Above and beyond. MPCA recognizes the MnTAP Internship Program for helping industry better manage wastewater
When you work hard on a project and your goal is near but you can’t quite seem to get there, sometimes what you need is a fresh set of eyes for perspective and insight. The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) provides that fresh set of eyes to businesses through its Intern Program.
MnTAP is an outreach program at the University of Minnesota that helps Minnesota businesses develop and implement industry-tailored solutions that prevent pollution at the source, maximize efficient use of resources, and reduce energy use and costs to improve public health and the environment. The Intern Program places students at businesses to spend up to 500 hours, studying its operations and strategies. An intern can make suggestions that improve efficiency, save money, reduce waste, or decrease regulatory compliance burden. Also, an intern has the time and creativity to research alternative equipment, procedures, chemicals, and raw materials.
Over the last 30 years, MnTAP has proactively assisted many industrial wastewater and stormwater facilities. Detailed intern reports highlighting technical assistance success stories for companies can be found on the MnTAP Intern Program Past Project web page.
Established in 1984, MnTAP is funded primarily by a pass-through grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Resource Management and Assistance Division to the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Sciences. MnTAP anticipates supporting up to 15 projects this summer, covering various environmental issues. Applications to request an intern are open now until February 1, and will be reviewed upon receipt. For more information, visit the MnTAP web site.
For its 30 years of providing businesses with innovative and efficient strategies to better manage industrial wastewater, the MPCA thanks the MnTAP Intern Program for going Above and Beyond for industrial wastewater technical assistance.