2007 NRCCE News Archives
NRCCE at the State Fair
August, 2007 - NRCCE's Paul Crumrine explains the Chocolate Chip Cookie Mining game to WVU President David Hardesty at the 2007 West Virginia State Fair. The game is much like Monopoly in that each player buys "property" with money to make a profit and win. But this game is much more interactive (and messy) in that the property is a real chocolate chip cookie that kids must mine for chips using toothpicks or paperclips and then sell the chips to the power company. The game gives kids an introduction to the economics and importance of coal mining and is always a big hit. It includes lessons in mining operations, stewardship, and the reclamation process.
Source Water Protection Project Will Help Small Communities Address Water Quality
June, 2007 - A West Virginia University environmental program won a $3 million, 18-month award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help very small communities learn how to protect their sources of drinking water.
The National Environmental Services Center (NESC) at WVU and its collaborator, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), will train and directly assist small drinking water system personnel and state and community officials across the country through the SMART About Water program. The program will focus on how to develop source water protection plans, a initiative of the EPA.
According to EPA reports, the leading polluter of small drinking water systems is untreated wastewater from failing septic tanks and small sewer systems.
"Source water protection involves a wide array of technologies, resources, and management options that for very small communities span from wastewater treatment to drinking water delivery," said Richard Bajura, program leader and director of the WVU National Research Center for Coal and Energy where NESC is housed.
SMART About Water stands for 'Strategic Management, and Available Resources and Technology.' "How people choose to fund and manage their water infrastructure is as a big a factor as the technology they use," Bajura said.
Plans will include ways that community leaders and homeowners can make sure wastewater systems are properly installed, maintained, and working over the long-term. "Septic systems and other small wastewater systems can in fact be the best choice for wastewater treatment in small communities, if they're properly maintained," said Bajura.
SMART About Water builds on the 30-year history of NESC's National Small Flows Clearinghouse, National Drinking Water Clearinghouse, and National Environmental Training Center for Small Communities, whose technical experts provide the latest information about small community water and wastewater systems. RCAP brings a 30-year history of offering assistance to small communities through its nearly 200 specialists in all 50 states.
"We think that NESC's university-based expertise coupled with RCAP's on-the-ground network is an exciting partnership that will deliver results," said Bajura.
The National Environmental Services Center (NESC) helps small and rural communities with their drinking water, wastewater, management, infrastructure security, and solid waste challenges. NESC is a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University. To learn more, call (800) 624-8301 or visit www.NESC.wvu.edu.
May, 2007 - The NRCCE and the WVU Department of Chemical Engineering exhibited at the Southern States Energy Board (www.sseb.org) American Energy Security Summit in Alexandria, VA. The Summit was lead by Gov. Joe Manchin (D-WV), current chair of the SSEB. (See the SSEB website for a FOX news clip featuring the Governor.)
This WBOY news report features the work of West Virginia University as represented by the NRCCE and the Dept. of Chemical Engineering. Femi Olajide, research associate with the Department of Chemical Engineering, describes the research he and Dr. Elliot Kennel are conducting on a blended fuel that combines coal-to-liquid fuel with ethanol--a fuel they call Coal-ahol.
The blend plays up the strengths of each fuel while downplaying the downside of each fuel alone. The clip also features Governor's representative to the SSEB, Patrick Esposito, Sr., who describes the importance of the energy summit.
7 May, 2007 - Once again, the National Research Center for Coal and Energy will be a sponsor of Teaming to Win, the annual gathering of regional businesses and federal and state agencies looking to form partnerships. The May 29-31 event will be held at the Oglebay Conference Center and Resort in Wheeling, WV. Look for the NRCCE exhibit among the sponsors’ exhibit hall. Details at www.teamingtowin.org.