WEF Conference on Odors and Air Pollutants 15-18 April 2012 in Kentucky, USA.

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Wef odors 2012Next conference on Odors and Air Pollutants 2012 organized by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) will take place in the Kentucky International Convention Center, in Louisville, Kentucky.

The conference will take place in April 15th to 18th, 2012 and there will be also an exhibition the 16th and 17th, 2012. Registration will open in January, 2012. This year’s Odors and Air Pollutants Conference will bring together environmental professionals from the technical and regulated communities to discuss state-of-the-art techniques for the assessment and control of odors and air pollutants while promoting the use and acceptance of effective innovative technologies.

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 Please visit the following website http://www.wef.org/OdorsAir/ for further information.

 The 2012 Conference will kick off with two keynote speakers presenting two interesting messages. The first half will introduce Lauren Anderson, Executive Director of the Louisville Metro Government Air Pollution Control District, who will highlight the last ten years of the highly acclaimed Strategic Toxic Air Reduction (STAR) program and its success in reducing high levels of toxic chemicals in the air in specific Louisville neighborhoods. The second keynote speaker is Alex Novak, Director of Operations at the Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District, who will offer a presentation on balancing odor control needs with other important treatment plant functions and will discuss options on full service odor control contracts.

This year's Odors and Air Pollutants 2012 Conference technical program will stress real-life experience and lessons learned. The conference will cater to the following technical session topics: 

Methods of Sampling, Measuring, and Estimating Emissions Odor and emission Control Systems
Odor Control Planning and Monitoring Biological Odor Control
Fate and Odor Modeling Innovative Technologies
Collection System Odors and Corrosion Design of Odor Control Systems
Emission from Biosolids Collection Systems Tunnel Ventilation


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Odors and Air Pollutants 2012

Session 1: Sampling and Odor Evaluation

Uncertainty of Olfactometry Measurements Caused by Sampling Issues
Y. Laor, U. Ravid, A. Hanan, Agricultural Research Organization; Y. Abbou, Agricultural Research Organization and Tel Aviv University; P. Orenstein, Ministry of Environmental Protection

Chemical and Odor Evaluation of Various Potential Replacement Films for Sampling Bags
A. Fortune, S. Henningsen, ALS Columbia; C. McGinley, M. McGinley, St. Croix Sensory; M. Tuday, ALS Columbia

Precision and Accuracy of Odor Control System Performance Tests
C. McGinley, M. McGinley, St. Croix Sensory, Inc.

Characteristics and Recognition Thresholds of Environmental Odours in Ontario
S. McDonald, Pinchin Environmental Ltd.

Beyond H2S: Applying Gas Chromatography To Characterize SewerOdour Emissions
E. Sivret, B. Wang, G. Parcsi, The University of New South Wales; S. Kenny, H. Bustamante, Sydney Water; R. Stuetz, The University of New South Wales

Investigating Odor Control Needs in the Honouliuli Sewer Collection System Service Area - A Case Study
R. Stallings, J. Koch, M. Riendeau, T. Hamic, J. Fahmie, AECOM; J. Dai, City of Honolulu

Session 2: Planning for a Better Odor Tomorrow

Phased Approach to Odor Control at Moccasin Bend WWTP
D. Bible, ARCADIS;  J. W. (Buz) Rush III, Webster Environmental Associates, Inc.

Promoting Environmental Justice as an Essential Best Management Practice for Utilities in Economically Distressed Communities
A.Kricun, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority

Sustainability and Robustness Assessment of Odor Control Technology at Water Treatment Plants
B. Kraakman, CH2M HILL/Delft University of Technology; J. Estrada, Valladolid University; J. Cesca, CH2M HILL; R. Munoz, Valladolid University

Odor Dispersion Barrier Walls – Theory and Practical Application
D. McEwen, Brown and Caldwell

The Relative Benefits of Dynamic vs Steady-State Continuous Odor Emissions Dispersion Monitoring for Multiple Sources
D. Froehlich, Pima County, AZ; C. Mendes, Odotech

Running the Gauntlet: Modeling for Compliance with the New NAAQS
P. Diosey, ARCADIS

