911

Hach Company, P.O. Box 389, Loveland, CO 80539 Booth For more information, Circle reply card No. 101

# 3101

ABB Instrumentation Inc., 1825 Dundas St E., Unit 7, Mississauga, ON L4X 1L6 Booth # 3015 Alchelin-Stahl, 111 East Pacific, KIngsville, MO 64061 Booth # 2905

Air & Waste Management Association of Canada,145 Marlee Ave., Ste. 1006, Toronto, ON M6B 3H3 Booth # 3005 Airflow Developments(Canada) Ltd., 1281 Matheson Blvd., East, Mississauga, ON L4W 1R1 Booth # 3107 Anachemla Solvents Ltd.,3549 Mavis Road,Mississauga,ON L5C 117 Booth #3110

Aquablast Corp.,52 Production Drive, Scarborough, ON Ml H 2X8 Booth # 3109

ACG Technology Limited,2291 Dunwin Dr., Mississauga,ON L5L 3S4 Booth # 2907

Barrlnger Labs Ltd., 5735 McAdam Road, Mississauga, ON


L4Z 1N9 Booth # 2805

BCD International, RR #4, Lot 10, Concession 1, Tottenham, ON LOG 1W0 Booth # 3625

Brim Pumps and Systems Ltd., 1320 Britannia Rd. East, Mis sissauga, ON L4W 108 Booth # 3206 Brissenden Equipment Sales Inc., 9011 Leslie Street, Unit 301, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3B6 Booth # 3001 BAS Laboratories Limited,14 Abacus Rd., Brampton,ON LOT


5B7 Booth #3112

BEP Technologies, 5925 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON L4V 1W1 Booth # 3011

Canadian Environmental Directory, 134 Adelaide St. E., Ste. 207, Toronto, ON M5G 1K9 Booth # 2915 Can-Ross Environmental Services Ltd., 2270 South Service Road West, Oakville, ON L6L 5M9 Booth # 3500 Canmet, 555 Booth St., Room 341, Ottawa, ON K1A 0G1


Booth # 2904

Chem-KIng Inc., Snow Valley Road, RR #3, Barrie, ON L4M 4S5 Booth #3615

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CETECH Exhibitors Liquid Carbonic Inc.,255 Brimley Rd.,Scarborough,ON Ml M 3J2 Booth # 3006

Mann Testing Laboratories Ltd., 5550 McAdam Road, Mis sissauga, ON L4Z 1 PI Booth # 3012

McCarthy Robinson Inc.,321 ProgressAve.,Scarborough,ON M9P 2Z7 Booth # 3607

Mechanical Engineering Services, RR #1,Churchill, ON LOL 1 KG Booth # 3621

Millar-Williams Hydronics Ltd., 4060 Fairview St, Unit 12, Burlington, ON L7L 4Y8 Booth # 3522

Contact Ultrasonic

Montgomery Environmental,110 Christena Or., Ajax, ON LI S 6A5 Booth # 3013

National Research Council, BIdg. M-58, Montreal Road, Ot tawa, ON K1A 0R6 Booth # 2813

Nord Gear Limited,30Strathearn Ave., Brampton,ON LOT 4L8 Booth # 3506

Ontario Hydro-lnd'l Programs, 700 University Ave., Toronto, ON M5G 1X6 Booth # 3210

Ontario Pollution Control Equip. Assoc., Box 137, Midhurst, ON LOL 1X0 Booth #2804

Ontario Waste Management Corp.,2 Bioor Street West,11 th Floor, Toronto, ON M4N 3E2 Booth # 2801

Orwak Waste Systems(Canada)Inc.,2320 Bristai Circle, Unit 8, Oakvilie, ON L6H 5S2 Booth #3216

Republic Environmental Systems Ltd., 1455 Lakeshore Road, Suite 201N, Burlington, ON L7S 2J1 Booth # 2901 Seprotech Systems Inc., 2378 Holly Lane, Ottawa, ON K1V 7P1 Booth #3116

Staroba Plastic & Metal Products Ltd., 57 Galaxy Blvd., #3, Etobicoke, ON MOW 5P1 Booth # 3619


Sylval Sealings Inc., RR #2, Anderson Road, Ingleside, ON KOE 1 MO Booth # 3601

Tech Bilt Environmental Systems, 17 Edvac Drive, For more information, Circie repiy card No. 103

Hayward Gordon,7505 Bath Road, Mississauga,ON L4T1L3

Brampton, ON LOS 5X8 Booth # 3115 Tiger Vac Inc., 11600,6e Avenue, R.D.P., PO,HI E1 SI Booth # 3007

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Booth #3113

Hazardous Materials Mgmt. Assoc., 401 Richmond St. W., Suite 139, Toronto ON M5V 1X3 Booth # 2916

Integra Environmental Inc., 5035 North Service Road, #07, Burlington, ON L7L 5V2 Booth # 2817

J.J. Health & Industrial Products Ltd., P.O. Box 167,Stouffville, ON L4A 7Z5 Booth # 2909

John Crane Canada Inc.,423 Green Rd., Box 3248,Station 0, Stoney Creek, ON LBN 7L3 Booth # 3010

Laidlaw Environmental Services Ltd., 265 North Front Street, Suite 502, Sarnia, ON N7T 7X1 Booth # 3001

Landa/Clean Ontario,6-598 Cataraqui Woods Drive, Kingston, ON K7P 118 Booth # 3518

LCI Environmental Inc.,2421 Cawthra Road,Mississauga,ON L5A 2W9 Booth # 3016

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Communications, the Achilles

2:00 p.m. — 4:30 p.m.

Heel of Industry

Occupational Health & Safety

Environmental communications have become the Achilles Heel

Environmental Risk Assessment Based on Human Health Industries or government agencies often need to have a quanti tative estimate of the degree of risk to human health in a particu lar scenario of exposures to hazardous agents, such as chemi cals.

of commercial enterprise, with perception dominating reality in today's media coverage. The paper will cover the basics of communications, including writing press releases for both marketing and other media announcements.

Tom Davey. publisher. Environmental Science & Engineering magazine.

Such an estimate is called a Human Health-Based

Exhibitors, continued

Environmental Risk Assessment. A Risk Assessment may esti mate past, present, or future exposures and likely resulting

Trenton Environmental Equipment Ltd., 9011 Leslie Street, Unit 301, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3B6 Booth # 3200 Trow Consulting Engineers Ltd., 1595 Clark Boulevard, Brampton, ON L6T 4V1 Booth # 3204 Varian Canada incorporated, 6705 Miilcreek Drive, Misslssauga, ON L5N 5R9 Booth # 3014 Walker Laboratories, P.O. Box 100, Thorold, ON L2V 3Y8

hazards to health.

David A. Whaiey, Ph.D.. R.D.H.. C.I.H.. D.I.H. industrial hygiene toxicoiogist.

environmental and

Your Plant Water System: Is It Safe?

