Building on Success: WEF’s Water,
Science & Engineering Center and National Biosolids Partnership Effort
In demonstrating WEF’s commitment to
its role as a national leader on biosolids issues, WEF has integrated the
National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) management activities, as well as the NBP
Biosolids Management Program (BMP), also known as the Environmental Management
System (EMS) for biosolids into the WEF Science & Engineering Center. Staffing of WEF’s Biosolids efforts are being
Sr. Program Manager
& Engineering Ctr.
Water Environment Federation
601 Wythe Street
703-684-2400 ext 7060 Tel
North East Biosolids & Residuals Association (NEBRA)
P.O. Box 422
Tamworth, NH 03886-0422
Barry Liner, Ph.D.
& Engineering Ctr.
Water Environment Federation
601 Wythe Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1994
703-684-2400 ext 2435 Tel
WEF Webinar Reminder: MACT
to Meet the New EPA SSI Regulations
April 3, 2013, 1:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern. This no-cost webcast will provide
information on the MACT technologies that are available for meeting the new
emissions regulations for sewage sludge incinerators (SSI) and also for energy
recovery. Details here.
Kern Compost Manufacturing Facility, CA Achieves NBP Gold Level BMP Recognition
Synagro-South Kern Compost Manufacturing Facility, CA
achieved Gold Level Recognition for its Biosolids Management Program (BMP), having
completed their first 3rd party audit (letter pending). DEKRA
Certification completed the facility’s first verification audit.
The NBP congratulates the
management and staff of Synagro-South Kern Compost Manufacturing Facility for
joining the ranks of the very best biosolids management programs in North
Littleton/Englewood, CO Wastewater Treatment Plant achieved Gold Level Recognition for its Biosolids Management Program (BMP). DEKRA Certification completed the facility’s first verification audit on January 3, 2013. Littleton/Englewood is the first of the new class of BMP/Environmental Management System trainees to achieve this distinction. During the audit, DEKRA noted the following strength: efforts to minimize odors have been very successful; odors are low and well controlled.
The NBP congratulates the management and staff of Littleton/Englewood for joining the ranks of the very best biosolids management programs in North America!
Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) located in Knoxville, TN successfully completed an interim audit of its biosolids management program (BMP) on January 3, 2013 to maintain its NBP certification and Platinum Level status. The audit firm, DEKRA Certification Inc., noted the following strengths in the KUB biosolids management program:
- Action plans to achieve biosolids objectives and progress in achieving those plans are well documented.
- Operational control points and process controls are well developed.
- A good review of communications systems occurred as part of review for emergency exercises in April 2012.
The NBP congratulates the management and staff of Knoxville Utilities for continuing to demonstrate exemplary biosolids management!
Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA) located in Camden, NJ successfully completed an interim audit of its biosolids management program (BMP) on January 3, 2013 from DEKRA Certification, Inc. to maintain its NBP certification and Platinum Level status. During this audit, DEKRA noted the following strengths in the CCMUA biosolids management system: the oil analysis practice being done regularly at the plant is an excellent example of using predictive maintenance.
The NBP congratulates the management and staff of Camden County Municipal Utilities for continuing to demonstrate exemplary biosolids management!
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New participants to the program are always welcome, and a variety of training options are available. Contact Ned Beecher at 603-323-7654.
Investment Tax Credit Act of 2013
On March 7, the Biogas Investment
Tax Credit Act of 2013 (HR 860) introduced by Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI)
and John Lewis (D-GA) was referred to the Subcommittee on Energy for further
deliberation. The bill is an effort to
make qualified biogas property eligible for the energy credit and to permit new
clean renewable energy bonds to finance qualified biogas property. The Act would provide a 30 percent investment
tax credit for qualifying biogas technologies, and would add biogas to the list
of renewables that already receive a 30 percent federal investment tax credit.
New LOOP Brand
Epitomizes Green Innovation
Focusing on sustainability at the
product level with innovative solutions for reuse where nothing is wasted is a very
green initiative. To that end,
Washington’s King County launched its new brand, Loop at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. The use of Loop as a soil amendment with
products such as GroCo compost provides for the natural nutrient environmental circle,
hence the name “Loop.” The product is rich in nutrients, making it a superior
source of plant food over synthetic fertilizers, and has the proven ability to
improve soil structure thereby reducing runoff and erosion. Loop is a safe
product that is held to rigorous standards by both the EPA and the State of
Publishing of Kern County Ruling
March 12, the Fifth District Court of Appeal granted the request of its
co-Plaintiffs and several amici to publish the opinion affirming the
preliminary injunction regarding the unanimous decision by the court, which
ruled that Kern County’s ban on land application of biosolids likely exceeded
the County’s police powers due to the impacts of the ban on public utilities
outside of county that must manage biosolids through recycling, and conflicted
with the state’s Integrated Waste Management Act (IWMA).
