AWOP Planning Meeting Update – Region 3 October 2010

One of the key components of the area-wide optimization program (AWOP) is the routine planning meetings held between participating state program personnel, EPA, ASDWA, and the contractor, Process Applications, Inc.  These meetings are part of the strategic implementation process used to sustain the AWOP partnerships and activities (e.g., the network).  The meetings accomplish multiple objectives including:  sharing ideas, agreeing on direction and priorities, providing multi-state support and encouragement to improve program performance, sharing techni­cal and management information and approaches and overall sustaining the AWOP human infrastructure.

Region 3 Planning Meeting – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – October 20-21, 2010

The Region 3 AWOP planning group consisting of participants from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, EPA Region 3, EPA TSC and Process Applications, Inc. met in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in October 2010.  Several additional participants from EPA TSC participated via phone. Each state reported back in detail on the various components of the site selection guidelines that had been provided to them by the NOLT to select candidates for a DBP PBT..  It was formally established that each of the Region 3 states would participate in a “train the trainer approach”.  Training will be provided by NOLT and implementation will be pursued by each state at a minimum of one facility in each participating state.  Every state brought information for at least two facilities and if they prove to be viable candidates it is anticipated that a minimum of two utilities per state will participate.  The states are planning on involving multiple staff in the training and implementation effort.   The cost of equipment and testing to support the project remained a challenge.  It was also established that North Carolina, a Region 4 AWOP state, may be interested in joining the Region 3 DBP PBT effort.   A call is scheduled for January 2011 to finalize participants and the site selection activities.  Additional topics addressed during the meeting were approaches for addressing potential DBP compliance challenges associated with the new regulations and methods of using set aside funds to support AWOP activities.  Several states mentioned that Connecticut was expressing preliminary interest in AWOP and they were interested in inviting them to be part of the Region 3 AWOP efforts.     The next regularly scheduled meeting of this AWOP network group is scheduled for the week of April 11, 2011 at a West Virginia utility.  The meeting will focus on DBP PBT facilitator training for the participating state personnel.

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