Booth #3214

Water & Pollution Control Magazine, 190 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Unionville, ON L3R 2G9 Booth # 2912 Wilier Engineering Limited,422 Consumers Rd., Wlllowdale,

The water within your plant's distribution system should be both safe to drink and of high enough quality for processing requirements. Many case histories are on file where contamina tion of a product or sickness has occurred due to use or consumption of water that has become unsafe. Cross-connections within your plant's water system can allow such things as gasoline, anti-freeze, arsenic compounds, or even propane gas and wine to enter your supply piping.

ON M2J 1P8 Booth # 2906

Workplace Health & Safety Agency, 121 Bloor St East 9th floor, Toronto, ON M4W 3M5 Booth # 3105

Zorbit Technologies Inc., 49 Spadina Avenue, Suite 207, Toronto, ON M5V 2J1 Booth # 3603 ZENON Environmental Inc., 5555 N. Service Rd., Burlington,

Michael Birks — manager, Febco (Canada).

ON L7N 5H7 Booth # 3004

4-R Technologies,105 Northland Drive,#E,Waterloo,ON N2V 1Y8 Booth # 3114

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R&D News

Supplied by the Canadian Association on Water Pollution Research & Control

Removal of Chlorinated Organics from Pulp Mill Effluents Laboratory scale treatability studies were undertaken by Wastewater Tech

in a recent Environmental Protection secondary effluents under different con Series report. Because such early life- ditions of light and temperature to stages are usually a sensitive part of the evaluate the potential and limits of the life cycle of a fish,the test should be con epilithic filamentous cyanobacterium sidered as a powerful and meaningful Phormidium bohneri(Schmidle)forbiotsublethal assay. The test may be run reatment of domestic wastewaters. The with five concentrations of test material results described in a paper accepted for

nology Centre scientists W.G. Randle and E.R. Hall to monitor and optimize activated sludge (AS), facultative stabi- . lization basin (FSB), and aerated stabi

to determine the threshold effect,or with

lization basin (ASB) treatment for re

one concentration as a regulatory or

moving absorbable organic halogen (AOX)and chlorinated phenolics from bleached kraft combined mill effluents.

Experiments conducted at various oper ating temperatures and solids retention times indicated that the higher removal

publication in Water Research indicate that the strain used prefers elevated tem peratures and can withstand consider able variation in light intensity. The removal of ammonia and phosphate at 30°C was equivalent to that reported for unicellular chlorophytes. Complete ex haustion ofthese nutrients was achieved

after 3 and 5 days respectively.

efficiencies of total and Filterable AOX were achieved in the FSB and ASB treat

ment systems than in the AS system. As described to delegates at BIOFOR/

Fate of Toxic Contaminants In Wastewater Treatment

The Wastewater Technology Centre has developed a suite of models called TOXCHEM which will predict the fate of

BIOQUAL "92,the extent to which AOX

and chlorinated phenolics were re


moved by biodegradation, biosorption, and off-gas stripping was also examined.

Aquatic Toxiclty Test with Fathead Minnows

Methods recommended by Environ ment Canada for performing toxicity tests of seven days" duration that mea sure growth and survival of very young (larval) fathead minnows are described

toxic contaminants in wastewater treat

pass/fail test. Procedures are given for culturing fathead minnows in the labo ratory. obtaining eggs,and hatching the young for use in the tests. Tertiary Treatment of Wastewater with Cyanobacterium Laval University scientists P.Talbot and J. de la Noue carried out experiments on

ment plants. Based on plant charac teristics and influent characterization data, it can forecast whether con

taminants are stripped from the was tewater, sorb to waste sludge, biologi cally degrade, or pass through. As des cribed to delegates at BIOFOR/BIOQUAL "92 by H. Melcer,simulations for continued on page 42

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At Degremont Infiico we are always trying to make your job easier, that is why we have developed the self-cleaning


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Our climber screen is easy to install in any municipal or indus trial treatment plant intake chan nel. It will fit any width from 1'6" to 30'0". It can discharge screen

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R&D News continued using a modified rotating biological contactor with polyurethane foam at tached to the disks as porous support media to biodegrade a petroleum re finery wastewater. As described in a paper accepted for publication in Water Research, the total chemical oxygen de

tists M.M.Poulsen and B.H. Kueper was

Protection Series report describes a re ference method for the analysis of ad sorbabie organic halogen (AOX) in aqueous solutions which was developed jointly by Environment Canada's Wastewater Technology Centre and the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada.It focuses primarily on process streams and effluents from the pulp and paper industry although it is applicable to all aqueous media. Two methods for analyzing such samples, namely the

undertaken to examine the effect of

column method and the shaker method,

the activated sludge treatment of wastewater containing contaminants typi cal of pulp mill effluents show that se lection of aeration equipment type and

process operating conditions signifi cantly influenced the fate and transport of some contaminants.

mand and oil concentration were re

Behavior of Tetrachioroethyiene

duced by at least 87% and 80% respec-

in Unsaturated Porous Media

A study by University of Waterloo scien

source release rate and porous media heterogeneity on the spatial distribution of pure liquid-phase tetrachioroethy

are described in detail.

Chlorophenois in RIght-of-Way


iene in the unsaturated zone of a na

turally occurring sandy aquifer. The results published in Environmental Sci ence and Technology demonstrate that immiscible liquid migration in sandy deposits is extremely sensitive to varia tions in permeability and capillary characteristics and that the ultimate

depth of migration is a function of both source release strength and porous media structure.

Biodegradation of Petroleum Refinery Wastewater A laboratory study was conducted by

R.D. Tyagi. F.T. Tran and A.K.M.M. Chowdhury to assess the feasibility of


M.T. Wan sampled utility and railway right-of-way ditches flowing into sal mon streams in the lower mainland of British Columbia to determine the oc


tively for all hydraulic loadings studied by these INRS-Eau scientists. The removal of COD, ammonia nitrogen, phenol, hydrocarbons, and suspended solids was generally better than that achieved with a conventional rotating biological contactor. Method for Determination of

Adsorbabie Organic Halogen A recently published Environmental

currence and levels of chlorophenois. While chlorophenois were not detected by this Environment Canada scientist in ditches of pristine watershed areas and parklands,they were found in farm land, utility, and railway right-of-way ditches originating from treated hydro poles,railway ties,etc. As reported in the Journal of Environmental Quality, the chlorophenol levels found in ditch wa ter adjacent to treated poles exceeded the 96-hr LC50 of salmonids. while those found downstream were within the

range reported harmful to fish and aquatic invertebrates.