WA State Department of
Ecology Files for Appeal in Wahkiakum County Case
On March 11, the Washington State
Department of Ecology filed an appeal regarding the Cowlitz County Superior Court’s decision to
uphold the Wahkiakum County biosolids ordinance that does not allow land
application of Class B Biosolids. (see, http://www.ecy.wa.gov/news/2013/081.html)
Study Performed to
Gather Perceptions of Quality of Life Near Land Application Sites
A recent study provided a qualitative evaluation of
people’s perceptions of health and quality of life near land application
sites. Amy Lowman, one of the study's
authors cautioned that the findings were based on interviews with only 34
people, and better tracking would be needed to document connections between
land application of solids and illnesses.
The authors maintain that identification of those surveyed were found
through community contacts, and that although the authors did not ask for
referrals of those who had problems with land application of solids, they
none-the-less recognize that people with negative opinions of the practice may
share local social networks, which could lead to negative perspectives being
The study was not designed to quantify the
prevalence or incidence of symptoms or health impacts in populations near land
application sites. The survey concluded
that the involvement of community members in decision-making about land
application of solids will strengthen environmental health protections.
The broad weight of scientific evidence and opinion
supports recycling biosolids to land as an environmentally responsible method
of reuse when managed utilizing best practices and in compliance with the Part
503 rule. Federal policies supporting
and promoting the beneficial recycling of biosolids are based upon science
demonstrating the safety and benefits of such recycling (see, “Land
Application and Composting of Biosolids: Q&A/Fact Sheet,”
Water Environment Federation (WEF), May 2010).
In commenting on the study, Dr. Eileen O’Neill,
WEF’s Deputy Executive Director, stated that
“it is important to note that the overarching conclusion of monitoring
and research to date continues to be that no documented negative human health
impacts have been experienced when biosolids meet all of the requirements of
Part 503 and when good management practices are followed.”
Application of Treated Sewage Sludge: Community Health and Environmental
Justice," was published online March 11. The authors of the study are associated with
the UNC, Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director
of communications, (919) 962-2600 or email@example.com
Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), the journal
in which the report was published, is supported by the National Institute of
Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH),
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (US DHHS). However, as noted in the journal’s
disclaimer, publication of articles in EHP does not mean that NIEHS
condones, endorses, approves, or recommends any conclusions within the
publication, and opinions are those of the individual(s) and do not reflect the
views of the NIEHS. The Editor-in-Chief
of the magazine is Hugh A. Tilson, PhD, firstname.lastname@example.org
Incinerator Permits on Path to Final Approval, Foes Say
The March 26 Fredrick, MD
News-Post reported that the Maryland Department of the Environment has
extended the comment period from March 20 to May 20 on the proposed
incinerator's water, air, and waste disposal permits. Opponents say the deal is
all but sealed, but the Department denies that. After May 20, the Department will
decide whether to issue permits for the incinerator to the Northeast Maryland
Waste Disposal Authority. The authority needs the three permits before it
can build the facility in Frederick County to burn up to 1,500 tons of garbage
a day. At this point, the Department of the Environment has made only a
tentative determination to issue the disposal permits. The permits would only
be denied if the Department finds the authority's facility does not meet
emission standards, and would not make a determinations based on public
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2013 WEF Residuals and Biosolids 2013: Emerging Opportunities for Sustainable Resource Recovery Technical Program
May 5 - 8, 2013
Nashville Convention Center
The 27th Annual WEF Residuals and Biosolids Conference will be held on May 5-8, 2013 at the Nashville, TN Convention Center. The theme of the conference is “Emerging Opportunities for Sustainable Resource Recovery.” WEF’s Residuals and Biosolids Committee, in cooperation with the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association, is sponsoring the event. Registration information will be posted within the next few months. For more information, click here
WEF will be hosting three pre-conference workshops in Nashville. More details are available for each event below.
Biosolids 101 – Fundamentals of Practice
Sunday, May 5, 2013 | 8:30am - 5:00pm
Using Appropriate Economic Methodologies for Evaluation of Cost-Saving Projects
Sunday, May 5, 2013 | 1:30pm - 5:00pm
503 Biosolids Jeopardy
Sunday, May 5, 2013 | 1:30pm - 5:00pm
WEF Webinar: MACT to Meet the New EPA SSI Regulations
April 3, 2013, 1:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern. This no-cost webcast will provide information on the MACT technologies that are available for meeting the new emissions regulations for sewage sludge incinerators (SSI) and also for energy recovery. Details here.
May 13 – 16, 2013. Univ. of Florida, Gainesville
Covers the land application of animal manures, biosolids, and industrial by-products such as food-processing and biofuel residues. Taught by Dr. George O’Connor (Univ. of FL) and Dr. Herschel (Chip) Elliott (Penn State). Click here for details
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Fact Sheet Availability
will help biosolids management professionals understand and promote
resource recovery from biosolids. Download the fact sheets and share
them with your stakeholders, clients, customers, the media, and the
public. Download the powerpoint, share it, and adapt it for your own
Four Fact Sheets: