Environmental Solutions


17-18 October 2018 • The Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites • Indianapolis, IN, USA

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

7 a.m. 

Registration and Breakfast 

8 a.m.

AIST Environmental Technology Committee Introductions, Welcome and Background

8:15 a.m. 

Compliance and Permitting: Current Challenges in Today’s Regulatory Environment
Mike Brooks, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Engineered Bar Products Div.
This topic will focus on compliance and permitting challenges faced by mini-mills in an ever-changing regulatory environment.

9:15 a.m.

Water Fundamentals and Water Uses in the Steel Industry
David Gilles, ATC Group Services LLC

10 a.m.


10:15 a.m.

Corrosion and Deposit Control in the Steel Industry
James Gleason, Suez Water Technologies & Solutions
Corrosion and deposit control for both non-contact and contact cooling will be covered for various systems within a steel mill

11:15 a.m.

Evaporative Cooling Tower Design, Operation and Maintenance
Philip Poll, OBR Cooling Towers Inc.
An overview of cooling tower operations and how the selection of different cooling tower types and designs are paramount for optimizing performance in different applications.



1 p.m.

Cooling Water Systems Microbiological Activity and Control in Cooling Water Systems
Doug McIlwaine, ChemTreat​

1:45 p.m.

Water Safety: Legionella Control Strategies
John Cioffi, NALCO Water, An Ecolab Company
Recent trends have increased public awareness that waterborne pathogens can be associated with water systems and that these water systems must be managed to reduce the risk of a health hazard associated with cooling water and domestic water systems. More specifically, questions around the subject of Legionella are being raised. This presentation will provide an overview of basic Legionella facts, the market events that led to the creation of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Standard 188, and the move toward the convergence of a “health-based” treatment strategy.

2:30 p.m. 


2:45 p.m.

Cooling Tower TDS and PM10 Emission Limits: Considerations for Achieving Compliance
Michael Lacourt, Ramboll
Cooling towers are a source of emissions of particulate matter less than 10 micron diameter (PM10) to air in the iron and steel industry. These emissions are directly related to the total dissolved solids (TDS) in the recirculating cooling tower water. Emissions calculations, values for PM10 and TDS in typical industrial applications, regulatory considerations, and mitigation techniques including control strategies (e.g., on-line TDS meters and automated blowdown) and technologies (e.g., drift eliminators) will be discussed.

3:30 p.m.

Regulatory Flexibility Mechanism in NPDES Permitting
Gary Amendola, Amendola Engineering Inc.
Review of regulatory flexibility provided by the iron and steel ELGs, the NPDES permit regulations and state water quality standards. The objective is to obtain appropriate technology-based and water quality–based effluent limits on a site-specific basis.

4 p.m.


4:15 p.m.

Energy Efficiency Improvements in a Cooling Water Circuit- Case Study
Jerry Penland, Hatch
This presentation discusses a case study in which a steel manufacturer requested a study on its hood cooling system to determine if there was sufficient capacity to cool additional equipment. It was determined that additional cooling was available and that significant energy savings were available if several changes were made to the system. A three-fold strategy is discussed in detail. Findings in this study may be applicable to your cooling water systems

5–6 p.m.


Thursday, 18 October 2018

7 a.m.


7:45 a.m.

Plant Tour of Citizens Energy Group’s POTW – Industrial Pre-Treatment

10:30 a.m. 

Macrofouling – Zebra Mussel Treatment by Mechanical Filtration/Automatic Self Cleaning Filter in the Steel Mill
Dardan Lukaj, Dango & Dienenthal Filtertechnik GmbH
The zebra mussel is a permanent threat to lake- and river-side steelmaking facilities.

11:15 a.m.

Oil Skimmers
Jim Petrucci and Michael Gaudiani, Oil Skimmers Inc.
Oil skimmer technology for caster and rolling mill scale pits.



12:45 p.m.

Pre-Treatment: Reverse Osmosis
This presentation will cover the fundamentals of reverse osmosis operation, and makeup water and recirculated water treatment applications.

1:30 p.m.

ZLD Enabling Technology and Survey Methodology
Patrick Randall, Aquatech International LLC
Plant audit and water mass balance details and process required to develop a holistic and sustainable zero liquid discharge plan for the steel mill.

2:15 p.m.


 2:30 p.m. 

Case Study: Application of Process Water Treatment and Reuse Technologies to Minimize Mill Makeup Water Supply Needs
Gary Amendola, Amendola Engineering Inc.
Review of the process design and recent performance of an advanced process water treatment and reuse system for a steel finishing mill with electroplating operations.

  3 p.m.

Case Study: ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor — Evaporation of Vacuum Desgasser and Continuous Caster Recycle System Blowdowns at the BOF Hoods
Gary Amendola, Amendola Engineering Inc.
Review of the design, operation and recent performance data for systems installed to achieve zero discharge for vacuum degassing and continuous casting process wastewaters.

3:30 p.m.

Wrap Up and Conclusion

3:45 p.m.

Adjourn Conference