Ternieden Claudio Ternieden

Director of Government Affairs, Water Environment Federation

Claudio is Director of Government Affairs with the Water Environment Federation in Alexandria, VA, where he directs WEF's regulatory and legislative efforts.  Claudio tracks legislative and regulatory developments in Washington, DC with both Congress and federal agencies and works to represent wastewater professionals with these organizations.  Before coming to WEF, Claudio was with Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC), an independent, non-profit, applied scientific research organization, where he led its water technology transfer and transition activities.  Before working with CTC, Claudio worked with the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) helping lead research in emerging contaminants, stormwater, climate adaptation, decentralized systems, infrastructure and disinfection; WERF is a member of the Global Water Research Coalition (GWRC) and Claudio was involved in coordinating international water research efforts.  Before WERF, Claudio worked in aviation with the American Association of Airport Executives, the US EPA, the State of Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), and the City of Elkhart, IN where he helped lead research, policy and regulatory development related to sustainability, water quality, infrastructure, and climate change adaptation.  Claudio has a law degree from Pace University School of Law (White Plains, NY), a Master Degree in Public Policy from George Mason University (Arlington, VA), and a BA from Concordia College (Bronxville, NY).

Wednesday 7:30 pm
Dine With Industry Thought Leaders

Wednesday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Flushability: Updates & Perspectives

The Wastewater Sector Perspective: State of the Flush!

A _flushable_ is _any product that is marketed as _flushable_ [that] can be flushed into the wastewater system without adversely impacting plumbing or wastewater infrastructure and operations._ (INDA; Cary, N.C.) Guidelines (GD3, June 2013). This definition makes the non-woven fabrics sector and the wastewater sector partners. This partnership has led to an ongoing dialogue between the wipes industry and wastewater utilities. We are in the process of learning from each other and learning about each other. This presentation will provide an overview of the state of play of our dialogue from a wastewater sector perspective.