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N.H. DES Employee Recognized for Outstanding Wastewater Training and Technical Assistance

Release Date: 02/07/2006
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U.S. EPA - New England Regional Office
February 7, 2006

Contact: David Deegan, 617-918-1017

(Boston) – Wes Ripple of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services was recently honored with the "2005 State Wastewater On-Site Technical Assistance Provider Award" by EPA.

EPA’s New England office formally acknowledged Mr. Ripple at the annual New England Water Environment Association Conference Awards’ Luncheon in the Boston Copley Marriott Hotel on January 25th.

The EPA award program recognizes state personnel in the wastewater field who have provided invaluable technical assistance and training to municipal wastewater treatment facilities. This award is one way EPA acknowledges the hard work of its state counterparts who provide training and technical assistance to municipal wastewater treatment facilities throughout New England.

Mr. Ripple has been training wastewater treatment plant operators for many years with microbiology analyses as one of his areas of expertise. In addition, Mr. Ripple has been providing technical assistance to many facilities to help them improve their biological nutrient removal capabilities. Mr. Ripple has the professional respect of not only his peers, but more importantly, wastewater treatment plant superintendents and operators throughout New Hampshire and New England.

“The professionals providing technical assistance and training to wastewater treatment plants play a crucial role in ensuring that our lakes and rivers are protected from unnecessary pollution,” said Robert W. Varney, regional administrator for EPA's New England Office. "I am proud to acknowledge Wes Ripple's contributions to keeping New Hampshire's rivers, lakes and streams clean.”

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