Dechiorinatlon of Kraft Mill Effluents

At the recent BIOEOR/BIOQUAL '92

Annual Meeting, a paper by E. G-H. Lee, M.E. Crowe and H. El-Rayes des cribed the work B.C. Research has been

conducting in the development of a se quential two-stage anaerobic-aerobic lagoon treatment process for dechiorin atlon of kraft mill effluent. Bench scale

studies conducted in the first year re sulted in over 70% removal of total AOX from whole-mill kraft effluent. In con

trast, only 20% to 35% was removed by the control aerobic lagoon. These re

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kg to 1.5 kg AOX per air-dried tonne of pulp produced. A pilot scale anaerobicaerobic lagoon has been built to evalu

Digestion of Municipal Sludge for Land Application Municipal sludges may be used as amendments for soils provided that soil productivity is not adversely affected and that the health ofusers and the pub lic is protected. At the recent BIOFOR/ BIOQUAL '92 Annual Meeting, H.G. Kelly described the work undertaken by Dayton & Knight Ltd. on the autothermal thermophilic aerobic digestion procontinued on page 44

Environmental Science & Engirteering, September 1992

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Andritz-Ruthner Inc. ' CPF belt filter presses, screw presses, gravity table and rotary screen thickeners for sludge dewatering. I The PDC(Polymer Dosage Controller) system to optimize polymer usage rates in sludge dewater ing appiications. ' High intensity presses used for secondary dewa tering of sludges after belt presses, centrifuges and vacuum fiiters.

'Drum Drying System (DDS), a triple pass direct type siudge drying system, which produces granuiar, uniform sized materiai at drynesses greater than 90%.

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R&D News continued cess which provides both sludge stabili zation and pasteurization. The totally enclosed handling, high temperature digestion, and operational simplicity which are inherent in the process, com bine to ensure a safe, stable and disease

free product for use on soils.The process is capable of meeting provincial guide lines for a high grade retail product.

oped by N. Biswas, G. Zytner and J.K. Bewtra to assist in the evaluation of re

medial options in case of a spill of vola tile organic compounds, such as perchloroethylene, in a soil environment. This model, published by these Univer sity of Windsor researchers in Water En-

Technique for the Study of Microbiai Aggregates

Light microscopy methods are frequen tly used to measure the size and evaluate the morphological parameters of mic robiai aggregates. In a paper accepted for publication in Water Research, Uni versity of Toronto scientists J.J. Ganczarczyk, W.M. Zahid and D. Li de scribe an improved technique for the physical stabilization of such samples. The technique involves an application of membrane filtered agar and allows the use of an image analysis system for observations of aggregates down to the size of individual cells. For microtome

sectioning of microbiai aggregates, em bedding in glycol methacrylate resin was preferred and provided better, un perturbed specimens. Modelling Desorption of Volatile Organlcs from Soils A mathematical model has been devel


Effect of Fiuidization on Upfiow Anaerobic Sludge Bed Reactors Wastewater treatment processes such as

upfiow anaerobic sludge bed-like reac tors are strongly dependent on the ag gregation of biomass into macroscopic granules which settle well. Biotechnol ogy Research Institute scientists S.R. Guiot and Y. Arcand together with C. Chavarie of Ecole Polytechnique studied the effect of upfiow velocity on the mean granule size and on the hyd rogen, acetate, propionate, and glucose specific activities using sugar was

tewater. The liquid upfiow velocity had a significant positive effect on granule mean diameter and on the hydrogen, acetate and propionate specific activi ties. The details of these, and other ef fects, described in Water Science and


vironmem Research, has been verified to

predict the adsorption, desorption, and leaching of perchloroethylene from four types of soil and adsorption media. The generalized model can also be used for compounds similar to perchloro ethylene in other soil environments pro vided that Freundlich isotherm adsorp tion constants for the particular chemi

cal and specific soil characteristics have been determined.

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Technology, support the so-called mul tilayer arrangement of anaerobic granules. Analysis of Benzene Compounds in Groundwater

University of Waterloo scientist J. Pawliszyn and coworkers applied solidphase microextraction to the analysis of benzene, ethyl benzene, and xylenes in groundwater. As described in Environ mental Science and Technology, this inex pensive method reduced the sample preparation time to 15-30% of that re quired for the purge and trap methods. The relative standard deviation ranged from 3 to 5% and limits of detection as

low as 1-3 ppb could be achieved. The linear range extended from 15 to 3000 ppb. Solvents have been completely eliminated from the sample preparation step.

Bloieaching of Metals from Sewage Sludge

pollution control headaches related to organic chemical compounds. Whether the job Is large or small, Calgon Carbon con provide a cost-effective solution to meetthe treatment objective. Activated Carbon Products-specifically designed fo remove a wide variety of organic chemical types and concentrations. Adsorption Systems-standard otf-the-shelf or custom designed systems to treat a wide range of flows: 250 n/m (60 gpm)fo 2500 i/m (700 gpm). Calgon Carbon Service- Under a monthly service arrangement, Calgon Carbon will Install and maintain at the treatment site a permanent or temporary treatment system. Treatment objectives can be achieved without major capital costs. Spent Carbon Disposal-Calgon Carbon eliminates disposal problems by trans porting the spent carbon to a RCRA-approved reactivation facility, where the organic chemical contaminants are thermally destroyed,thus eliminating future liability risks. For more Information, coll or write Calgon Carbon Canada, Inc., Suite 304,6303 Airport Road, MIsslssauga, Ontario LAV 1R8, Tel (416)673-7137, Fox(416)673-8883.

Two papers accepted for publication in Water Research by J.F. Blais, R.D. Tyagi and J.C. Auclair describe the research

by these INRS-Eau scientists on the use of naturally occurring microorganisms for leaching of metals from sewage sludges. Two thiobacillus species, Thiobacillus thioparus and Thiobacillus thiooxidans proved to be the most efficient. Using five different sewage sludges, five days of incubation in shake flasks re sulted in a decrease of the pH to about 2.0 which solubilized the toxic metals.

In the second paper,it was demonstrated that the growth ofleaching bacteria was the rate-limiting step for metal solubilization and that the metal removal

from sludge was strongly influenced by the temperature of the bioreaction. continued on page 46 Reminder


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R&D News continued Aquatic Toxiclty Test with Ceriodaphnia Methods recommended by Environ

test. In addition to the toxicity data com piled by National Water Research Insti tute scientists K.L.E. Kaiser and V.S.

National Water Research Institute sci

ment Canada for performing chronic three-brood toxicity tests with the freshwater cladoceran Ceriodaphnia

Palabrica, this

entist R.J. Maguire has published a re




Environmental Impact of Organotin Compounds

relations of the luminescent bacteria

view in the Water Pollution Research

toxicity data with a multitude of other acute toxicity tests on aquatic and ter restrial species, with emphasis on the 96-hr acute lethality data of 200 indivi

Journal ofCanada on the uses, methods of analysis, environmental occurrence, and aquatic toxicity of non-pesticidal organotin compounds in Canadian

dual chemicals to the fathead minnow.

commerce. These include monomethyl

terials. Additional conditions and pro

Toxin Release from

tin, dimethyl tin, monobutyl tin, dibutyl tin, monooctyltin, and dioctyltin which

cedures are stipulated which are specific for assessing samples of chemicals, ef

Cyanobacterlal Blooms Cyanobacterial blooms in surface water

are scheduled for assessment under the Canadian Environmental Protection

fluents, elutriates, or receiving waters. Included are instructions on culturing conditions and requirements, food pre

bodies can cause livestock and wildlife

Act. It is likely that the most important route of entry of these compounds into the environment is through leaching. In general, it appears that these species would not be persistent in aquatic en

dubia are described in a recent Environ

mental Protection Series report. General or universal conditions and procedures are outlined for undertaking this chronic

toxicity test using a variety of test ma

paration, sample handling and storage, test facility requirements, procedures for preparing test solutions and test ini tiation, specified test conditions, appro priate observations and measurements, end points, methods of calculation, and

poisonings due to toxins produced by the microorganisms. In a paper presen ted by University of Alberta scientist S.E. Hrudey at the Water Quality Inter

the use of reference toxicants.

