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Expert in Cooling Water Treatment, Cooling Tower System Failures, Water Conservation, Zero Blowdown, Electrolytic Bromine; Wastewater Treatment Reuse and Recycle

Expert ID: 727292 Pennsylvania, USA

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Expert has 35+ years experience in the industrial water and wastewater treatment field. The first 13 years were at a major glass, plastic, metal, and corrugate container manufacturer where he was responsible for all water and wastewater activities, inclusive of environmental, at 38 plant locations across the United States. Since 1987 has been the chief chemist/president of an independent water management firm that has been a leader in development and use of new technologies in the water management field. Interesting projects have included several where industrial wastewater was treated and recycled, zero blowdown operation of cooling towers, treatment and use of acid mine drainage as makeup for a trout culture station, development of electrolytic bromine as a cooling tower biocide, treatment of scrubber blowdown for reuse or discharge, and numerous projects involving removal of heavy metals from wastewater streams. Expert has also devised a complete boiler and colling water treatment chemical product line of approximately 600 products. Currently has one patent and four other pending.

Consulted with sanitary sewage authority in California as to appropriate discharge regulations for cooling tower blowdown.Interfaced between sanitary sewage authority in Pennsylvania and industial client as to appropriate discharge regulations for cooling tower blowdown.Investigated heat exchanger plugging problem at steel mill to determine cuase of plugging and corrective action. Investigated high corrosion rate in process cooling loop at plastic moulding plant as to cause and corrective action.Investigated high oil/grease in effluent from glassware manufacturing plant as to causes and corrective action.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Erie, Pennsylvania - Youngstown, Ohio

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1973 Degree: B.Sc. Subject: Ceramic Science Institution: Pennsylvania State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1987 to 2018 Employer: ProChemTech International, Inc. Title: Chief Chemist/President Department: Owner Responsibilities: Responsible for all chemical formulations and treatment processes. Interfaces with company engineers on specific equipment and system design. Troubleshoots various problems and supervises R&D work.

• General management of Company business activities
• Formulation and performance evaluation of boiler, cooling, and wastewater treatment chemical products, responsible for approximately 500 specific water treatment products
• Research new product raw materials, devise formulations, and evaluate performance
• Work with sales and service in application of formulated chemical products in customer facilities
• Trouble shoot water treatment problems in chemistry, application, and system design
• Concept and process design of cooling, water, and wastewater systems, work with engineering department during construction and start-up
• Consulting with clients on resolution of water and wastewater problems
• Founded and directed growth of Company from startup to multimillion $/yr sales with plants in Brockway, PA, and Apache Junction, AZ
• Work with sales force in development of programs and custom equipment to solve customer problems
• Develop and patent new products and technology, eleven (11) issued patents to date
• Maintain active participation in the Association of Water Technologies, technical and certification committees
• Write case history reports, technical papers, and articles on developed technologies
• Maintain Product Application Guides, Product Information Bulletins, and SDS
• Prepare wastewater discharge permits for Federal, state, and local agencies for customers, support applications through permit issue
• Provide technical support to resolve environmental permit and compliance problems for customers
• Provide technical support and expert testimony in water management and environmental litigation
Years: 1973 to 1986 Employer: Brockway, Inc. Title: Section Head, Water/Wastewater Department: Engineering and Research Responsibilities: • Audited plants on a three year cycle for proper operation of boiler, cooling, and wastewater systems
• Solicited water treatment program proposals, reviewed proposals, and selected vendors
• Evaluated performance of boiler and cooling water treatment programs
• Prepared wastewater discharge permit applications for Federal, state, and local agencies at all plant locations, carried applications through to final permits
• Provided technical input and support to attorneys on wastewater permit and compliance issues

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1999 to 2012 Agency: Brockway Area Sewage Authority Role: Vice Chair and Chairman of Board Description: Municipal Sewer Authority

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2000 to Present Country / Region: Mexico Summary: Visited New Fanal manufacturing (glass containers) in Mexico City, Mexico, to consult on water pollution problems.
Years: 2001 to Present Country / Region: Mexico Summary: Visited Vitro (glassware) in Monterry, Mexico, to consult on water pollution control problems.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Association of Water Technologies, American Chemical Society, American Institute of Chemists, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, ASHRAE, Cooling Technology Institute, and Water Environment Federation.
Licenses / Certifications
AWT Certified Water Technologist, former state licensed wastewater treatment plant operator - PA, IN, and NJ.
Professional Appointments
Founding member/director Brockway Area Sewer Authority, Vice Chair and Chairman for 13 years, Technical Director of the Toby Creek Watershed Association, Inc., Member of AWT Technical and Certification Committee.
Awards / Recognition
SCS Watershed Man of the Year, Pennsylvania;
Elected Fellow, American Institute of Chemists;
Emeritus Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Publications and Patents Summary
Eleven (11) issued patents. Over 50 presentations and published papers at the IWC, AWT, CTI, PAEP, and WEF; and various water management publications.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Has served as an expert witness in several actions before the PADEP and USEPA concerning effluent limitations and BPT/BAT. Expert witness on a major cooling tower corrosion failure due to incorrect specification and design of pH control by acid feed system. Expert witness on patent infringement case involving use of softened makeup water.
Training / Seminars
Has devised training modules for training service technicians in boiler and cooling water management programs.
Vendor Selection
Has located and selected raw material suppliers for manufacture of boiler, cooling, and wastewater chemical products since 1988.
Marketing Experience
For the past 40+ years has studied the water management industry as to business and technical changes.
Other Relevant Experience
Approaches water management problems from the standpoint of evaluatng the entire plant or process involved. Being active in ASHRAE, ACS, AIChE, AIC, AWT, and WEF ensures that current technology is evaluated in context of problem. Firm provides both engineering and certified laboratory backup.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Spanish Studied language for four years.

Fields of Expertise

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