Session 3: H2O and Odor Dispersion Modeling

Air Dispersion Modeling at Wastewater Plants: A Significant Shift in Odor Objectives
P Wolstenholme, Brown and Caldwell; J. Fickas, Trinity Consultants

Odor Modeling with Updated Meteorological Data: A Comparison of H2S Impacts using Standard Hourly ASOS and 1-minute ASOS Data
P. Diosey, L. Farrell, R. Jalbert, ARCADIS

Model Dependence on Predicted Odor Impacts
R. Porter, D. Chartrand, CH2M HILL

Modeling Odor Dispersion from a Wastewater Treatment Plant Based on OlfactometryMeasurements vs. Theoretical H2S Emissions
Y. Laor, U. Ravid, Agricultural Research Organization; Y. Abbou, Agricultural Research Organization and Tel Aviv University; A. Ullmann, Tel Aviv University

Validation of Odor Modeling using Field Surveys
G.Galvin, R. Ormerod, M. Fogarty, G. Starke, PAEHolmes

Session 4: Solving Underground Collection Systems Emissions

A Systematic Approach for Effective Collection System Sulfide and Corrosion Management Planning
S. Koh, G. Van Durme, L. Parsons, Black & Veatch; C. Belvin, Trinity River Authority

What Now!: Emissions Monitoring and Control in Collection Systems
R. Pope, ARCADIS; A. Poosti, S. Hare, V. Lorenzo, City of Los Angeles; M. Smith, Brown and Caldwell

Modeling and Mitigating Hydrogen Sulfide in Municipal Interceptors from a High Strength, High Temperature Industrial Wastewater
J. Siczka, CH2M HILL; B. Oldenburg, B. Vander Loop, P. McCarthy, Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District; B. Desing, CH2M HILL

Using Dynamic Hydraulic Modeling to Understand Sewer Headspace Dynamics – A Case Study of Metro Vancouver’s Highbury Interceptor
Y. Suda, Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.

Review of Wastewater Sulfate Concentration Impacts on Hydrogen Sulfide Odor and Corrosion in Wastewater Collection Systems
J. Joyce, V&A Consulting Engineers

Session 5: Ventilation of Wastewater Collection Tunnels

A Comparison of Air Flow in Four Types of Sewage Drop Structures
A. Margevicius, URS

Abu Dhabi’s Strategic Tunnel Enhancement Programme: Regional Odour Extraction System Approach
S. Cowdem, CH2M HILL; S. Orakzai, Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company; T. Krause, CH2M HILL

Optimization of Air Flow in a Deep Tunnel System for the City of Los Angeles
P. Wolstenholme, Brown and Caldwell; C. Amaya, City of Los Angeles; C. Hunniford, V&AConsulting Engineers

Dropshaft Eduction: Ventilation Impacts on the Design of Vapor Phase Odor Control
C. Hunniford, V&A Consulting Engineers; S. Soon, Austin Water Utilities; J. Joyce, V&A Consulting Engineers

Control of Odor Emissions from a CSO Storage Tunnel in Providence, R.I.
R. Bowker, Bowker & Associates; P. Albert, A. Dalmazzi, Narragansett Bay Commission; J. Pratt, Louis Berger Group; D. Bowen, Wright-Pierce

Session 6: Designing Odor Control Systems – What Works

But Did I Learn Anything?: Activated Carbon Miscues
R. Pope, Malcolm Pirnie, The Water Division of ARCADIS-US

Getting Your Money’s Worth: Existing System Performance Testing and Optimization Leads to Cost Effective Design
T. Hahn, CH2M HILL; C. Keeter, Water & Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County; J. Bell, B. Forbes, CH2M HILL

Improving Energy and Operational Efficiency In Odor Control Systems
S. Davidson, JCS Engineering

Odor Control for the Perfect Storm of Sewer Sulfide Release
D. Apgar, King County, Wastewater Treatment Division

Successful Odor Control in the Heart of Fort Collins, Colorado
C. Hibbard, R. Kemp, L. Mueller, Fort Collins Utilities; J. Hlad, S. Trujillo, MWH

Removing Headspace Restriction Saves Thousands for Hillsborough County, Florida
V. Harshman, Siemens; R. Sutherland, Hillsborough County Florida Public Utilities Department

