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Optimization Program ­­– EPA Small Systems Webinar

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On June 5th, Tom Waters (of TSC’s Optimization Team), co-presented with Nick Dugan (of ORD/NRMRL) in the ORD/OW Small Systems Webinar Series. Their presentation, entitled Conventional Treatment Options for Harmful Algal Blooms, focused on surface waters impacted by harmful algal blooms (HABs). Topics included cyanobacterial cell and cyanotoxin removals through coagulation, sedimentation and filtration; propagation of cyanotoxins and indicator parameters of cyanobacterial biomass through a surface water treatment facility; removal of cyanobacterial toxins by powdered activated carbon (PAC); the impact of permanganate oxidation on cyanobacterial cell integrity, toxin release, and toxin degradation; and toxin degradation by free chlorine. A considerable amount of information shared during this presentation was attained through the Optimization Team’s pilot project with Ohio EPA to develop a HAB-focused water treatment plant “comprehensive performance evaluation” (CPE) tool.  Almost 1,400 attendees participated, representing all 50 states, 10 EPA Regions, 10 Tribal Nations, 1 territory, and 14 countries (Tom Waters, US EPA/ TSC).