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Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Ted DeBoda took over as executive director of NASSCO (National Association of Sewer Service Companies) in August 2010 and has settled in quickly, managing on-going association programs and looking ahead to the challenges of the future.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Addressing the problems of the nation’s aging underground infrastructure is a priority for many cities and sanitary sewer and water districts across North America. Though slowed by the economy, there is still a host of massive rehabilitation and construction projects under way or in planning stages with many more such efforts to come.

The North America Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) has released a schedule of its Trenchless Good Practices courses for the remainder of 2010 and into 2011. These programs benefit utility contractors and municipal organizations alike. NASTT educational and training programs cover a wide range of trenchless methods and are designed for experienced professionals, as well as newcomers to the industry.

The EPA has awarded $485,000 to the city of Topeka, KS, for improvements to its drinking water and sewer systems. The project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2012.

VUEWorks Inc. and its channel partner Ruekert-Mielke Inc. of Waukesha, WI, announced that the city of Waukesha has selected its VUEWorks software for city-wide, GIS-integrated asset management. Waukesha plans to comprehensively track the condition and minimize failure risk of various assets, optimize expenditures and improve service delivery of its physical infrastructure.

As reported in The Mercury News, PG&E's costs related to the San Bruno, CA, gas-line explosion could climb to more than $1 billion, according to data the utility made public in November, fueling fears over how much of the tab its customers may end up paying.

Five leading off-road equipment industry associations have published a "frequently asked questions" (FAQ) report about Tier 4 technology – the next generation of clean diesel emissions standards established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the federal Clean Air Act. These standards apply to new diesel engines used in off-road equipment beginning in 2011.

The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) released a white paper, Interstate Natural Gas Pipeline Efficiency, analyzing the achievements and challenges in connection with optimizing the energy efficiency of natural gas pipeline transportation.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced nearly $300 million in federal funding to improve aging water and wastewater infrastructure and protect human health and the environment for people in the state of California. This new infusion of money through infrastructure capitalization grants will help state and local governments finance many of the overdue improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment throughout California.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

As the countdown to the 2011 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition continues, the scope of the overall program is worth exploring. While the primary educational program runs Tuesday, Jan. 25 through Thursday, Jan. 27, a strategic inclusion of special programs rounds out almost a full week of educational opportunities.

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