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The 17th EBS Industrial Wastewater Treatment Seminar Info

April 5 – 8, 2011 – Mandeville, LA

Overview – Industrial & Refinery Wastewater Seminar

Wastewater Treatment

EBS is excited to announce that our Spring industrial and refinery wastewater treatment seminar will be held April 5-8th. We are offering an expanded curriculum for this class.  In addition to the topics that focus on traditional biological treatment, we will provide training on pretreatment technologies and new advanced treatment approaches.  With this expanded curriculum even those who attended previous EBS courses will be exposed to new technical material. In addition, we will have a session on regulatory issues.

The EBS wastewater treatment seminar is one of the most comprehensive seminars offered specifically for industrial and refinery wastewater treatment plants. The courses combine classroom lecture with hands on laboratory training to allowing participants to gain experience with actual samples from numerous wastewater systems.

Our seminar is designed for all industrial wastewater and environmental personnel from operations personnel such as operators, supervisors, and laboratory personnel to plant environmental managers, technical directors, and supervisors.  This class also has a great deal of valuable information for consultants and chemical suppliers to manufacturing and refinery wastewater treatment systems. The material focuses on monitoring, operating, and optimizing biological wastewater treatment systems in industrial facilities. With courses designed for pulp & paper, petrochemical, petroleum refining, and food processing industries, there is something for everyone. Both experienced wastewater professionals and newcomers to the field will find the courses extremely valuable and each will take away process optimization and cost reduction ideas.

Finally, as a Certified Environmental Trainers (CET), Mike Foster and Paul Klopping can provide you with Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) if needed. Please let us know if they are needed in advance so we can notify your state for approval.

CourseThe Courses

  • Course 1: Introduction Industrial to Wastewater Treatment –    14 hrs (1.4 CEUs)
  • Course 2: Breakout sessions on topics relevant to class attendees – 7 hrs (0.7 CEUs)
  • Course 3: Hands-on laboratory workshop – 7 hrs (0.7 CEUs)


Course 1: Introduction to Industrial Wastewater Treatment

Instructors: Mike Foster & Paul Klopping

This course is an introduction and overview of wastewater treatment with topics that include evaluating wastewater for BOD loading, treatability and environmental impact. All types of treatment technologies will be covered but with emphasis on those technologies and approaches most applicable to class attendees.

Session One

The Sources of Industrial Wastewater and the Treatment Process of Wastewater (3.5 Hours)

Topics include:

  • Basic terms and definitions
  • Sources of industrial wastewater
  • Categorizing and quantifying wastewater contaminants
  • Understanding and measuring oxygen demand
  • Overview of treatment concepts – chemical, mechanical, and biological
  • The industries that will be covered include:
    • Oil refineries and petrochemical treatment processes
    • Specialty chemical manufacturing
    • Paper and pulp, printing and packaging industry wastewater treatment process
    • Food processing and dairy wastes

Session Two

Fundamentals of Biological Treatment Systems (7.0 Hours)

Biological systems are driven by eight growth pressures – food, pH, toxicity, dissolved oxygen, nutrients, biomass, temperature, and retention time. This session will cover in detail each growth pressure with emphasis on monitoring and control of each pressure. The attendees will also learn about the various types and configurations of biological systems including activated sludge, aerated stabilization basins, SBR, membrane systems, and fixed film systems.




Session Three

Microscopic Examination of Biological Wastewater Samples (3.5 Hours)

This course covers the fundamentals of microscopic examination including basic skills but also introduces advanced skills, such as staining and filamentous identification. Attendees are encouraged to bring or ship samples from their systems to be examined during the session.

Course 2: Selected Wastewater Topics

Instructors: Beth Guidotti, Mike Foster, Paul Klopping, Carl Siener, & J’ohnnie Wilson.

This course consists of topics that are most relevant to the class attendees. We will have breakout sessions that are industry and treatment system dependent. The specific breakouts will be determined once we have a good indication of the class make up. The format for these sessions include lecture, group discussion, and hands on lab work.

Likely breakout sessions will cover:

  • Operation and control of pulp and paper mill aerated stabilization basins (ASBs)
  • Refinery and petrochemical wastewater treatment processes
  • Microscopic examination of attendee samples (shipped in or brought in)
  • Activated sludge process control
  • Nutrient control and TMDLs
  • Basics of NPDES permitting
  • Nitrification and denitrification
  • Aeration control and optimization
  • Upgrading pulp and paper ASBs
  • Challenges facing operators of small industrial wastewater systems (<100 gpd)
  • Evaluating secondary clarification

Lab WorkshopCourse 3: Hands-on Lab Workshop

Instructors: J’ohnnie Wilson.


This course is a hands-on workshop detailing the how and why of running tests used for monitoring and optimizing treatment systems. The class will be broken into small groups who will learn the specific tests used in their system type. It includes instruction on monitoring oxygen demand (BOD and COD), Dissolved Oxygen Uptake Rate, nutrients, suspended solids, and other wastewater parameters.

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)

Previous seminars were approved for operator training continuing education credit for wastewater operator certification in LA, MS, AL, AR, and GA. Other state approvals will be submitted upon request. Please note that many states require course approval prior to the class so please let us know in advance if you need these credits.

