Meeting of the Air Quality and odor Control Committee of the WEF

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WEF odor committee meeting   The Air Quality and odor Control Committee of the WEF met online last Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM Eastern. This meeting took place just after the unfortunate cancellation of the biannual Odors and Air Pollutants Conference 2020 of the Water Environmental Federation (WEF) that was going to take place in Cincinnati, Ohio from March 15 to March 18, 2020.

   This on-line meeting was attended by 34 of the 75 members of the Air Quality and Odor Control (AQOC) Committee that were expected to attend the WEF event that very same day. One of the items discussed was to make available at least some of the technical presentations.

   A Webcast on Liquid Phase Odor Control is being organized by WEF for April 30, 2020 and it will be presented by Bruce Koetter and Richard Pope. Ali Trollier and Kevin Jameson will serve as moderators of the sessions.

   Also, during the next WEFTEC 2020, a workshop on Odor Control for Positive Public Relations will be carried out by Scott Cowden and Ray Porter.

   An interesting discussion was hold on the number of WEF Member Associations with odor related committees.

   For example, the Air Quality Committee of the Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA) regularly organizes workshops and publish a periodic newsletter on odor-related issues.The FWEA grants every year an Environmental Stewardship Award for Odor Control. The utility receiving this award demonstrates good environmental stewardship to the public within their community as a result of an exceptional odor control project or program. Here you have the winners of past years.

   The Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT) has also an Odor and Corrosion Management Committee to educate and inform on technologies, trends, and best practices with regard to air quality, odor and corrosion control. Last year they organized a Biosolids, Odor & Corrosion Conference & Expo with a very interesting program.

   The Odor and Air Quality Committee of the Pacific NorthWest Clean Water Association (PNCWA) also carries out many odor-related activities. For example, two interesting webinars were carried out in 2015 and 2017 on odor management available in the PNCWA youtube channel.

   According to one of the attendees, the New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) doesn’t have a specific odor committee but it does have overlap with the Biosolids committee.

   Finally, the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) has been involved in many odor management related events


March 13, 2020 Update:  The steering committee of the AQOC WEF Odors and Air Pollutants Conference 2020  has selected four sessions to highlight to turn into an online course.


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