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MPCA AWARDS OUTSTANDING WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATORS


Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul, Minn ⎯ The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently recognized Tyler Carrigan from POET Biorefining for outstanding performance in wastewater operations during 2009. The awards were announced March 25th at the 73rd Annual Wastewater Operations Conference in Brooklyn Center.

The MPCA Assistant Commissioner Rebecca Flood had high praise for the award recipients. "Minnesota's wastewater operators are at the front lines in protecting our state's water resources. The women and men being recognized today have worked diligently, day in and day out, to ensure that Minnesotans can enjoy clean water today and in years to come."

To be eligible for the award, facility operators [see attached list] had to comply with discharge permit requirements throughout the 2009 calendar year. These requirements included submitting all monitoring reports to the MPCA correctly and on time, demonstrating compliance through monitoring or in surveys, and employing MPCA-certified operators.

This is the 33rd year that the MPCA has awarded certificates of commendation to wastewater treatment plants. This year, 170 Minnesota facilities were awarded certificates of commendation.

The Wastewater Operations Conference brings together wastewater operators from all over Minnesota for training and professional education. There are about 1,700 wastewater treatment facilities in Minnesota, including municipal, industrial and some privately-operated institutional facilities. The size of the community, institution or treatment plant is not a factor in awarding the certificates of excellence.

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POET Biorefining was among 170 Minnesota wastewater treatment facilities recognized by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for outstanding performance in 2009. The winning facilities demonstrated consistent compliance with their wastewater permits, submitted all reports correctly and on time, and employed operators certified by the MPCA. An award ceremony was held Thursday, March 25th in Brooklyn Center.

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