The Speakers

Mike FosterMike Foster is Principal Consultant for Environmental Business Specialists, LLC in Mandeville, LA. Mike started EBS in 1997 after a thirteen-year career with a major supplier of wastewater treatment chemicals. EBS provides training, products, and consulting services to industrial wastewater treatment systems, particularly the pulp and paper industry. Mike conducts training classes and seminars throughout North America, China and Europe on activated sludge systems, ASBs, polymers, and the use of chemical and biological technologies in these systems.

Mike received his B.S. degree in Chemistry and a M.S. degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is a Certified Environmental Trainer (CET) in wastewater and holds Class IV Wastewater Operator Licenses in MS, LA, and AR. For ten years, Mike served as course chairman of the TAPPI Environmental Biological Wastewater Workshop.

Paul KloppingPaul Klopping is Principal Consultant for Callan and Brooks in Corvallis, OR. Previously, Paul spent five years as Senior Vice-President of Industrial Wastewater for Brown and Caldwell. A specialist in biological wastewater treatment, he has over thirty years experience in plant operations, training, and technical assistance. His expertise in activated sludge process control, solids handling, and facility management has been utilized in hundreds of projects throughout North America, the South Pacific, and Europe.

Paul’s education includes a B.S. and three years of postgraduate study in microbiology. He is a Certified Environmental Trainer, a former Department Chairman of the Water/Wastewater Technology Department at Linn-Benton Community College in Oregon, a charter member and Past President of the National Environmental Training Association, and Past President of the Pacific Northwest Pollution Control Association. Paul was a faculty member of TAPPI’s Activated Sludge Short Course and Biological Wastewater Workshop for eleven years.


Carl SienerCarl Siener is a representative for Environmental Technical Sales (ETEC) of Baton Rouge, LA. ETEC represents over thirty equipment manufacturers serving the wastewater treatment industry and specializes in the pulp and paper industry. Carl will present information on aeration equipment and aeration basin flow optimization. Carl graduated from Louisiana State University in 1976 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He has over twenty-five years of experience in the industrial wastewater treatment industry.







Johnnie WilsonJ’ohnnie Wilson is the Technical Director for Environmental Business Specialists. J’ohnnie started with EBS in 2007 after a twelve year career with a major pulp and paper manufacturer. She also worked as a microbiologist and chemist in the simulations lab for a biological products company and as a chemist for an analytical testing laboratory. J’ohnnie received her B.S. degree in Microbiology from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge Campus in 1992. She has seventeen years of experience in the fields of chemical testing, microbiological testing, and wastewater treatment troubleshooting. She currently holds a license as a Certified Wastewater Lab Analyst in the State of Georgia and with the Association of Boards of Certification. She is a member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI), and the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI). J’ohnnie serves as the Training Chair for the Louisiana Water Environment Association (LWEA).

Wilson coordinates the EBS lab, the safety department, and the projects group. Her responsibilities include treatability studies, special laboratory projects, and filamentous bacteria identifications. She also provides auditing, training and on-site consulting as well as troubleshooting and the optimization of wastewater treatment systems.

Beth Guidotti Beth Guidotti is Field Services Director for Environmental Business Specialists, starting with EBS in 2005. She has performed a wide variety of jobs for EBS, and her responsibilities grow as EBS grows. She started as Field Specialist calling on a few accounts to Project Manager where she conducted and wrote ASB assessments and tracer/depth studies. In her current role as Director of Field Specialists she manages the field team and coordinates services for accounts new and old.

Prior to her work at EBS she was a Technical Engineer for a major chemical company and responsible design changes; liaison with research laboratory; support of production and startup testing groups; training and procedure development; and process safety/hazards reviews. She earned her BS in Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University in 1988 and worked as a Co-op student.


Lodging: The seminar is held at the EBS Headquarters, Lab, and Training Center in Mandeville, LA. Mandeville is approximately 45 minutes from the airport, on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain. The registration form provides a list of hotels in Covington (immediately north of Mandeville) along with phone numbers. All of these hotels are on the same exit and within 7 miles of our training center which is one exit away.

Meals: Lunch will be provided Tuesday through Thursday. Snacks and drinks will be available during the day. Breakfast and dinner are not included. However, a hospitality event will be held on Tuesday evening at the Foster’s home. All attendees and their spouses or guests are encouraged to attend this event.

Spouses. There is plenty within the city of New Orleans to keep anyone busy for days. There are wonderful restaurants, historic architecture, fine art, unique music, great outdoor activities, and so much more. New Orleans is a city like no other. Also on the northshore of Lake Pontchatrain we also have many of the same opportunities such as great dining, shopping, and outdoor activities like biking, boating, hiking, sailing, fishing, or even a stroll through one of our beautiful state parks. South Louisiana has something for everyone. You can find some more great ideas on spending free time with the family in South Louisiana at http://www.neworleanscvb.com/mini/index.cfm & http://www.louisiananorthshore.com/.

Travel Arrangements

Air Travel: New Orleans is served by all major airlines including Southwest and Delta, both of whom have frequent flights and generally reasonable fares.

Rental Cars: You will require a rental car if flying in.

For more information, contact Pam Dychtwald at (985) 674-0660 ext. 114


or by email at dychtwald@ebsbiowizard.com

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