Toxicity Data Index

no release was observed when the cells

A toxicity data index published in the Water Pollution Research Journal of Ca nada gives a compilation of some 1350 acute toxicity data ofindividual organic compounds for the luminescent marine bacterium Photobacterium phosphoreum.

were untreated or treated with lime.

These findings indicate that copper sul fate should not be used to treat poten tially toxic cyanobacterial blooms in water to be consumed by humans or animals within a few weeks following

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vironments with half-lives estimated to be less than a few months at 20°C.

national '92 conference, the effects of

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us lab scientist reports radiation facts Radiation is often misunderstood by the public. This is partly the result of the complicated terminology usually used to explain radioactivity and its effects on people, according to health physicist David Myers of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a U.S. Depart ment of Energy-funded facility in Cali fornia. He explains thatsome important facts about radiation are relatively easy to understand.

Ionizing radiation, he said — radia tion with enough energy to remove elec trons from atoms — is most commonly emitted by unstable atoms seeking to become stable. It can also be produced, however, by such equipment as X-ray machines.

Ionizing radiation can be potentially hazardous if it interacts with living tis sue. The ionization of biological mole cules may result in chemical changes which, if not repaired, can result in damage to the living cell. Measurement Units

If the damage is great enough,the cell may die. Smaller amounts of damage to the cell's nucleus may alter the genetic material, which could eventually lead to cancer.

"Fortunately," Myers says,"the latter effect is extremely unlikely." He ex plains that radiation dose is measured in "rem" — a unit that accounts for both

the total energy the radiation transfers to the body and type of radiation in volved. The same amount of energy de posited by radiation can be more or less hazardous depending upon how it is deposited. The rem is a relatively large enough radiation dose — it has been thought — to increase the risk ofdeath by cancer by roughly one in 10,000. So radiation doses are usually measured in millirem,a unit equal to a thousandth of a rem. He said a recent government report on survivors of the atomic bombings of Japan during World War II shows,how ever, that the risk may be higher than previously thought. The study found that subjects drawn from those in the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings had three times more malignant tumors and four times as many cases of leu kemia as earlier analyses predicted. Studies of radiation-related cancer

mortality have concentrated on highdose victims. Solid evidence is not avail

able for those exposed to lower levels of radiation, he says. Regulators and scientists most com monly assume risk is proportional to the dose. That is, half as much exposure produces half as much cancer risk. The exact relationship, however, isn't pre

cisely known. This means predictions

the Lab's philosophy is to maintain ra

about low-dose radiation effects are

diation doses as far below the limits as

based on extrapolations. Background Source David Myers says the average person is exposed to about 360 millirem of background and medical radiation yearly. The largest source of this radia tion dose (about 200 millirem) comes from radon, a radioactive gas produced by the decay of uranium in the soil. Radon accumulates in buildings — es-

are reasonably achievable. The new evidence shows that radia

tion may be more hazardous than pre viously thought, leading to recommen dations for various new restrictions on





workers. One recommendation calls for a max

imum allowable dose of 10,000 millirem every five years. Another would estab

lish a lifetime cap of 1,000 millirem per

The study found that subjects drawn from those in the Hiroshima and

Nagasaki bombings had

three times more malignant tumors and four times as

many cases of leukemia as earlier analyses predicted.

year of age. He noted that current Lab policies are stricter than federal standards. Lab

workers currently have a maximum administrative dose guideline of 2,000 millirem per year, which is monitored through the use of personal dosimeters, which all employees and many visitors to the Lab are required to wear.The per sonal dosimeters have a detection threshold of 10-15 millirem.

According to personal dosimeter readings at the Lab, 9,488 workers had no detectable exposure and no workers received doses above the 2,000 millirem

pecially in tightly sealed, energy-effici ent ones — and is thought by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to result in about 10 percent as many cases oflung cancer as are caused by smoking tobacco products.

limit in 1991, he says. Two workers had doses between 1,500 and 2,000 millirem, 18 had doses of 500 to 1,500 millirem, continued overleaf

The amount ofradiation dose received

from exposure to radon depends on several factors, including building ven tilation and the amount of uranium in the soil where one lives or works. In



general, radon concentration is greater on lower floors because they are closer to the source.

In 1990, a radon measurement pro gram at the Lab indicated that the radon concentrations in Lab buildings were well below EPA guidelines, Myers said. Dose Limits

Radiation used for medical purposes (mostly X rays and nuclear medicine techniques) accounts for about 60 mil lirem of the average individual's year ly dose. The average person gets 40 millirem yearly from radioactive substances na

turally occurring in food (like potassium-40 in bananas and other foods),30 millirem from radioactive materials in the soil and 30 millirem more from cos mic radiation. doe's annual dose limit is 100 milli

rem for the general public and 5,000 millirem for radiation workers, Myers said. These limits are applied at the Lab because it is a DOE facility. Since there is presumed to be some risk associated with any radiation dose.

Environmental Science & Engineering, September 1992

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UK researchers in quest for cleaner engines

Radiation Effects

Radiation effects depend not only on the amount of radiation energy an indi vidual receives but also on the type of radiation to which the individual is


Alpha particles consist of two protons and two neutrons. Generated by the de cay of plutonium among other substan ces, alpha particles give up their energy very quickly when they come into con tact with matter.

This means that it's easy to shield against alpha radiation. Alpha particles emitted outside the body usually spend themselves in the layer ofdead skin cells called the epidermis and don't penetrate the living tissue. The rapid energy transfer makes al pha radiation more hazardous if it does

interact with living tissue — if alphaemitting radioactive material enters the body, for example, through a cut or by being ingested or inhaled. The first few cells the radiation encounters absorb its

energy, whereby their natural repair processes are more likely to be over whelmed.

Beta particles can be electrons or posi trons, the electron's antimatter twin.

Beta radiation results from the decay of strontium-90 and other substances. It

penetrates further than alpha radiation (it typically takes a sheet of plastic to stop it), and spreads its energy out among more cells, making the effect ofa given amount of energy deposited by

The heavy duty truck industry has un dergone a technological revolution dur ing the past 20 years. New laws and

beta radiation less hazardous than a

consumer demand are factors that have

comparable amount ofenergy deposited by alpha radiation. Neutrons are uncharged nuclear par

brought about a range ofimprovements — lower exhaust emissions being one of the most important. At a British consulting company, which is at the forefront of diesel engine technology, tests are being carried out during investigations into emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOJ and particulate

ticles that have more mass than beta

particles but less mass than alpha par ticles. A given amount of energy depo sited by neutrons will damage the body less than the same amount of energy deposited by alpha radiation but more than an equal quantity of energy de posited by beta radiation. Neutrons, depending on how much energy they have,can penetrate sheets of aluminum or even lead, but are stopped relatively easily by water, polyethylene or other hydrogenous materials. Gamma rays and X rays both are more

strongly penetrating than alpha or beta radiation, but are less hazardous than

alpha radiation per unit of energy de posited in living tissue. Gamma and X rays are high-energy forms of elec tromagnetic radiation.'Visible light is a less energetic form.


