Dr. Edo McGowan found that the wastewater industry offers no training for plant operators concerning the danger of
disease organisms that leave the plant in reclaimed water and biosolids.

He said,
I had ask a series of state licensing and other authorities that might deal with sewage sludge including the various
trades associations that tutor sewer plant operators, and those that make tests as well as supply info for such tests as
taken by sewer plant operators----if there were anything related to genetic movement, antibiotic resistance, or
infectious disease. From each source the answer was no. Thus sewer plant operators are in no way proficient or
evenly in rudimentary way prepared to discuss these issues. Nonetheless, when city administrators seek information,
these sewer staff members seem to feel qualified to pontificate upon these matters----blind leading the blind----or fools
rush in where fools have been before.




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From: Scott Harter <sharter@abccert.org>
To: "Edo McGowan" <edo_mcgowan@hotmail.com>
CC: jstrutze@dhs.ca.gov, scfong@waterboards.ca.gov
Subject: Study Material
Date: Thu, 03 Nov 2005 10:31:49 -0600

Dr. McGowan:

I found the following materials available through AWWA and WEF. ABC is not in the business of publishing reference
materials. Our test questions are referenced to manuals from AWWA, CSUS, WEF, and other manuals approved by
the ABC Board of Directors. I do not believe any of our suggested exam references
http://www.abccert.org/examreferences.html currently contain very much, if any, information to the topics you are
asking about.

Sincerely,

Scott Harter




AWWA

TREATMENT OF A COMPLEX CHEMICAL SYNTHESIS WASTEWATER FROM A PHARMACEUTICALS
MANUFACTURER
Full Article Title:TREATMENT OF A COMPLEX CHEMICAL SYNTHESIS WASTEWATER FROM A PHARMACEUTICALS
MANUFACTURER
Conference:8th Annual Industrial Wastes Technical and Regulatory Conference
Order No:IW0215d
The Fate and Removal of Pharmaceuticals during Sewage Treatment
Full Article Title:The Fate and Removal of Pharmaceuticals during Sewage Treatment
Conference:WEFTEC 2004
Order No:01_0430
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Sir: I'm looking for certification exams guides and study material in wastewater or drinking water that would include
discussions in the area of transferred genetic information conferring antibiotic resistance, virulence, or transfer
genetic materials between organisms. I am also looking for information on pharmaceuticals in raw water or finished
water or wastewater.

Please indicate which of your study guides might contain such information or whether your organization or agency
deals with or tests for these subjects.

I look forward to your rapid response via return email.

Dr Edo McGowan, member, Citizens Planning Association of Santa Barbara


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From: "NCID Internet Address" <ncid@cdc.gov>
To: <edo_mcgowan@hotmail.com>
Subject: Inquiry on biosolids
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2005 15:09:51 -0400
>Dear Dr. McGowan,
>I am not certain I understand what your question is. Can you clarify?
>
>Thank you for your inquiry.
>
>Internet Response Team
>National Center for Infectious Diseases
>Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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>Dr. Couvalin wrote an excellent paper (EID, Vol 11, #10). I commented, however, that there were exceptions to the
paper's premise. Chance is greatly enlarged by putting these pathogens together in a sewer plant. Thus this
augments the generation of new genetic mixes. Therefore risk is vastly expanded over what would be found in nature.
>
>We have here a good start for arguing that sewer plants, their standards, and the land application of sludge are part
of a high risk series of prectices encouraging emergence of new diseases and their dispersal into the environment.
>
>Unfortunately, the regulatory community is reluctant to look at this.
>
>CDC writes---"At this time we do not have anyone working on this broad issue as it relates to biosolids."


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From: "Strutzel, Jon (DHS-DDWEM)" <JStrutze@dhs.ca.gov>
To: "Edo McGowan" <edo_mcgowan@hotmail.com>
Subject: RE: exams??
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2005 08:33:08 -0800


Dr McGowan

We do not provide study material for our exams. WE have a list of suggested reading material but it does not cover
the subjects you are researching.

-----Original Message-----
From: Edo McGowan [mailto:edo_mcgowan@hotmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, November 03, 2005 6:54 AM
To: abc@abccert.org
Cc: Strutzel, Jon (DHS-DDWEM); scfong@waterboards.ca.gov
Subject: exams??

I'm looking for certification exams guides and study material in wastewater or drinking water that would include
discussions in the area of transferred genetic information conferring antibiotic resistance, virulence, or transfer
genetic materials between organisms. I am also looking for information on pharmaceuticals in raw water or finished
water or wastewater.
Please indicate which of your study guides might contain such information or whether your organization or agency
deals with or tests for these subjects.
I look forward to your rapid response via return email.

Dr Edo McGowan, member, Citizens Planning Association of Santa Barbara