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Evoqua Water Technologies

 

Risk Assessment

Note: Evoqua Water Technologies has previously been known as Siemens, US Filter, and Westates. The facility is now referred to as Evoqua, but the prior names remain in older documents attached to this web page.

Summary of Risk Assessment for Evoqua Water Technologies

On July 30, 2007, Evoqua submitted its Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment Report to EPA. The risk assessment uses the results from the final March 2006 air emissions test (also known as the Performance Demonstration Test or trial burn), which was conducted at the facility in accordance with EPA regulations.

The risk assessment demonstrates that even using conservative assumptions:

  • The potential risks associated with air emissions from both the facility’s carbon regeneration furnace and from spent carbon unloading are below regulatory and other target risk levels for both human health and ecological receptors;
  • The incremental contribution of wastewater effluent from the facility’s wastewater treatment plant and the Main Drain discharge canal does not pose unacceptable risks to either aquatic life or human health; and,
  • Both concentrations of fugitive emissions from carbon unloading at the facility and measured worker breathing zone concentrations are below occupational exposure limits.

In conclusion, this risk assessment demonstrates that, even with conservative assumptions, the potential risks associated with facility operations are below regulatory and target levels.

Risk Assessment Technical Information

During the development of the risk assessment, potential risks from stack air emissions were evaluated for over 170 compounds. These were selected for detailed assessment based on a comprehensive performance demonstration test (PDT or trial burn). This test was approved in advance by EPA and conducted at the facility by an independent testing firm. The PDT involved several days of stack gas sampling and sophisticated chemical analysis.

The list of chemicals selected for evaluation in the risk assessment included both compounds that were detected in stack emissions, as well as over 80 other compounds not detected, but included in the calculations just to be safe. Stack emission rates for all the selected compounds were calculated based on either PDT results, proposed permit limits, or, for a few chemicals, long-term average chemical feed rates. A conservative value was also used for the furnace's destruction and removal efficiency in the calculations.

Potential risks from fugitive air emissions (rather than stack emissions) were evaluated in the risk assessment for 21 compounds. These were selected for evaluation based on the contaminant concentrations in the spent carbon, the number and amount of deliveries to the facility, the chemical toxicity, and the volatility of the compounds. Air dispersion and deposition modeling was conducted using a model developed and approved by EPA. This model calculated chemical concentrations in the air and ground deposition rates within a 154-square mile study area surrounding the facility. The mathematical equations used to calculate the fate and transport of each chemical in the environment, environmental concentrations for each chemical, human exposures and risks were based on current EPA guidance and solved using the Industrial Risk Assessment Program software.

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