Nov 29, 2019

Business News: U.S. EPA Advances PFAS Action Plan

The U.S. EPA is seeking public input regarding the addition of certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI); The International Desalination Assn. (IDA) announced its partnership with the City of Cape Town, South Africa for the 2020 W12 Congress.


Business News: U.S. EPA Advances PFAS Action Plan

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Redline Communications Announces Software Upgrade for Virtual Fiber Service Offering

Redline Communications Group Inc. announced a software upgrade to enhance Redline’s award-winning Virtual Fiber portfolio, which delivers multipoint access and transport quickly and cost-efficiently for industrial communications. The RDL-3100 Ellipse base stations now support two distinct software versions: the latest release (v3.12), which serves as a direct drop-in replacement for RDL-3000 Ellipse 4.9-5.8 GHz base stations; and v2.x, ideal for PTP and small point-to-multipoint (PMP) networks.

The RDL-3100 software v3.12 is fully over-the-air backwards compatible and supports all the features and capabilities of the RDL-3000 series remote terminals in a PMP configuration (v3.8/v3.9). All RDL-3100 units shipped going forward will now include both software v2.0 and v3.12 in their flash memory banks. The software enhancements at the hub of the wireless network result in faster communication speed with certified security and customizable capacity.

“This new software release is a significant investment protection milestone for Redline customers operating the RDL-3000 Ellipse portfolio and is a critical key component of our Virtual Fiber, fixed wireless product evolution,” said CEO of Redline Communications Stephen J. Sorocky in the press release. “Redline’s Virtual Fiber offering delivers best in class data performance to multiple remote sites over very wide areas and incredibly rugged terrain, truly a new paradigm in backhaul.”

U.S. Considers Adding PFAS Chemicals to the Toxics Release Inventory

The U.S. EPA is asking the public for input on potentially adding certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the list of chemicals companies are required to report to the agency as part of the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), according to a press release. This action supports the agency’s February 2019 PFAS Action Plan.

“EPA continues to show critical leadership on addressing PFAS as we aggressively implement our PFAS Action Plan, the most comprehensive cross-agency plan to address an emerging chemical ever taken by EPA,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “I started at the agency as a career employee in the TRI program and exploring the addition of certain PFAS chemicals to the TRI is an important step that can enhance this tool and provide important information to the public on these chemicals for the first time.”

Public input will help the agency determine whether data and information are available to fulfill the TRI chemical listing criteria. The EPA will also use the input to help evaluate the extent and usefulness of the data that would be gathered under TRI, according to the press release.

IDA Announces Partnership with the Cape Town’s 2020 W12 Congress

The International Desalination Assn. (IDA) announced its partnership with the City of Cape Town, South Africa for the 2020 W12 Congress, which will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Center and the University of Western Cape Jan. 27 to 31, 2020. 

The W12 Congress brings together city officials, academics, business executives, water experts and students from major cities in the world that are likely to face a “Day Zero Scenario.” This congress is the first of a global movement featuring work of city governments taking radical steps to address the water crisis. Major themes covered include the current situation of global climate change, the green economy, the role of advanced water treatment technologies and solutions, water as a business, as well as “Day Zero” scenarios. 

Current IDA President, Carlos Cosin, will deliver a keynote speech to congress delegates, detailing how the water sector and the IDA continue to develop and promote sustainable water solutions, reported the press release. The partnership also furthers IDA’s growing involvement in the sub-Saharan African water market, where the 2021 World Congress will be hosted in Mombasa, Kenya. 

“The IDA is extremely pleased to work with the W12 team on this important initiative,” said IDA Secretary General Shannon McCarthy. “Cape Town’s Day Zero scenario is an important reminder of the role advanced water treatment solutions have in securing water sustainability.”