NASSCO President Cites Many Accomplishments In 2008

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | January 2009 Vol. 64 No. 1

That NASSCO (National Association of Sewer Service Companies) has become an influential force in the sewer rehabilitation industry was clearly evident in 2008, said current association President Marc A. Anctil as he reviewed NASSCO accomplishments in the past 12 months.

Much of NASSCO's work, he continued, could be considered "routine" as the organization continues to pursue the goals of establishing and implementing standards for the rehabilitation of underground utilities, along with educating the industry about technologies and procedures that apply to rehabilitation.

However, several accomplishments in 2008 clearly stand out, he stressed.

"NASSCO took the lead in opposing several provisions contained in a proposed OSHA rule change to its confined space standard that would have raised costs of sewer rehabilitation projects," said Anctil. "NASSCO's efforts were primarily responsible for OSHA's assurance that it would drop the plan to reclassify rehabilitation work from maintenance to construction. That change would have substantially raised the costs of sewer rehabilitation projects."

Another milestone was completion of the NASSCO CIPP Inspector Training and Certification Program.

"This is a major accomplishment that will have far reaching influence on the industry" said Anctil. "Several classes were completed during the year, and were enthusiastically received by those participating. We rate the program a resounding success."

Busy year

There were also several other significant achievements in 2008.

NASSCO completed negotiations with the Canadian province of Quebec to make the NASSCO PACP (Pipeline Assessment and Certification Program) mandatory. PACP standardizes the ways sewer pipes are inspected and evaluated, trains and certifies the personnel who inspect and maintain records of sewer pipelines, and provides the means for compiling a comprehensive data base to help effectively plan and prioritize renovation of wastewater collection systems.

"In addition," said Anctil, "we are on the threshold of making PACP the standard throughout Canada."

In cooperation with the Trenchless Technology Center at Louisiana Tech University, NASSCO completed the Trenchless Assessment Guide to Rehabilitation (TAG R), a comprehensive database which calculates the best rehabilitation process for each production situation. TAG R is provided to every student in the Inspection Training and Certification Program and is available for purchase on the NASSCO web site.

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