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NJDEP Announces New Submittal Process for Water and Wastewater Licenses

Posted on: April 16th, 2021 by eric

On April 15, the DEP announced an updated application process for license applications for water and wastewater.

The process has two steps wherein the applicant completes and returns by postal mail at hard copy the application COVER page and a $70 application fee and emails the remainder of the application and other necessary documentation.

The online portion of the application is in writeable pdf form that can either be filled out completely or printed, completed and signed and then scanned. Instructions are here: https://www.state.nj.us/dep/exams/docs/adm035_checklist.pdf

The NJDEP recently announced that it was replacing five of the six Water and Wastewater Licensed Operator Board of Examiners.

The outgoing members of the board are Dennis Palmer, Steve Dowhan, Gary Fare, Oleg Kostin and Richard Russo. Wendy DeSimone retained her board seat. The new board members are Ron Anastasio, JoAnn Mondsini, Robert Genetelli, Robert Koches and Kouao-Eric Ekoue. David Fields, Charles Jenkins and Pat Gardner are the DEP representatives.

Commissioner Shawn LaTourette’s administrative order making the new appointments also ordered that Ms. Gardner would chair the board until bylaws were drawn up and a chair selected accordingly. AEA, in an April 14 letter, recognized the volunteer service of the long-serving, outgoing members and congratulated the new members.

AEA asked the Commissioner to consider AEA input on future appointments and to resume the informal past practice of consulting with two other water/wastewater sector groups as well. AEA also urged the Commissioner to appoint AEA nominee Pam Carolan to the the second of two seat on the Water and Wastewater Licensed Operator Advisory Committee.

By statute AEA has two seats. One is held by Rick Eustace. In 2017, AEA submitted Eustace for reappointment and Carolan for first-time appointment but no action was taken. 

Virtual Workshop April 7th for Commissioners: Protecting Authorities from Cyber Attack

Posted on: March 25th, 2021 by eric

Virtual Workshop April 7th for Commissioners: Protecting Authorities from Cyber Attack

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    A few days before the 2021 Super Bowl, a hacker successfully penetrated a utility that provided water to the stadium where the Big Game was being played. A sharp-eyed employee caught the intrusion and averted injury to the people of that community.
 
    Even so, the incident is a reminder that protection against cyber attacks is as essential as the security fence around the treatment plant.
 
    Commissioners are invited to join AEA for a virtual workshop on this topic to be held Wed., April 7 at 6 p.m. The speakers will be IT/cyber experts. They will brief the commissioners on the AEA IT Committee, the current types of threats and the benefits to the authority of a well-funded cyber security program.
 
    While this virtual event is being offered especially for commissioners, authority staff may participate. Registration is required. Please email Karen Burris, [email protected], indicating “Commissioner Workshop” in subject line.

Presentations From 2021 AEA Virtual Conference Available For Download

Posted on: March 24th, 2021 by eric

A number of presentations from our 2020 Annual Conference are now available for download in PDF form. Hopefully these documents will serve as a supplement to any notes taken at the conference and will provide  reference for you on these important topics.

Conference Program      

The following presentations are available:

 

Registrations Now Open For 2021 Virtual Utility Management Conference

Posted on: February 18th, 2021 by eric

Registrations are now open for next month’s Virtual Utility Management Conference. Use this online registration form to register.

The conference is being held online March 9 and 10, 2021. TCHs pending

This year’s Virtual Conference is coming, and it coincides with AEA’s 50th Anniversary, so it’s going to be something special.

Make your plans now to join AEA for the kick off of our 50th anniversary at the utility management conference on March 9 and 10. Topics to be presented include:

  • 50th Anniversary Presentation
  • Managing through a Crisis
  • Top HR issues
  • Improving your Utility with Innovative Technologies

And more. Videos from the Wave Award recipients will be presented.

Online Registration Form

Sponsorship Form

Full details are still to come. Check back later for further information.

