The Central Region of the National Renderers Association held their annual convention in early June in Fontana, WI. Among the important business issues addressed was the election of new officers. For the next two years George Kaluzny, Kaluzny Bros., Inc., will serve as president of the region; Dan Hildebrandt, Central Bi-Products, will serve as vice president; and Mike Owens, Kruger Commodities, Inc., will serve as secretary/treasurer.
A full day of technical presentations covered everything from energy and water quality to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues and the world of oxidation.
Paul Duke, BP Canada Energy Marketing, discussed the worldwide natural gas industry, saying that U.S. demand is down, leading to a drop in gas rig activity and record inventories for this time of year. Greg Sindt, Bolton and Menk, addressed chloride water quality standards, which are covered under a 1988 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) national guideline that many states have adopted. However, in 2004, Iowa revised their total dissolved solids and chloride standards, and have been conducting additional tests to further supplement the EPA data with a tentative December 2009 adoption date. Sindt said although EPA recognizes the 1988 standards need to be revised, they do not have any plans to do so at this time. He mentioned that many states may, in turn, adopt the new Iowa standards.
Mark Lies II, Seyfarth Shaw, provided an update on emerging issues in OSHA enforcement and liability, many of which Lies covers as a regular contributor in Render. He warned that baby boomers are retiring at the rate of 5,000 per day so new supervisors with little or no background in OSHA need to be properly trained to avoid employer liability. Lies also said the new administration is looking at ways to ensure workers are protected in the workplace.
Barb Howe, Kemin Industries, Inc., tackled the world of oxidation in meals, fats, and pet food. She commented that autoxidation in pet foods and raw materials is a chemical process that degrades the nutritional and aesthetic properties of the product, with the most common symptom of autoxidation being rancidity. Antioxidents are important in stabilizing pet food ingredients and pet food because pet food can often be warehoused for up to 18 months and is handled by a pet owner who may not feed it to their pet if it smells bad. Howe said antioxidents protect fat quality, prevent formation of off odors and toxic compounds, maintain energy value, and improve vitamin stability.
Mike Casper, Environmental Power Corporation/Microgy, spoke about anaerobic digesters, which can be covered lagoons, complete mix digesters, plug flow digesters, anaerobic sequencing batch reactors, or fixed film digesters. The environmental benefits include mitigating nutrient management issues, reducing odor, and reducing carbon footprint by sequestering carbon and reducing usage of fossil fuels. He added that according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “the CO2 [carbon dioxide] that results from the end use of CH4 [methane] captured from landfills and manure management is considered biogenic,” or carbon neutral.
The Central Region will hold their next convention in June 2010.
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