Legislation in various countries is be

coming increasingly stringent and this represents a huge challenge to the world's truck manufacturers and to

Their investigations have enabled them to define a list of engineering technologies that vehicle designers now have to incorporate into projects in or der to meet with future legal require ments. These include higher pressure fuel injection equipment,specifically at low engine speeds; electronic control of

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Watermains — Specs preferences and prejudices

The specification and instal a

tion of watermains in today's market is impacted by three(3) factors:


AWWA standard or are more costly



Asbestos Cement (AC) pipe had been used extensively in North America from the 1930's through to the early 1980's. AC pipe was banned in many jurisdic tions in the early 1980's based on a con cern about the carcinogenic character


standard specifications, and the pre ference and prejudice ofthe client or the firm involved in a project. This presen tation touches on the existing standards, specifications used, and the pipe mate

istics of asbestos fibres. A recent court

ruling in the U.S. has overturned the ban. making AC pipe available once again for use. Unfortunately, the ban and persistent negative bias towards AC pipe means it will probably never re cover its previous market. There is no doubt that the pipe's manufacture pre

rials available but also takes a closer

look at some ofthe personal preferences and prejudices involved in the industry. Watermain pipe standards established by the American Water Works Associa

tion (AWWA) over the years provided the most often referenced and accepted basis for specifying watermain materi als. Additionally, material standards are established by the Canadian Stan

sented health risk but there never was

By Stan Holden, P.Eng.*

dards Association and American Soci

any evidence to justify concerns about the ingestion ofasbestos fibres and their impact on the digestive system. Ductile Iron (DI) pipe has been avail

ety for Testing and Materials, and generally apply to materials associated

cution) and defines "what is required",

with the watermains such as concrete,

Generally, there are four (4) water-

early 1960's. The pipe can be manufac

main materials available for use in

tured in sizes from 75 to 1625 mm dia

today's market.These materials are duc tile iron, polyvinyl chloride, concrete pressure pipe, and steel pipe. Other

been limited to the 100 to 600 mm dia

steel and plastics. The main standards for the watermain as a conduit of pot able water are the AWWA standards.

Standard specifications used for the

able on the Canadian market since the

not "how it is to be done".

installation of watermains are the Na

materials,such as cast iron and asbestos

tional Master Specification(NMS)and the Ontario Provincial Standard Speci fications. Most consultants generally use a variation ofthe NMS.This specifi cation is written in a 3-part. imperative format. This format consists of three (3)

cement, have "come and gone". Cast iron has been replaced with lighter and stronger ductile iron and asbestos ce ment has unfortunately been banned,

parts (e.g.. General. Products and Exe-

as discussed. Other materials, such as

polyethylene, polybutylene. and fibre reinforced plastics, either lack the

meter. In Ontario, its use has generally

meter range. Use of DI pipe has been steadily declining in favour of polyvinyl chloride and concrete pipes. This de cline is due partly to the misuse of this pipe. e.g.. use of unprotected DI in a cor rosive soil or in an area highly exposed to stray electrical currents. Polyvinyl Chloride(PVC)pipe first star ted gaining acceptance in the I970's when it was approved by AWWA for the 100 to 300 mm diameter sizes. More re

cently. approval of sizes 350 to 900 mm diameter have opened up a potentially larger market for this material. PVC pipe has many attributes that have re


sulted in its increased use.

Concrete Pressure Pipe(GPP)has been available for over 40 years as a water supply conduit.CPP is available in sizes from 400 to 3600 mm diameter. This

pipe is well suited for the high volume transmission and has dominated the

market in most of the pipe sizes ma nufactured.

Steel Pipe is available in two forms: a welded steel pipe with cement mortar lining and concrete encasement, or

spiral welded, bell and spigot steel pipe with epoxy or cement mortar lined in terior and a polyethylene wrapped ex terior. Steel pipe is generally used for large diameter mains of900 to 3000 mm diameter. The concrete encased steel

A 12 Inch water main connected to ductile Iron at valve chamber base at Klelnburg Ont. MacVIro Consultants designed the project with the contractor, Clearway

*Project Manager, MacVIro Consultants


Inc., Markham, Ont.


Environmental Science & Engineering. September 1992

pipe has been used almost exclusively by Metropolitan Toronto, whereas the wrapped steel pipe gets more use in the United States and is widely used inter nationally. The preference for certain pipe ma terials enters into every watermain pro ject that is conceived. The material pre-

both steel and CPP merit consideration.

Valve Chambers. For small diameter wa

CPP makes it difficult for steel to com

pete where comparable specifications

termains there is a definite preference to use DI pipe in the valve chambers. DI

are used.

pipe provides the strength, adaptability,

Conversely,in Metropolitan Toronto, there is a clear preference for cement

and flexibility. PVC becomes brittle in cold temperatures, cannot handle

mortar lined, concrete encased steel

thrusts, and the connections to valves are less than a desirable arrangement.

Preference for certain materials or methods will continue

to exist in the industry but will continue to change to reflect increasing experience and material limitations.

ference or prejudice in some cases impact most aspects of a project. Most are dictated by experience and common sense ofthe specifiers involved. A few of these preferences and prejudices are

diameter and less; Medium, which is

pipe and except for one experiment with CPP, steel pipe is used exclusively. While steel pipe is perceived by many to be the Cadillac of pipes it is hard to dis pute Metro's success. No failures in hundreds of kilometres of steel pipe in almost 40 years is clear evidence of suc cess, but higher initial costs are the price paid. Fittings. Almost all pipe manufacturers will make fittings which are compatible

350 to 600 mm diameter; and Large,

and intended to be used with the water-

which is greater than 600 mm diameter. PVC pipe is being used more and

manufactured but seldom used. Here


Pipe Size. Presently in the marketplace there are three (3) size ranges in watermain pipes: Small, which is 300 mm

more for small diameter watermains.

Increased use is primarily the result of economy ofthe pipe and the installation cost. In most cases, both PVC and DI

will work equally well but only PVC is specified. Why? Sometimes the Munici pality will dictate that only PVC be used or the specifier is convinced that DI would not be competitive.

main. For PVC pipe, PVC fittings are grey or cast iron fittings are used. Al though a standard for PVC fittings now exists they are not readily available and

main of this size does not excite most

watermain specifiers. Maybe we barken back to the plastic toys of our youth and how easily they broke,therefore,we can not imagine building a watermain that big out of plastic. The larger a watermain gets the more security the specifier seems to want. In general, a sense of security seems to

we must use the standards available in

the industry and clearly specify what materials can be used and how they are installed. Preference for certain materi als or methods will continue to exist in

the industry but will continue to change to reflect increasing experience and material limitations. In the current en

vironment of reducing revenues and shrinking budgets there will be a ten dency to look closer at cheaper alter natives to stretch every available dollar. This climate could lead to tomorrow's

straight runs but not through the "cor

so, it is vital to avoid short-term gain at

ners" where there is a lack ofconfidence

the price of future pain.

