January 2008, Vol. 20, No.1

Business

FuelCell Energy Inc. (Danbury, Conn.), a manufacturer of stationary fuel cells, announced the sale of a 1.2-MW power plant to the Turlock (Calif.) Irrigation District to help meet its growing energy needs and improve air quality in the San Joaquin Valley Air Basin. The Direct FuelCell® power plant will be located at Turlock’s Regional Water Quality Control Facility in California’s Central Valley. By running the plant on a renewable fuel — methane gas generated from its treatment of wastewater — the facility will reduce its carbon footprint by 4717 Mg (5200 ton) annually, compared to a typical fossil-fuel power plant, and save on the cost of fuel.

Mulkey Engineers & Consultants
(Raleigh, N.C.), a multidisciplinary civil engineering firm, hired Shawn Epps to head its Columbia, S.C., office and Mark Yarbrough as survey group manager in the company’s Cary, N.C., office. Epps will oversee the operations, business development, and client maintenance in the South Carolina market. Yarbrough is responsible for the supervision and management of all survey activities related to conventional, geographic positioning system, and laser scanning surveys.

The Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI; Reston, Va.) named Udai P. Singh of engineering, construction, and operations firm CH2M Hill (Englewood, Colo.) as the winner of EWRI’s recent presidential election. Singh will serve a 4-year term on EWRI’s governing board. He has spent his entire 33-year professional career with CH2M Hill, where he has held progressively senior positions as project and program manager, client service manager, and vice president in the firm’s environmental group. Based in the San Francisco office, he is the program manager of a $300 million Superfund contract with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9.

The Town of Natick, Mass., recently received registration to ISO 14001:2004 from NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF; Ann Arbor, Mich.). NSF assessed Natick’s Springvale Water Treatment Facility and found it to be in compliance with ISO 14001:2004, an international environmental management standard. Natick’s Water Division operates the treatment facility, which has the capacity to pump and treat 30,280 m³/d (8 mgd) of groundwater for a community of 32,000 residents, as well as various commercial and retail businesses.

Fred E. Goldman
was elected a vice president of engineering firm Kennedy/Jenks Consultants (San Francisco). Goldman, a principal of the firm, was the owner of GTA Engineering (Phoenix) when it became part of Kennedy/Jenks in 2003. He has more than 30 years of experience in municipal engineering and has been involved in the design of numerous wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal systems and water distribution systems, hydrology studies, and environmental assessments.

Engineering, consulting, and construction company Black & Veatch (Kansas City, Mo.), recently announced that its Westside Water Quality Improvement Project received the 2007 Outstanding Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Implementation Award from the California Stormwater Quality Association (Menlo Park, Calif.). The award was in the Treatment Control–Structural BMP Implementation subcategory. The award was presented to the City of Santa Monica (Calif.), which owns and operates the urban runoff quality treatment facility. Black & Veatch provided design, permitting, and construction support services for the environmentally responsible facility.

GEI Consultants
(Woburn, Mass.), a geotechnical, environmental, water resources, and ecological science and engineering consulting firm, announced recently that the San Diego County Water Authority has been commended by the San Diego County Grand Jury for its efforts to provide a reliable water supply in the event of the interruption of imported water deliveries. GEI has been assisting the water authority on the Emergency Storage Project since 1992.

Veolia Water North America
(Houston), a provider of water and wastewater services for municipalities and industries, named Chibby Alloway executive vice president and chief technical officer. Alloway will report directly to Joe Burgess, president and CEO of Veolia Water North America. A 37-year water industry veteran, Alloway has been president of Veolia Water North America–West since 2005. Prior to that, he had served as vice president and technical director of the company beginning in 1996, directing the western U.S. business until 2005, when he was named president.

The Southern Nevada Water Authority has selected HDR (Omaha, Neb.) to initiate design for its groundwater development pipeline project that will bring a new water source to southern Nevada. HDR’s design work will be performed in phases. In the first phase, HDR will perform hydraulic and surge analyses for more than 322 km (200 mi) of large-diameter pipeline, five pumping stations, four hydroelectric stations, a terminal reservoir, and a treatment plant. The second phase is final design for a 121-km (75-mi) section of 1950-mm and 2100-mm (78-in. and 84-in.) pipeline, a rate of flow control station, and a regulating tank.