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Wastewater Seminar

The 21st EBS Industrial Wastewater Treatment Seminar
May 14-16, 2013 Mandeville, LA


Simply print out the registration form (click here to download)  or register via our online registration form and select how you want to submit your completed form.

  1. Mail: Environmental Business Specialists, P.O. Box 1936, Mandeville, LA 70470-1936
  2. Email: tranchina@ebsbiowizard.com
  3. Fax:  985-674-3483


EBS will host its 21st Industrial Wastewater Treatment Seminar May 14-16, 2013. By signing up, you will embark on one of the most comprehensive industrial wastewater treatment seminars available to industry.

We offer courses on troubleshooting and optimizing your wastewater treatment system. In addition, hands-on microbiological examination and laboratory testing of your samples provide meaningful feedback to your plant. These courses cover wastewater treatment in pulp and paper, speciality chemical, petrochemical, petroleum refining, and food processing industries.

As Certified Environmental Trainers (CETs), Mike Foster and Paul Klopping offer continuing education hours. Please let us know in advance if you are interested in CEU’s as states require advance approval.


The Courses

Instructor – Robin Schroeder

Topics Include:

  • Basic terms & definitions
  • Sources of industrial wastewater
  • Categorizing & quantifying wastewater contaminants
  • Understanding & measuring oxygen demand

Industries that will be covered:

  • Oil refineries and petrochemical treatment processes
  • Specialty chemical manufacturing
  • Pulp and paper, printing, and packaging industry
  • Food processing and dairy waste

Instructor – J’ohnnie Wilson

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

Instructors – Carl Siener & Beth Dillman

This course consists of topics that are most relevant to class attendees. We will conduct breakout sessions that are industry and treatment system dependent. The specific sessions are determined upon class make up. The formats for these sessions include lecture, group discussion, and hands-on lab work.

Instructors – J’ohnnie Wilson

This course covers the fundamentals of microscopic examination. It includes 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.

Instructor – J’ohnnie Wilson

This course is a hands-on workshop detailing the hows and whys of running tests used for monitoring and optimizing treatment systems. It includes instruction on monitoring oxygen demand (BOD and COD), Dissolved Oxygen Uptake Rate, nutrients, suspended solids, and other wastewater parameters.

Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s)

Earn your CEU credits by attending an EBS seminar. Our seminar is approved for operator training continuing educating credits for wastewater operator certification in LA, MS, AL, and GA. Other state approvals are 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.



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. Mike conducts training classes and seminars throughout North America, Asia 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 an 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. Mike authored numerous articles and papers on topics including nutrient optimization, activated sludge process control, bioaugmentation and micronutrient technology.

Paul KloppingPaul Klopping is Principal Consultant for Callan and Brooks in Corvallis, OR. 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.

Elizabeth DillmanBeth Dillman is the Vice President of Wastewater Services. Beth started her career with EBS in 2005 and has performed in a variety of technical support and managerial jobs, her responsibilities growing over the years. As Field Specialist, Beth serviced several papermill accounts. As Project Manager, Beth conducted and wrote ASB assessments and performed tracer/depth studies. With her current responsibilities, Beth oversees the field team of personnel, coordinating technical, personnel, and equipment services for accounts new and old, and the laboratories, coordinating projects and research implemented in those areas.

Beth earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University in 1988 and worked as a Co-op student for DuPont at their Fayetteville Works location in NC. She is a member of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) and joins EBS at NCASI workshops.

Robin SchroederRobin Schroeder is the Global Key Client Manager for all of EBS’s International Paper mill locations. Robin joined EBS in August 2009 and has performed everything from laboratory work to traveling over the country troubleshooting client issues.

Robin received a B.S. in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University in 2005. In 2011 she received an M.S. in Hydrogeology from the University of New Orleans (UNO). Robin holds a Class 4 Wastewater Operator License. She has presented and published a paper at the WEFTEC 2011 conference in Los Angeles, CA titled “Controlling benthic feedback in an aeration stabilization basin.”

J'ohnnie WilsonJ’ohnnie Wilson is the Director of Client Services for EBS in Mandeville, LA. J’ohnnie joined EBS in August 2007 after a twelve-year career in the environmental department of a major paper mill. J’ohnnie provides training and on-site consulting for the optimization of wastewater treatment systems. She assists plant environmental departments with their laboratory testing methodology and lab layout as well as performing lab audits.

Additionally, J’ohnnie is responsible for the safety aspect of EBS and assists with lab safety audits. She is a Certified Wastewater Lab Analyst through the state of Georgia. She has completed a 30-hour training in General Industry Occupational Safety and Health Standards and is a member of the National Safety Council (NSC)

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 is an expert in 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.


Lodging: This training seminar is held at the EBS Headquarters, Lab, and Training Center in Mandeville, LA. Mandeville is approximately 45 minutes from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans airport, on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain. Here is a list of hotels in Covington (immediately north of Mandeville) along with phone numbers. All area hotels are within 10 miles of our training center.

Clarion Inn & Suites
501 Hwy 190
Covington LA 70433
Hampton Inn
68700 Hwy 190 Service Rd
Covington LA 70433
Courtyard by Marriott
101 Northpark Blvd
Covington LA 70433


Homewood Suites by Hilton
101 Holiday Square Blvd
Covington LA 70433
Comfort Inn & Suites
30 Louis Prima Drive
Covington LA 70433
Country Inn & Suites
130 Holiday Blvd.
Covington LA 70433


LaQuinta Inn & Suites
200 Pinnacle Pkwy
Covington LA 70433
Homewood Suites by Hilton
101 Holiday Square Blvd
Covington LA 70433


Meals: Lunch and snacks are provided Monday through Wednesday. EBS will host a hospitality event Tuesday evening; all attendees and their guests are invited.

Attractions: In New Orleans you can never get too much of a good thing. 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. On the north shore of Lake Pontchatrain we have many of the same opportunities such as great dining, shopping, and outdoor activities. The northshore offers beautiful state parks were your can enjoy biking, boating, hiking, sailing, and fishing. Or visit our very own Abita Brewery and get a taste of the 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. Please visit www.flymsy.com for more information on flight arrangements.

Rental Cars: Need a rental car? Visit http://neworleanswebsites.com/cat/au/re/re.html for a complete listing of car rental companies.

For more information, contact Marie Tranchina
Email: tranchina@ebsbiowizard.com
Phone:985-674-0660 ext 114

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