How To Test A Sewage Treatment Plant Properly. By: Peter Maier, PhD,PE Date: February 2017 Introduction. When EPA in 1973 established secondary sewage treatment standards to implement the Clean Water Act (CWA) or 85% treatment, it used mainly two testing methods for its NPDES (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System) permits. 1. The BOD5 (Biochemical Oxygen […]
Global Warming 101
Global Warming 101. Peter Maier November 2016 The Global Warming discussion is presently mostly conducted by scientists, while the general public has to decide who to believe. People in general would like to make up their own mind, if they can understand what is going on. Looking at weather conditions and temperature changes, based on […]
Summary why EPA still allows rivers to be used as urinals.
A Summary of Why the EPA never Implemented the Clean Water Act, due to a faulty applied test. By Peter Maier, PhD,PE September 2015 My name is Peter Maier and I am a retired wastewater engineer with sewage treatment plant design experience in Europe, United States and Brazil. Do not take my word for it, […]
BOD test. History and Description.
The BOD (Biochemical Oxygen Demand) test. by: Peter Maier, PhD,PE May, 2015 History of the test. Since the BOD (Biochemical Oxygen Demand) test is the backbone of water pollution regulation and the process design basis of sewage treatment plants, its understanding and correct application is essential. The test was developed around 1910 in England, in […]
Op-Ed Deseret News, Evaluate Energy Options Sensibly.
OP-ED Deseret News: June 17, 2008 EVALUATE ENERGY OPTIONS SENSIBLY. By: Peter Maier, PhD, PE Nobody denies that making fires helped mankind to survive, but isn’t it time we start using our acquired knowledge to solve the problems this is causing to our health and our environment? So why not apply some common sense and […]
A New Public Work Challenge: Nutrient Pollution and Sewers.
By: Peter Maier, PhD,PE March 17, 2015 Due to the excessive algae problems, causing dead zones and closures of drinking water plants, the focus of solving water pollution is now on nutrients (fertilizers), mainly blamed on the runoffs from farms and cities. The latter requires first a closer look at how waste in cities is […]
How a pollution test caused the failure of the Clean Water Act.
How a pollution test caused the failure of the Clean Water Act. By: Peter Maier, PhD, PE July 2011 The goal of the Clean Water Act (CWA) was to achieve swimmable waters by 1983 and to eliminate all pollution by 1985, but when EPA implemented the CWA, EPA used an essential test incorrectly and addressed […]
How Environmental Regulations Are Diminishing Public Health Concerns.
How Environmental Regulations Are Diminishing Public Health Concerns. By : Peter Maier, PhD, PE and edited by John M. Ackerman, MD. March 2015 To understand present environmental regulations, one should first know some of the historical background. Prior to the nineteenth century, drinking water was obtained primarily from wells, it looked clear and hence was […]
Global Warming; Apocalypse Or Hoax
Global Warming: Apocalypse or Hoax.Peter Maier, PhD, PEJuly 2006Global warming has many aspects and while listening to individuals focal on this issue, it seems that everybody is using only those aspects that most fit their own argument, which often also support an economical interest. Since global warming is the result of many natural and unnatural […]
EPA Failed to Implement The Clean Water Act and Blames the States
EPA Failed to Implement the Clean Water Act and Blames the States. By: Peter Maier, PhD, PE September 2009. When Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972, with its goal to eliminate all water pollution by 1985 and as interim goal ’swimmable and fishable’ waters by 1983, Congress specifically demanded a “technology-based” implementation program, […]