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April  15, 2011

NBP News

 

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NBP April 20 No Charge Webcast - New NBP Biosolids Management System Training Opportunity for Wastewater Agencies

 This no charge webcast, hosted by the National Biosolids Partnership (NBP)and Water Environment Federation on April 20 from 2:00-3:15 pm Eastern, will provide an overview of a new “no charge” training opportunity for wastewater agencies to address the appropriate management of biosolids. NBP has received a grant from U.S. EPA that will allow up to 15 agencies to sign up and receive free training and technical assistance designed to help enhance existing biosolids programs that can help prepare an agency/organization for certification. At the conclusion of the webcast, participants will be given an opportunity to request more information on applying for a spot. Speakers will present an overview of the new NBP training opportunity and information on how biosolids programs have benefitted in the past from this program. The enrollment period is from April 20 until June 1 to form the new class. On-line Registration Form More Information

NBP April 21 No Charge Webcast - Implementing the New Sewage Sludge Incineration MACT Standard  Rulemaking – Issues and Challenges

The National Biosolids Partnership will host a “no charge” webcast on Thursday, April 21 from 2:00-4:00 pm EDT to discuss issues associated with EPA’s final rulemaking to regulate sewage sludge incinerators (SSIs) under the more stringent maximum achievable control technology (MACT) requirements under Section 129 of the Clean Air Act. Some of the topics that will be covered include: background to the regulations, comparison of the proposed and final rulemaking, technology impacts, and next steps.  Online Registration Information  More Information 

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Around the Nation

 

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VA Farmers Protest Sludge Changes 

The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, VA reported on 4-14-11 that several dozen farmers, from Culpeper to Cumberland, want the state to back off on some of the proposed changes to its sludge regulations.  And at a public hearing Tuesday night in Bealeton, each of more than 20 speakers had this message: Treated sewage sludge -- also known as biosolids and used to fertilize crops -- is good for farms and farmers' pocketbooks. Full Story

Bill Eases Sewage Restrictions in South Florida

The Miami Herald on April 12 indicated that three years ago, state lawmakers set a timeline for South Florida to stop pumping 300 million of gallons of sewage a day into the ocean -- and to treat most of the region's wastewater to reuse for irrigation, industry and other purposes. Now two Miami Republicans are pushing to loosen the sewage restrictions and extend the deadlines for six plants in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties to comply with the rules. The measure put forth by Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla and Rep. Carlos Trujillo would give the plants five more years -- from 2018 to 2023 -- to upgrade from minimal to advanced treatments for wastewater reuse.  Full Story

Jump in Fertilizer Prices Challenges Idaho Farmers

The Idaho Business Review reported that further increases in fertilizer prices will cut potato grower Klaren Koompin's profit, despite tapping technology that helps him use less. A jump in fertilizer prices in the past year has Idaho farmers worried their profits will disappear, particularly if prices rise further and recently higher crop prices fall. Fertilizer cost likely will eat 20 to 25 percent of this year's cash receipts on potatoes at Koompin Farms, up 5 to 10 percent from last year, Klaren Koompin said.  Full Story 

TN Wastewater Treatment Plant May not Built to Specs

The Knoxville, TN News-Sentinel reported on April 12 the company that constructed the Gatlinburg Wastewater Sewage Plant basin that failed last week apparently did not follow exact design specifications, a forensic engineer said Monday. Working from a design by the former Flynt Engineering of Knoxville in 1996, North Carolina-based Crowder Construction did not follow initial plans to a T, said Hal Deatherage, a partner with Construction Engineering Consultants, an independent firm hired to determine why the basin's wall collapsed April 5. Veolia Water North America, the company that runs the plant owned by the city of Gatlinburg, gave Construction Engineering Consultants the basin's initial design plans Friday when they had their first on-site meeting at the Banner Road facility, Deatherage said. Full Story

