November 2 - 4, 2020 | Virtual



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David Spencer


David Spencer, Environmental Business Specialists, LLC



Advances in Online Monitoring for Pulp and Paper Wastewater Treatment Applications

Session 8  • Monday, November 2  •  4:45pm - 6:15pm


A growth pressure is defined as any factor affecting the microbial community and, as a result, overall treatment performance within a wastewater treatment system (WWTS). To evaluate, maintain, and/or increase the current performance of an aerated treatment system, it is critical to monitor all of the eight growth pressures – Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) loading, pH, toxicity, aeration (dissolved oxygen), retention time, nutrients, biomass, and temperature.

Several different approaches have been utilized to assess these growth pressures and can provide enormous insight into the capabilities and shortcomings of a WWTS. The information obtained is essential in supporting defensible business decisions for operational and capital expenses, such as baffle installation or repair, dredging, additional aeration, nutrient optimization, and/or temperature control.

This presentation will provide an overview of advancements in continuous in-situ technology to monitor and evaluate system performance.



Environmental Track Schedule

(Program is subject to change.)


Monday, November 2
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Session 4: Mill Sustainability
  Session Chair: Heather Jennings, Probiotic Solutions  

Vision 2020: Into the Future of Pulp and Paper Mill Sustainability

Steve Birtch, Aggreko
      New Revenue Opportunities for Pulp and Paper Sector
from Carbon Capture
Katja Kuparinen, Satu Kähkönen, Esa Vakkilainen, Lahti University of Technology LUT
4:45pm - 6:15pm
Session 8: Environmental Operations
    Session Chair: Dan Curry, Evergreen Packaging  

Advances in Online Monitoring for Pulp and Paper Wastewater Treatment Applications

David Spencer, Environmental Business Specialists, LLC

A Case History of Paper-Mill Sludge Pond Closure Using Engineered Turf Final Cover 

Ming Zhu, Watershed Geosynthetics
      New Learnings and Strategies for Meeting Future Recovery Boiler Particulate Emission Limits with Existing Electrostatic Precipitators Ivan Sretenovic, Southern Field EEC
Tuesday, November 3
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Session 15: Managing Natural Disasters Panel Discussion
    Session Chair: Dan Curry, Evergreen Packaging  

Natural Disaster Planning and Response – A Mill Perspective

Kimberly Fail, International Paper

“There’s a Bad Moon on the Rise” - Readying the Mill for a Storm

Diane Hardison, Domtar Paper Company
      Manageing Operations Through a Pandemic Todd Woletz, TRC Environmental Corporation