A humorous look at pipe specs 1.

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.


than plastic. Common sense and "gut feeling" can and often do overrule theory in deciding on a watermain


Large diameter watermain will be built as CPP or steel pipe. In sizes of600 to 1050 mm diameter CpP is almost ex clusively specified because DI is not readily available and not price competi tive. Steel pipe is similarly not competi

exist with contractors and material

suppliers. As specifiers of water supply systems

problems if the pipe material chosen is not a proven long-term product. When dollars are tight, and will likely remain

come in the form of CPP or DI rather


The use of thrust flanges, flange adap tors with a serrated edge to dig into the pipe, and numerous ties and supports for valves, has not gained wide accep tance with specifiers. These highlights are just a few of the preferences and prejudices that exist in the waterworks industry. Other biases

have not been specified very often. Spe cifiers seem willing to use PVC for the

For medium sized watermains. the material choices are not as clearcut since DI, PVC and CPP are available.

This size range has been primarily dom inated by DI and CPP but PVC manu facturers are trying to make inroads in this area. Although a standard exists for PVC watermain up to 900 mm diameter, the thought ofinstalling a plastic water-

in PVC performance.

However,in Ontario, the availability of

standard Pipe Specification — M80-1 Quality Assurance #WAP-007 Page 1 of 1 Revision 0 All pipe is to be made of a long hole, surrounded by metal centred concentrically radially around the hole. All pipe is to be hollow throughout its entire length. All pipe is to be of the very best quality, preferably tubular or pipular. O.D. of all pipe must exceed the I.D., otherwise the hole will be on the outside of the pipe. AM pipe must be supplied with nothing in the hole so that water, steam, brine, or other stuff can be put inside at a later date. All pipe is to be supplied free of rust,since this can be added more readily at the jobsite. All pipe is to be free of any covering such as mud, tar, barnacles, or any form of manure, before putting in place, otherwise it will make lumps under the paint. All pipe over 500'in length must have the words Long P/pe clearly painted on each end, so that the fitter will know that It Is long pipe. Pipe over 2 miles in length must have the words Long Pipe painted in the middle, so that the fitter will not have to walk the full length of the pipe to determine that it is in fact a long pipe or not.

10. Ail pipe over 6" In diameter is to have the words Large Pipe painted on it, so that the fitter will not use it for small pipe. 11. Ail pipe fittings are to be made of the same stuff as the pipe. All pipe closers are to be open on one end. 12. No fittings, such as elbows, are to be put on the pipe unless specified. If you do, then straight pipe becomes crooked pipe.

tive. In sizes about 1050 mm diameter

Environmental Science & Engineering, September 1992


By Jack Barber*

Developments in Instrumentation

Bridging instrumentation experience of the past with technoiogy of the future

In the past, many laboratories have




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The History of Instrumentation Instrumentation systems have always

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able room for clerical errors. Today,

computer technology is radically changing instrumentation systems and offering greater accuracy and efficiency.


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with calculators, and wrote the results

into a report. These steps were tedious and time-consuming, leaving consider


rmutions lUindoujs Tools

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relied on unautomated instrumen

tation systems fortheirtest and mea surement systems. They gathered test data by hand, performed analysis


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leveraged off widely-used technology. In the 19th century, the jeweled move

5-8 «■> all "sample' l^s to OC closed, all

"flush' lines open,

standard lines (5-8)

ment of the clock was first used to build

analog meters.In the 1930s,the variable capacitor, the variable resistor, and the


open, sequentially.

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vacuum tube from radios were used to build the first electronic instruments.

copes and analyzers. Finally, modern personal computers have high-perfor mance computation and display capa

Display technology from the television


puter connection and programming

The first computerized instrument systems of the 1960s were difficult to build because they required custom

was a tremendous achievement, and laid the foundation on which instru-

has contributed to modern oscillos-

*National Instruments Corp.



hardware interfaces and low-level as

sembly language programming. The GPIB standard for instrument-to-com-


continued overleaf


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Developments in instrumentation ment systems would be built for the next 20 years. In addition, the BASIC pro gramming language was a significant contribution to programming technol ogy that would grow along with instru mentation through the 1970s and 1980s. Recently, further improvement was made for software with the introduction ofSCPI.

In the 1980s, digitizers and computer plug-in data acquisition boards became widely accepted. These instruments are versatile, because the ultimate instru

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New elevated water storage tank Alllston the Town's six wells and the grade level storage/high lift pumping facility. The new elevated tank, in conjunc tion with the existing grade level storage, will provide the Alliston area with emergency, equalization and fire stor age for an equivalent population of 15,000 persons.This equivalent popula tion includes the water demands of the

Town's two major industries; Honda Canada and Baxter Travenol Ltd. The

completed tank will also provide a general increase in system pressure which will eliminate the current need

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The completion of stage II of the Pro ject will allow residential development to proceed north and west of Alliston. "Three future contracts included in the

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December 1992.

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Did lead cause the decline of

Theissue oflead poisoning as a

great empires?

major threat to human health has once again surfaced — this time due to health problems that have emerged coincident with to day's increasingly popular practice of . home renovation. Houses built more

than 40 years ago usually contain sub stantial amounts of leaded paint; even houses built as recently as 1980 may contain paint with some lead in it. Dis turbance of surfaces containing leadbased paint creates a definite health hazard when paint dust and fine par ticles are released into the air and inges ted through breathing. Lead poisoning seems to have been common throughout history. Some his torians linked the downfall of the

Roman Empire to the use of lead pipes and vessels for conveying and contain ing their drinking water — and there is medical evidence for this in the form of

bone analysis. The importance to the Romans of lead, and many other ele ments, is evidenced by the Latin-based scientific abbreviations we use for them

The Roman Forum,once the centre of a mighty empire — did lead poisoning contri

— for example,Pb for lead, taken from the Latin plumbium. At a lead awareness seminar spon sored by Gore & Storrie the manager of the company's Hazardous Waste Ma-

bute to its decline?

nagement Section, Henry Miyamoto, outlined some other less well known but

fascinating facts about the history of

Was Franklin expedition a victim

the National Water Institute at Canada's Centre for Inland Waters,it can be caused

of lead pollution? While lead pollution may have played a profound role in the decline of ancient empires, a more recent example may emerge in Canada next year. Recently,a British Royal Naval officer, Lt. Ernie Coieman, 32, believed he found the grave of Sir John Franklin who died trying to find the elusive North West Passage. On May 19, 1845, two British ships under his command,Erebus and Terror

had set out from England to find the North West Passage to Asia. Though heralded asthe best equipped expedition ever,sailors mysteriously be gan dying at sea. Sir John died on June 11, 1847, and, after the ships became icebound in the North West Territories, the surviving 106 crewmen set out southward in a vain attempt to save their lives. While the remains of Sir John and the vast majority of his crew were never


lead poisoning. Gout was common in both the Roman and British Empires. While that afflication was, in the past, attributed to gluttony, this may not be the case. According to Jerome Nriagu of

found, a few bodies were found in 1981 and 1982, preserved by the permafrost. Autopsies by a forensic anthropologist, Owen Seattle, indicated that lead poi soning from canned food was a likely cause of the Franklin disaster.

