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July 2010 Vol. 65 No. 7

Free excavation training site available
In an effort to raise awareness among the public, excavators and public officials, Midwest ENERGY Association created a free excavation training site. The site -- www.DiggingSafely.com -- is a teaching tool offering traditional excavation safety and additional information on working on or near underground infrastructure.

Pre-excavation methods, such as calling “811 Call Before You Dig” and reviewing job specifics help prevent damage caused by unsafe excavation activities.

The training courses provide information on how to recognize and react to abnormal or hazardous conditions in order to make conditions safe.

Cities awarded EPA grants
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $194,000 for improvements to the existing storm sewer system in East Prairie, MO.

The agricultural drainage ditch the city of East Prairie developed was enclosed in a large corrugated metal pipe 80 years ago, and that pipe has begun to fail. Since 2006, four sewer collapses have caused flooding within the city. These grant funds will help construct improvements that will apply a lining to 2,000 feet of the existing storm sewer.

The EPA also has awarded $291,000 to Boone, IA, for funding the final phase of a sanitary sewer replacement project. The purpose of this project is to address residential sewer backups that occur during moderate to heavy rainfall by replacing undersized sanitary sewer pipe with larger diameter pipe.

The city of Derby, KS, has been awarded $970,000 by the EPA for improvements to the sewer system. Funds will be used to construct approximately 7,050 feet of 36-inch sewer pipe and 17 manholes.

The existing wastewater system in Hartville, MO, will be upgraded using an EPA grant of $134,000. This grant will help fund the replacement of the existing pump station and sewer line that delivers Hartville’s wastewater to the existing lagoon. Currently, the facilities do not have sufficient capacity, and backups and wastewater overflows occur at the pump station and from manholes along the sewer.

Michigan City raided by feds in hunt for enviro crimes
Agents from state and federal agencies have raided the office of the Michigan City Sanitary District, confiscating documents and computers in their search for evidence of environmental crimes.