Onward and Upward: Join AEA’s Virtual Utility Management Conference & Celebrate Our 50th Anniversary

Posted on: February 5th, 2021 by eric

March 9 and 10, 2021

TCHs pending

This year’s Virtual Conference is coming, and it coincides with AEA’s 50th Anniversary, so it’s going to be something special.

Make your plans now to join AEA for the kick off of our 50th anniversary at the utility management conference on March 9 and 10. Topics to be presented include:

  • 50th Anniversary Presentation
  • Managing through a Crisis
  • Top HR issues
  • Improving your Utility with Innovative Technologies

And more. Videos from the Wave Award recipients will be presented.

Full details are still to come. Check back later for registration information.

AEA NJPDES Committee Makes Case for Science-based Approach to Address PFAS Chemicals in Surface Water

Posted on: February 4th, 2021 by Peggy Gallos

The AEA NJPDES Committee in January presented well-reasoned recommendations regarding future regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in surface waters in testimony to the Clean Water Council (CWC). AEA advised the CWC and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to formulate permitting regulations informed by EPA-approved testing and data being collected by drinking water purveyors.

The CWC is required to hold an annual public hearing but COVID pushed the 2020 hearing into 2021; it was held Jan. 21 virtually. The hearing opened with remarks by Shawn LaTourette, Acting Commissioner, along with Virginia Wong, Chief, NPDES Permit Program, Water Division at USEPA Region 2 as well as Meg Parish, permits section manager, and Josie Nusz, water quality scientist, both from the State of Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment.

Pam Carolan, executive director of Mount Laurel Township MUA and committee chair, was the first of representatives from AEA-member organizations who testified. She was followed by Tom Laustsen of Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, Ron Anastasio of Somerset Raritan Valley RSA, Mike Wynne of Hanover Sewerage Authority, Diane Alexander of Maraziti Falcon, John Scheri of Mott MacDonald, and Dennis Palmer of Landis SA.

PVSC also arranged for Attorney Amanda Waters of Aqualaw, a Maryland-based firm with expertise in water, wastewater and related law, to testify. The entire AEA NJPDES Committee worked together to formulate the testimony.

Ms. Carolan testified that the wastewater sector shares the concerns about the presence of PFAS compounds in the environment.

“We are partners in environmental protection,” she said, noting that AEA members have worked successfully with the DEP to address nitrate in the Passaic River and PCBs in the Delaware River.

Several speakers advised the CWC that source control is the best option for managing PFAS chemicals. AEA recommended that New Jersey allow time for the gathering and analysis of the valuable data that new drinking water regulations will provide to help determine locations in the State of greatest concern. AEA noted that although there is no EPA-approved method of analysis for wastewater at this time, it is expected soon. Waiting for that approved method would create clarity and uniformity.

Treating PFAS chemicals in wastewater is a problematic approach because of limitations in technology available and the great costs of these technologies, Mr. Scheri and Mr. Palmer testified.

Mr. Laustsen described steps PVSC is already taking to track potential sources of PFAS in its flow. He and several speakers discussed the value of this type of voluntary monitoring. The State should take a targeted approach, using source control and protection of drinking water intakes as the objectives, several speakers advised.

AEA testimony also advised the State be cognizant of the impact surface water regulations could have on the processing of biosolids, limiting well-accepted approaches like land application and causing big cost increases.

AEA submitted a seven-page comment document to the CWC on Jan. 29, available for reading and download here. Among other entities that submitted written comments were PVSC, Landis SA, and Pinelands Wastewater Company, which is owned by Middlesex Water.

The CWC is a statutorily created body of State government established in 1967 to serve as an advisory board to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and to improve the water pollution control program in New Jersey. The Council consists of 18 appointed members: seven permanent members and 11 members who serve for four year terms. For its current membership, follow the link: https://www.nj.gov/dep/cleanwatercouncil/cwcmembers.htm.

Interested in learning more about the AEA NJPDES Committee or becoming a members? Contact Peggy Gallos.