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Message from the Chair
Something has been happening over the last several years that not a lot of people are talking about. The role of incineration in our society is becoming a more crucial component of the critical infrastructure required by nations to address catastrophic events of national significance. Hurricanes, earthquakes, disease epidemics, acts of terrorism, and nuclear accidents all have the potential to generate massive and special waste streams that require specific thermal treatment technologies to address. The severity and frequency of these events are projected to increase. A nation’s capacity to process the waste generated from such events can have a profound impact on the nation’s overall welfare and timetable to recovery.
I’m excited about the excellent group of keynote speakers that we have lined up to discuss these topics for our 2018 Conference in March. In addition to exploring regulatory aspects of thermal treatment systems in general, our speakers will discuss their hands-on involvement, and unique challenges encountered, with processing the waste generated by the recent hurricanes that devastated sections of the United States and the Caribbean, and the Ebola crisis of 2014. An overview of waste incineration’s role in the Department of Homeland Security’s response planning for various crises will also be presented.
In addition, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will present a technical workshop on how to navigate a hazardous waste investigation and address the most common mistakes that can be avoided. A technical tour of the Medical and Infectious Waste Incinerator and waste processing operations at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) is also planned.
I encourage everyone to review the conference program and other information on this website regarding keynote topics, conference subject matter, and planned events. It is likely that everyone will find something that will make this year’s conference worthwhile to attend.
IT3/HWC, a thermal treatment conference, provides a forum for the discussion of state of the art technical information, regulations, and public policy on thermal treatment technologies and their relationship to air emissions, greenhouse gases, climate change, renewable energy or alternative energy production, and sustainability.
Thermal treatment technologies include:
• Fluidized Bed Reactors
• Kilns and Furnaces
• Thermal Oxidizers
• Plasma and Vitrification
• Industrial Dryers Technologies
• Pyrolysis Reactors
• Commercial and Industrial Boilers
These technologies are used in a wide range of facilities and industries that include:
• Chemical Production
• Pulp & Paper
• Cement Production
• Mining Operations
• Oil Refineries
• Military Installations
• Biofuels Production
• Agricultural Products
• Glass Manufacturing
• Primary & Secondary Smelting
Michael Mannuzza, OBG - Technical Chair
William Norris, OBG - Technical Vice Chair
Andrew Bartocci, Envitech, Inc. - Immediate Past Technical Chair
Chih Chao, Principal, Cantech Environmental Services
Michele Gehring, Principal, Coterie Environmental