John Kouba is the principal of Kouba Environmental, an "environmental services" company located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has been Senior Project Manager and Principal at Aether DBS, which purchased Kouba Engineering LLC in 2008, and Department and Senior Project Manager at Applied Technologies, Inc. According to Kouba, he has "[m]ore than 20 years of experience in environmental projects for industry including wastewater and water treatment; hazardous and mixed waste investigations, permitting, and remediation; and general civil engineering for municipalities" and specializes in "anaerobic treatment of high-strength wastes" and "industrial wastewater treatment."
Involvement with the Toxic Sludge Industry
"Wastewater and water treatment" are PR niceties for the toxic sludge industry.
A list of just some of the hazardous chemicals and pathogens found in sludge can be found in the article Sludge contaminants. Sludge contaminants include Dioxins and Furans, Flame Retardants, Metals, Organochlorine Pesticides, 1,2-Dibromo-3-Chloropropane (DBCP), Naphthalene, Triclosan, Nonylphenols, Phthalates, Nanosilver, and thousands more substances. "Sewage is the mix of water and whatever wastes from domestic and industrial life are flushed into the sewer. ... We must note that, though the aim of sewage treatment is to produce clean water, it is never to produce 'clean' sludge. Indeed, the 'dirtier' the sludge - the more complete its concentration of the noxious wastes - the more the treatment has done its job. ... very waste produced in our society that can be got rid of down toilets and drains and that can also be got out of the sewage by a given treatment process will be in the sludge. Sludge is thus inevitably a noxious brew of vastly various and incompatible materials unpredictable in themselves and in the toxicity of their amalgamation, incalculably but certainly wildly dangerous to life." 
Participant in the 2011 BioCycle 11th Annual Conference on "Renewable Energy from Organics Recycling"
Kouba was a participant in the 2011 BioCycle 11th Annual Conference on "Renewable Energy from Organics Recycling." BioCycle Magazine is a publication serving the interests of the sewage sludge industry.
Other SourceWatch Resources
- Kouba Environmental
- Aether DBS
- Applied Technologies
- Toxic sludge
- Toxic Sludge Portal
- Sludge contaminants
- Sewage sludge
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