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Scholarship Application Updated for 2017

The local section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers is once again accepting applications for two scholarships valued at $750 each for a graduating senior beginning school in the Fall of 2017. Applications can be downloaded HERE

New service announcement

In January, Ken Guertin, completed certification as a backflow preventer tester.  We have purchased the required equipment for him to provide this service and will be updating our website with additional information on it soon.  We are in the process of getting our company added to the various approved lists in the local area.  If you have a backflow preventer than is due for annual certification, feel free to give us a call at 980-202-2377.

Additional Scholarships available

There are several different scholarships available from the NC Safewater Endowment Program. Some of these are aimed at graduating high school seniors, while others are aimed at current college or community college students. Check the links to see what may interest you and apply since the deadline has just been extended.

The NC Safewater Endowment Program plans to award a total of $12,500 is scholarships and grants in 2015. The deadline to apply for the scholarships listed below has been extended to March 27, 2015. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain money to support your education!

Scholarship information and application downloads

The Carol Bond Fund Community College Scholarship – $1,000
The Carol Bond Fund/The Lynn and Lars Balck Water Environmental Stewardship Fund/The Rivers & Associates, Inc. Clean Water Education Fund Scholarship – $2,000
The Environmental Manufacturer’s Representative Scholarship Fund Scholarship – $1,000
The Frank and Susan Stephenson Water Environment Scholarship Fund Scholarship – $1,000
The Les and Elaine Hall Water Environment Stewardship Fund Scholarship – $1,000
The NC Safewater Fund/GHD Clean Water Fund Scholarship – $2,000
The NC Safewater Fund Scholarship – $1,500
The Crowder Construction Company Scholarship Fund Scholarship – $1,000
Raftelis Financial Consultants Environmental Finance and Management Fund Scholarship – $1,000

Learn more about these scholarships and the NC Safewater Endowment Fund at NCSafewater.org

EREF Scholarships Available

The Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) is one of the largest sources of solid waste research funding in the U.S., allocating approximately $1 million annually in research grants and graduate level scholarships.

Thus far, over 50 students have been EREF scholars, many of whom are now in key academic and professional positions across the U.S.

EREF is pleased to announce that scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 academic year are now available. The application deadline is May 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm (eastern).

Qualified Applicants include the following students:

– will be this year or are now a full-time master’s student, doctoral student or post-doctoral researcher, and
– have a clearly demonstrated interest in solid waste management research. EREF defines solid waste management to pertain to municipal solid waste, construction & demolition waste, industrial waste (e.g. coal ash), WTE ash, etc. Note this definition does not include agricultural wastes or wastewater treatment plant sludge.

Link to Additional Information and Application

New AIChE scholarship application has been posted

We have updated the scholarship application for the 2015 award. High School seniors who live in Mecklenburg County, NC and the surrounding counties are eligible to apply. Download the application for details. We are trying to get as many applications as we can for this award, so please share the information with anyone that you know who may have a high school senior looking for scholarship money.

The Significance of Significant Non-Compliance

Significant Industrial Users (SIU) or industrial businesses that generate a large amount of wastewater are regulated through strict monitoring of industrial output via EPA guidelines, issued permits, and the servicing Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW).

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Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Reports


Each year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires a Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Report to determine the level of toxic substances certain industrial facilities produce or use in their production process. The TRI Report is due July 1st.

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