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Childhood Memories Inspire FOG Program Pioneer

Cartoon FoxWhen Michelle Aumiller was a kid growing up in Oklahoma, she loved jumping in mud puddles.

Today, though, in her role as a municipal Industrial Waste Monitor, she knows that sanitary sewer overflows can turn a child’s mud puddle into a serious health hazard.

“By protecting our sewer lines and waste treatment plants from FOG (fats, oil and grease) and other contaminants,” Aumiller says, “we keep waste water from contaminating the environment and mud puddles – for our children and grandchildren.”

Six years ago, when Aumiller took on the position of Industrial Waste Monitor for Midwest City, Oklahoma, the municipality was experiencing serious problems with Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO).

“The city was under a Consent Order by the state Department of Environmental Quality and was facing large fines for the overflows,” according to Aumiller. “The first thing I did was write a letter that the sewer line crew distributed to homes, restaurants and businesses -- explaining the problem that we were having with FOG and other clogging materials and providing information on best practices to help solve the problem.”

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Trapzilla Saves the Day for a Historic Town in North Carolina

Arnold AllredWith more than 37 years of experience in municipal wastewater treatment, Arnold Allred knows about the problems that restaurant oil and grease can cause for wastewater collection systems and treatment plants. 

Allred began his career in wastewater management in 1974, when right out of high school he landed a job “turning valves” with the City of Asheboro’s wastewater plant.  He stayed with the treatment facility for 30 years, working his way to plant superintendent.  After retiring from the City of Asheboro, Allred began serving as Public Works...  

  

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Thermaco joins Southeastern United States - Canadian Provinces (SEUS-CP) Alliance Conference

SEUS-CP Alliance ConferenceHeld on May 20-22 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the 2012 SEUS-CP Alliance Conference brought together 300 high-level governmental and business leaders  -- all sharing the common goal of enhancing strategic trade and investment between the United States and Canada. 

Focusing on advanced manufacturing, technology, and a green economy, SEUS provided Thermaco representatives an opportunity to meet with Canadian government officials from Ontario, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Manitoba, and Quebec to share ideas about regulating FOG (fat, oil and grease) produced by Canadian restaurants.  
 

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CromaCollege 2012

cromacollegeCromaglass’ CromaCollege showcases continual improvement in on-site wastewater technology


Education never ends.

My hunger to learn, to discover, to teach doesn’t cease or wane.
 
It’s those desires that led me to Cromaglass’ CromaCollege, held April 23-24 in Williamsport, Pa.
 

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Why should we care about Grease?

Greasy Frying PanRestaurants, caterers, cafeterias and other entities involved in preparing and cooking large quantities of food are — well, should be — knowledgeable in regard to the proper ways of discarding waste, specifically grease that could clog drains and pipes and ultimately harm sewer systems. 

But what about the home cook, the person charged with doing the dishes or cleaning the kitchen?

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How We Came To Understand Thermal Inversion

Thermaco accidentally stumbled into an answer for grease trap thermal inversion. and, at the time, did not know it. In mid-2003 we were working on developing high capacity/small footprint grease separators capable of meeting the ASME A112.14.3 Standard. This is the separation efficiency and retention capacity certification standard for passive (non-automatic) grease separators.

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