PCBS: The next frontier in microconstituent regulation - A case study of municipal wastewater treatment

Lynn Williams Stephens, Rob Lindsay, Michael Milne, Adam Klein, Valerie Fuchs, Lisa Rodenburg

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Abstract

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a ubiquitous contaminant found throughout the environment, including air and water. They are present in sewage, stormwater, groundwater, and even rainfall. The health hazards associated with PCBs have caused regulatory agencies to investigate PCB sources and impacts associated with municipal wastewater treatment. The objective of this session is to discuss this emerging issue, present a case study of a municipal wastewater utility currently faced with an effluent PCB regulation, and to evaluate potential methods of control, either through source control or treatment processes at the plant. Spokane County and Brown and Caldwell will present together on the County’s toxics management program, including 4 years of influent, effluent, and collection system PCB results, how the results compare to state and local standards, and the challenges inherent in monitoring and controlling persistent toxics present at very low concentrations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWEFTEC 2016 - 89th Water Environment Federation Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference
PublisherWater Environment Federation
Pages5423-5429
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781510870475
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Event89th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference, WEFTEC 2016 - New Orleans, United States
Duration: Sep 24 2016Sep 28 2016

Publication series

NameWEFTEC 2016 - 89th Water Environment Federation Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference
Volume6

Conference

Conference89th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference, WEFTEC 2016
CountryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Period9/24/169/28/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecological Modeling
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Water Science and Technology

Keywords

  • Microconstituents
  • PCBs
  • Parts per quadrillion
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls
  • Regulations
  • Toxins

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    Stephens, L. W., Lindsay, R., Milne, M., Klein, A., Fuchs, V., & Rodenburg, L. (2016). PCBS: The next frontier in microconstituent regulation - A case study of municipal wastewater treatment. In WEFTEC 2016 - 89th Water Environment Federation Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (pp. 5423-5429). (WEFTEC 2016 - 89th Water Environment Federation Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference; Vol. 6). Water Environment Federation.