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Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to present “Mercury An Old Problem With New Implications” at NEWEA’s Annual Conference in Boston
January 20, 2014
From January 26 through the 29, New England Water Environment Federation (NEWEA) will hold its Annual Conference and Exhibit at the Boston Marriott Hotel. This prestigious conference, which attracts over 2000 engineers, consultants, scientists, operators, and students features a variety of technical sessions, over 200 exhibitor displays, presentations on state-of-the-art wastewater treatment concepts, and information on other water environment issues.
On Wednesday, January 29, Bill Potochniak, PE, Practice Area Leader Healthcare and Education, from Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc., (CAPACCIO) along with Dave Foye, PE, Senior Engineer, MEP, from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center(BIDMC) in Boston, will present a technical session on “Mercury—An Old Problem with New Implications.”
Although rampant use of elemental mercury no longer takes place in modern healthcare facilities, environmental regulatory agencies have increased enforcement against healthcare institutions relative to the discharge of mercury which can be contained in wastewater discharged from research and clinical laboratories to the sewer. In the metro-Boston area, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority enforces an effluent limitation of one part per billion from regulated industries and institutions. Successfully treating laboratory wastewater to meet such stringent effluent limits hinges on selecting a treatment method that can handle the predominant species of mercury contained in the effluent.
CAPACCIO and BIDMC’s technical presentation will focus on the initial testing and ultimate design and installation of a mercury removal system at one of BIDMC’s clinical and research buildings. The presentation will demonstrate the importance of the pilot testing phase in the design process and how it led to the full-scale system design. In addition, Mr. Potochniak and Mr. Foye will outline the planning and coordination process and challenges that surfaced during the procurement, construction, and installation process.
For more information or to register to attend the NEWEA Annual Conference and Exhibit, please visit http://www.newea.org/Events/AnnualConference/tabid/178/Default.aspx. For technical questions or information regarding the aforementioned presentation, please contact Bill Potochniak at 508-970-0033 ext. 134 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAPACCIO presented "SEC Conflict Minerals Ruling: Ensuring Compliance and Meeting Customer Demands" at SESHA National EHS Symposium In March
January 22, 2013
Capaccio Environmental Engineering Inc. (CAPACCIO) presented “SEC Conflict Minerals Ruling: Ensuring Compliance and Meeting Customer Demands” at this year’s Semiconductor Environmental Safety and Health Association (SESHA) ESH Symposium and Exhibition March 18-22 in Long Beach, California. SESHA is the premier international organization which promotes the effective communication of safety, health and environmental information on cutting edge high technology ESH topics to the electronics and related high technology industries.
In August 2012, the SEC adopted a ruling mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that requires publically-traded companies to disclose their use of conflict minerals originating from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or an adjoining country. Conflict minerals, including tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold, are largely found in electronic and semiconductor components. Conducting due diligence and tracing the use of conflict minerals to comply with the ruling will be a substantial undertaking requiring dedicated time, resources, and expertise.
CAPACCIO’s presentation provided an overview of the requirements for conflict minerals, how to be prepared to respond to customer surveys inquiring about your supply chain, and ways to identify systems and solutions for streamlining the reporting process. Additionally, effective approaches to incorporating conflict minerals reporting into a sustainability management system or corporate social responsibility program were discussed. Although the report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is not due until May 31, 2014, having a plan in place regarding the source and chain of custody of conflict minerals will be of the upmost importance as data will need to be collected for the 2013 reporting year, beginning on January 1.
CAPACCIO has tracked this regulation from the very beginning and has developed a program to assist companies with the conflict minerals process and reporting. For those not attending the SESHA conference, CAPACCIO offered a free webinar covering this material in February of 2013.
AIM Sustainability Roundtables
January 22, 2013
CAPACCIO’s Wayne Bates, PhD, PE,moderated a series of Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) Sustainability Roundtables from February through December, 2013. The roundtables provided a place to get the information companies need to create, manage, or fine-tune their company's sustainability program and receive expert analysis and learn best practices from Dr. Bates.
CAPACCIO Employee News
Congratulations to Environmental Engineer Joshua Fawson, PE who recently was promoted to Senior Environmental Engineer.
John Baycroft recently joined CAPACCIO’s engineering group as an Environmental Engineer. He supports clients and staff with a variety of engineering related tasks including preparing technical and design specifications, assisting with bid reviews, contractor selection and construction inspections. He will also assist with the preparation of permit applications, sampling plans, and other tasks associated with environmental management. Mr. Baycroft is a recent graduate of Suffolk University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering/Major in Environmental Engineering.