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When disaster strikes, it's nearly always without warning--and the speed of the response can be vital to its success. This summer, within a few days of the incident on the Deepwater Horizon, Thompson Pump's Emergency Response Team mobilized to the Gulf Coast to provide pumping equipment, supplies, manpower and a wealth of tactical knowledge to areas devastated by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The Northeast Trenchless Association (NTA) hosted its annual summer outing at Tacoma Lakes in Monmouth, ME, on Aug. 7. Over 100 members and guests from as far away as Texas attended and enjoyed a picture perfect day with friends and family.

The Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the leading organization focused on protecting underground utility lines and the safety of people who dig near them, announced that underground utility damages in the U.S. decreased to an estimated 170,000 in 2009, down 15 percent from 2008, and down 58 percent from 2004.

The Underground Construction Technology Association (UCTA) recognized the recipients of its college scholarships Aug. 3 at its monthly meeting. The association awarded $8,000 in scholarships to eight students.

The Northeast Trenchless Association will be hosting its Annual Training and Development Seminar on January 17 -19, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Boston North Shore in Danvers, Ma. The meeting is open to members and non-members and will include a multi-track conference session.

President Obama has selected Vermeer CEO Mary Andringa as a private-sector representative for business, industry, agriculture and labor on the President’s Export Council (PEC). The PEC is the principal national advisory committee on international trade.

Joseph L. Abbott, Jr., national sales manager for Godwin Pumps, passed away on Sept. 12.

Traci Read, Senior Editor

If you are looking for how cutting-edge trenchless technology is being used in innovative ways, the Sixth Annual Western Regional No-Dig Conference & Exhibition to be held in Tempe, AZ, will present several discussions on that subject.

The Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) has completed its analysis on the potential effects of disinfectants on potable water supply polyethylene (PE) pipe. The findings are available at http://www.janalab.com/pdf/disinfection.pdf.

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