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Researchers in Indiana and Illinois reported to The Northwest Indiana and Illinois Times that they plan to spend up to nine months studying BP wastewater discharge technologies. The researchers also plan to update the public along the way.
Representatives from Purdue University Calumet's Water Institute and BP discussed goals of the research last week at the school's Hammond campus.
Last month, U.S. Representatives Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., and Judy Biggert, R-Ill., picked Purdue and Argonne National Laboratory to examine the wastewater treatment technologies used by BP.
Purdue and Argonne researchers have already met to split up the workload and assign responsibilities. George Nnanna, interim director at the Institute, reported that the Water Institute would be taking the lead.
The researchers plan to determine whether emerging technologies to limit discharges of ammonia and suspended solids into Lake Michigan would be possible for BP's Whiting plant.