Session 7: Biosolids Odors and Control: A Broad Perspective

Evaluation of Odor Emissions from Solids Handling Processes
D. Coates, Delray Beach, FL; K. Smeby, F. Martinez, J. Koroshec, Hazen and Sawyer

Ten Years Of Odor Research On Biosolids-What Have We Learned?
J. Novak, Virginia Tech; S. Murthy, DC Water; M. Higgins, Bucknell University; B. Forbes, Z. Erdal, CH2M HILL

Using the Monitoring of Odors from a Biosolids Composting Site to Optimize the Process and Reduce the Costs
D. Martin, T. Jean, Sede Environnement; P. Micone, Odotech

Emissions Comparison of Natural Gas Usage and Digester Gas Usage in Biosolids Drying
M. Ghorbanian, University of Louisville; R. Bates, Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District; R. Barnett, J. P. Mohsen, University of Louisville

Optimizing a Large Scale Biofilter Treating Compost Exhaust Air
N. Webster, Webster Environmental Associates, Inc.; C. Alloway, Synagro

Session 8: Wastewater Treatment Plant Based Odor Control

Activated Sludge Off-Gas Carbon Adsorption Treatment
C. Morton, Malcolm Pirnie, The Water Division of ARCADIS-US; N. Federerici, NYCDEP

Expanding the Use of Activated Sludge at Biological Waste Water Treatment Plants for Odor Control
J. Kiesewetter, B. Kraakman, J. Cesca, S. Trainor, J. Witherspoon, CH2M HILL

A Sustainable Way to Reduce the Lifecycle Cost of Odor Treatment
S. Keaney, Anua

The Do It Yourself (DIY) Approach to Treating Extreme H2S Odors in Little River, South Carolina
P. Schuler, Brown and Caldwell; F. Kisner, Little River Water & Sewerage Company

Keeping it Within the Fence: Dispersion Modeling, Piloting, and Innovation Help the City of Bryan, Texas Control Dewatering Odors
K. Santoro, L. Mosse, CDM Smith; M. Jurica, V. Harris, City of Bryan, Texas

Hydrogen Sulfide Monitoring Around the Barceloneta Wastewater Treatment Plant
R. Porter, T. Ruiz, M. Ward, CH2M HILL; J.C. Pérez, PRASA

Session 9: Biological Solutions to Odor/Emissions Control

Biofiltration of H2S at High Loading Rates with Nitrified Reclaimed Water as a Nutrient/Moisture Source
P. Fox, D. Locher, Arizona State University

Biofiltration - Acrylonitrile Removal Success Story
B. Koetter, Webster Environmental Associates, Inc; J. Reece, INEOS ABS

Controlling Volatile Organic Compound Emissions Using Biological Techniques at the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant
A. Lee, R. Morton, C. Tang, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County

An Innovative Method for Oxidizing Hydrogen Sulfide using Hydroxyl Radicals
J. Patel, C. Franco, D.Diaz, C. Yestrebsky, University of Central Florida

Utilization of Trickling Bed Air Biofilter in the Treatment of Hydrophobic Odors
A. Zehraoui, University of Cincinnati; A. Hassan, USEPA; G. Sorial, University of Cincinnati

Session 10: Innovative Approaches to Odor/Emissions Control and Estimating

A Comprehensive Biochemical Characterization of Methane Generation Within a Wastewater Force Main
M. Ward, CH2M HILL; C. Bott, J. Sparks, Hampton Roads Sanitation District; C. Easter, CH2M HILL

Performance and Economic Improvement in Vapor Adsorbers Using Structured Activated Carbon Media
D. Schaaf, P. Walmet, J. Perry, MeadWestvaco Corp.

Meeting Stringent Emissions Limits for Biogas-Fired IC Engines
V. Kogan, Orange County Sanitation District; K. Liang, ARCADIS

Odor Control Using Chemical Dosing, Coupled with Odor Monitoring Electronic Noses on an Aeration Basin at a WWTP
M. Feltner, A. Kennedy, J. Layne, Hampton Roads Sanitation District; P. Neofotistos, US Peroxide; T. Pagé, Odotech; S. Paterson, Kruger

VOC Reduction Characteristics of a Mechanically Agitated Contacting System for Oxygenation of Wastewater: A Fate & Transport Modeling Study
M. Fabiyi, Praxair, Inc


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