While the sailors would have great na vigational skills it has been conjectured that lead poisoning might have caused disorientation, causing the survivors — led by Captain Francis Crozier — to lose their way and perish in the bitter climate.

Lt. Coleman's recent permit did not allow him to dig the mound he thinks was Sir John's grave but a Canadian archeologal team may visit the site on King William Island in 1993. The results will

fascinate historians and archeologists as well as today's environmental profes

by lead damaging the kidneys. Not only did the Romans distribute potable water in lead pipes, they also used lead pans to boil down fruit juices to create syrup, the pans reacting with the acids in the fruits to form lead ace

tate.This syrup was then used to sweeten wine and was listed as an ingredient in 85 outof450 recipes in the Roman's pop ular Apician Cookbook. Not to be outdone, the Britons also

tried to sweeten their wines by adding litharge, lead monoxide. Bottles of wine from 1825 have been analyzed and show levels of about 1 mg/L — or approx imately 100 times the Canadian Drink ing Water Quality Guideline for lead, which is 0.01 mg/L. In addition, people drank this wine from pewter mugs. While the modern formulation of pew ter is an alloy oftin and copper and does not contain lead,its old formulation was tin and lead. Other, more insidious,


sources of lead were present in pottery glazes, cosmetics, and even medica

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Environmental Science & Engineering, September 1992

and abatement techniques, and recom mended safety precautions for worker and occupant protection during home

Some historians now think England's George III (1760-1820) suffered from lead poisoning. He had severe illnesses, complicated by mental disturbances,

day,expecially for children under six,is ingestion of the dust created by strip ping and sanding of old paint during home renovations. Speakers at the G&S

which eventually left him blind and in

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sane. It seems the king was very fond of

ous methods available for testing the

that lead poisoning may be as much a

lemonade and sauerkraut, both of

presence oflead in paint and other coat ings,the risks associated with disturbing surfaces containing lead-based paint.

threat to us now as it was to the an cient Romans.

which are highly acidic and could have dissolved lead from the vessels contain


This seminar was a timely warning

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ing them. It was in his reign that Eng land lost its American colonies.

These days, we have other sources of lead. Although lead water pipes are slowly disappearing,there are still some regions where lead pipes are used for potable water connections. Until recen tly, even copper pipes could be installed using lead solder for their connections. Not so long ago,toothpaste came in lead tubes, and today you can still find im ported food cans where lead solder has

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By Ken C. Bradley, B.Sc., MBA* We were told that Japan also has about 2000 municipal incinerators. Landrdls,in spite ofthe need to reclaim land from the sea, are hard to come by, so refuse is incinerated leaving a residue of ash perhaps only one tenth of the original volume. Rows of vending machines lined the narrow streets beside shops in many of the mixed residential/commercial areas

of Kyoto where I was staying. You could buy three or four different disposable cameras from these machines, or hot

and cold drinks (including coffee and beer)in simple or composite metal cans from vending machines at any time of day or night. Containers to receive the empty cans and other recyclables were typically missing or stacked all together

none was evident. To demonstrate an incentive for waste

incinerator stack outlet (effective stack

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dow level),and the aroma ofchloroform

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nerator in a courtyard at Kyoto Univer sity. Generators of laboratory wastes were directly charged for the destruction of those wastes based on quantities de livered. As this charge was included in individual department project costs, there is an incentive for the researcher to

in the area during our tour. I would hope that this evidence of local atmospheric pollution also serves as a stimulus for the researchers to avoid chemical waste

incineration when possible. I admire Dr. Takatsuki for his efforts

at educating us in resource conservation through his programs and his cartoons,

minimize quantities ofincinerable was tes generated. Even I noted corrosion on

butlam concerned that the forces of the

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at the end ofthe commercial areas. Uni

versity or government personnel at our workshop in the area told us that mer chants claimed there was no space available to collect recyclables. I asked about batteries. Apparently efforts at re cycling them are droppi ng off. Professor Hiroshi Takatsuki (pen name: High Moon) of Kyoto University's Environ mental Preservation Center gave me one of his books'Cartoon Gomic",pub

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nection. mercury levels in batteries and in fluorescent lights are lower than be fore, and municipal incinerators are said to be very sophisticated. In fact, the main Kyoto incinerator not only had the appropriate commonly used gas scrubbing system, but had recently ac quired a mercury recovery system. Dur ing my visit in December 1990,1 was told that just under 200 kg of mercury were collected in the previous year, the first full year of measurement after installa tion ofthis novel system. Unfortunately, because of the heterogeneity of munici pal garbage, no one knew how much mercury was fed into the system, so re covery efficiency calculations were not possible at that time. I thought of taking the mercury content of the average bat tery and fluorescent tube, multiplying by the 2'/2 billion batteries and perhaps ÂĽ4 billion tubes used per year and plug ging in the population serviced by this incinerator as a fraction ofthe total pop ulation. but I'm going to leave that for



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International report more appealing? A significant number of the Japanese professionals that I met expressed con cern over greenhouse gases and their own image as consumers of rain forests for building materials and ofcourse,for chop sticks. We visited a power plant in Osaka that ran on environmentally friendly liquified natural gas. Even so, there was a small pilot unit examining the removal ofCO2from the stack gas by absorption in diethanolamine. Per sonally, I think I prefer a lot of CO2 in the air to a little bit of diethanolamine. Several months later, while on vaca

tion in Bali and then speaking at a con ference in Jakarta, I heard that one en

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One day we ate lunch at the nearby university cafeteria. We had our choice of cutlery; 1. Fresh, bright, new, clean-looking, wooden chop sticks

I went along with the major minority and chose plastic. Do you know the feel ing when you are driving an old unreli able car and most everybody around you is in a new one? Wood looks better

2. Re-usable, used, dishwasher clean,

and holds the food better, but wouldn't

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tire Mangrove swamp was slated to be converted into chop sticks for the Ja panese. Mangrove roots protect the Indonesian islands from soil erosion by the ocean and the Indonesians are upset by the destruction of this plant. Our environmental problems are truly global in extent. Circle reply card No. 137 Reminder

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By Ken C. Bradley* B.Sc., M.B.A.

Some Observations on

Waste Management Practices in Egypt While in Egypt advising management staff at two cement plants in the art of waste minimization (using new UNEP/ UNIDO 'Audit and Reduction Manual for Industrial Emissions and Wastes" as

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ques for dealing with municipal gar bage:

1. Deposition in an 'organized'landfill be side the road near the outskirts ofgreater Cairo. Em told that water is added to

assist the fermentation process, gas that is generated is collected for fuel and the residue is sold for fertilizer.

Much of this work is accomplished by hard labour. The odour is not pleasant and I was told that the area(s) where these activities are car ried out may be moved further from

highly populated centres which are growing all the time. This disposal technique seems to present a rather curious contrast to

the current North American ap proach.In Egypt, water is deliberate


Cardboard recycling (old shoe boxes?) in Maadi. of the road and adjacent country side.

3. Physicalsegregation,separation and re cycling by many small independent operators. In Maadi, part of Metro Cairo,I took a photo ofa donkey cart

ly added to landfills to assist in the

filled with flattened cardboard that

decomposition of garbage. In Onta

had all the appearances of flattened shoe boxes. I believe this to represent part of a cardboard recycling pro

rio, where there is usually a good source of natural moisture readily available,all efforts are made to keep our buried refuse dry to minimize leachate production. This results, of course, in a very long decomposi tion process. 2. Deposition with open fire burning on land near the roadside just outside

The black smoke from open air burning of the occasional tire adds significantly to the smoke from the wasteful

open burning of garbage. Cairo on the way towards Suez City. Along this highway there are a num ber of small processors of desert limestone where lime is produced using various fuels including rubber tires. The black smoke from open air burning of the occasional tire adds significantly to the smoke from the

wasteful open burning of garbage. The partially oxidized residues are left uncovered to remain on the side

Cairo, I passed a donkey cart carrying glass jugs and drinking glasses, fa shioned I was told, from recycled glass. These articles are made of very soft glass, and are somewhat non-uniform but still they appear very attractive in colourless, light green and amber shades.

ply disposal. Several days later,I came across the following article title on

Aside from municipal garbage and commercial wastes,I have much greater concerns with respect to industrial was tes. For example, no one seems to be concerned about liquid industrial and

page 3 ofthe March 27/92 issue ofthe

hazardous wastes. There was consider

Saudi Gazette: 'earning a living by recycling rubbish in Cairo". For de

able agreement among my acquaintan ces that regulations, no matter how

cades, the article says, rubbish col

good, were not likely to be enforced. I

lectors have combed the streets with

asked the newly appointed technical director of a pharmaceutical firm in Cairo what was being done with hazar dous wastes in Egypt. His rather surpris

cess, but was assured that it was sim

donkey carts looking for recyclable material to take back to their houses

where they and their families sort through piles of rubbish by hand. About 15,000 in one impoverished corner of Cairo survive in this indus

try serving the city"s 5 million inhabi tants by separating paper, alumi num, plastic, glass and cotton and selling to factories or in some cases, recycling the material themselves into paper blocks, raw cotton, ma chinery parts and pots, pans, bowls and cooking utensils. "These latter items they sell to local shops, and even export some to Libya and Su dan. Food scraps are fed to the pigs, donkeys, geese and dogs which wan der through the littered dirt roads of

ing response was that he didn"t know and that this question had never before come up. We briefly discussed some

benefits of'cleaner production", I gave him my card,and asked him to call if he

needed any help. Unless knowledge and attitudes change in Egypt, I doubt very much if he will avail himself of my services.

On the positive side, the cement in dustry seems to be enthusiastically em bracing the 'waste auditing for reduc tion" approach. There are ample oppor tunities in Egypt for industrial waste reductions, recycling and environmen tal controls.

this area. *Wastart Ltd.

"While driving to the United Nations Development Programme Office in

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Product Review


PCB Portable Field Lab Bioman Products Inc. announces the

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Model OCF-111 Open Channel Elow Monitor features a built-in 122-day data logger, and a simple user-friendly calib ration system. Formatted flow reports can be transferred through the flow meter's RS-232C serial output, or printed directly on a serial printer. The operator can display reports directly on the flow meter including the date and time of minimum and maximum flow, average flow and total flow for each day.

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Product Review


Ammonia & nitrate monitors

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Distribution system maintenance

By Stan Mason P.Eng.*

Some expert tips on hydrant and gate valve maintenance

There is no doubt in anyone's

not completely drained then con sideration should be given to con verting the unit to a non-drain style which will require pumping out after

mind that fire hydrants require

maintenance. It seems to be

that the problem is how often do they require attention for possible non-operational conditions.

each use. This is preferable to a fro zen hydrant in wintertime. Remem

The National Fire Code of Canada

ber the water level in a drained fire

very clearly states that "Hydrants shall be inspected semi-annually and after each use and shall be tested annually."

hydrant is at the same level as the water table in the surrounding ground. If the hydrant has any of the faults that the Spring service call covers, then maintenance should be proceeded with. If it passes the Spring service call, then tidy it up with a coat of paint. "The Fall maintenance call is getting ready for Winter and should also incor porate the Spring service call. On the maintenance project all internal operat ing parts should be removed for inspec

The code also states that "records of

inspections and testshall be retained for examination by the authority having jurisdiction." If a municipality or a private-installa tion neglects sub section 6.6.4 of the Na tional Fire Code then they could be subject to litigation in the event of a fire hydrant being inoperable at the scene of the fire.

Most manufacturers of fire hydrants

in North America publish literature on the correct service procedures to be fol lowed to "maintain" their product. Pre ventive Maintenance is money much better spent rather than waiting for the eventual break down and failure of the

equipment. After the initial servicing, particularly if it's been 10 years or so since the hydrant waslooked at,thejob is not a large one. Once the service people have put the hydrant back into good working order, the second time around

Stan Mason, P.Eng. President, Terminal City Ironworks, Vancouver

caps and place your hand over the nozzle — you should feel a suction which indicates correct drainage B)after the hydrant is completely drained (5 to 10 minutes depending upon the bury and surrounding soil) listen for leakage passing the main valve seat

C)suspend a plumb-bob through the open port to check for the water level in the hydrant. If the hydrant is

operate. What are the best times for the "semi

Shut off the isolating gate valve (count the number ofturns to be sure of full closure)

Fully open the hydrant and re move all internal parts as instructed continued overleaf

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Distribution system maintenance, con t by the manufacturers maintenance

worn, cut, soft main valve rubber.


Drain seats should be replaced if

A)check all packing — both flax and "O"ring types, make sure all"O"ring grooves are clean. Make sure all flax is soft and pliable. B)check for worn, stripped or offpitch threads on the operating rod. Check for worn threads on the out

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These characteristics can often save

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Maintenance people like to have operating characteristics to work with.

recommends that each valve be oper

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zone in on the trouble area.


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ple to do their job more efficiently. Gate valve servicing is not as in depth as fire hydrant servicing, but a yearly inspection should be instituted. AWWA

Re-assemble the hydrant and then perform the Spring service call.This will automatically require you to turn the isolating gate valve back on (count the turns to be sure of full opening) as the Spring service call inspects the hydrant under pressure. Records should be kept of the fin dings of the Spring service call and of the replacement of worn damaged parts

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D)lubricate all revolving or sliding parts.

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Firemen or operators of hydrants note




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meter handwheel. This is the correct

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