North Lexington, KY House Will Process Sewage  

The Lexington, KY Herald-Leader on April 11 reported that Lexington's Urban County Government is building a house in North Lexington that it hopes will blend right in with the neighborhood. The pump station designed like a house, with its faux brick windows to deter vandals, is a first for Lexington. The sanitary sewer pump station is part of a number of water projects that will affect the Deep Springs, Bryan Station, Hermitage Hills and Dixie neighborhoods during the next few years, including a storm-water detention basin to be built in the field behind the pump station. Full Story

The State of Portable Sanitation

In the April 2011 issue of Pumper Magazine, after nearly 40 years in wastewater management, Lee Sola has a well-rounded view of the industry. The owner of S & B Porta-Bowl Restrooms Inc. in Aurora, Colo., also chairs the Industry Standards and Legislative Committee of the Portable Sanitation Association International. S & B operates three locations in Colorado, where Sola works with three of his children. With 45 employees and 4,700 restrooms, S & B’s operation also offers industrial/residential pumping. Sola wants to see the portable sanitation industry viewed more seriously as a profession. With that in mind, he shares in an interview with Pumper Magazine the trends he sees for the 2011 busy season and beyond. Full interview

Organics Recycling Trends In The European Union

BioCycle Magazine editor Nora Goldstein reports in the March 2011 issue that the European Compost Network estimates that 115 million metric tons of organic waste are generated annually in the European Union. Roughly one-quarter is processed via composting and anaerobic digestion, with Germany leading the way, followed by Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Austria. The European Union’s Directive 31, adopted in 1999, mandates the reduction of biodegradable municipal waste disposed in landfills. The first reduction target was 25 percent by 2010, then 50 percent by 2013 and 65 percent by 2020. Full Story

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Conferences

 

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Residuals and Biosolids 2011: Adapting Residuals Management to a Changing Climate
  • WEF is proud to present the 25th Annual Residuals and Biosolids Conference, focusing this year on local and national perspectives on sustainable biosolids management technologies and programs that instill these new policies. The conference will be held May 22–25, 2011 at the Sacramento, CA Convention Center. Registration information  Important Dates: April 20 -Super Saver Deadline; April 30 - Housing Deadline; May 11 - Last Day to Register Online

    Four Innovative Pre-Conference Workshops
  • 18 Technical Sessions
    Topics addressed this year include building public support and addressing political and media issues, future opportunities and emerging technologies, marketing of biosolids and residuals products, environmental management systems, thickening and dewatering, odor and pathogen control, and much more. View the Draft Agenda (PDF).

  • Wastewater Challenge!
    The 2011 WEF Wastewater Challenge, taking place Sunday, May 22 at 8:00 am, is a national competition that's both challenging and fun. This hands-on event requires teams of students to treat agricultural runoff from a biosolids compost facility in order to protect a wetland ecosystem, using an assortment of household products. For additional information, visit www.wef.org/WastewaterChallenge.
  • Friends of Biosolids Social Event at the California State Railroad Museum
    Join your colleagues Tuesday, May 24 at the California State Railroad Museum located in Old Sacramento. Widely regarded as North America’s most popular railroad museum, there is something here for everyone! A $20 ticket includes a five minute bus ride, two drink tickets, and generous hors d’oeuvres.  

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Training

 

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NBP April 20 No Charge Webcast - New NBP Biosolids Management System Training Opportunity for Wastewater Agencies  

This no charge webcast, hosted by the National Biosolids Partnership (NBP)and Water Environment Federation on April 20 from 2:00-3:15 pm Eastern, will provide an overview of a new “no charge” training opportunity for wastewater agencies to address the appropriate management of biosolids. NBP has received a grant from U.S. EPA that will allow up to 15 agencies to sign up and receive free training and technical assistance designed to help enhance existing biosolids programs that can help prepare an agency/organization for certification. At the conclusion of the webcast, participants will be given an opportunity to request more information on applying for a spot. Speakers will present an overview of the new NBP training opportunity and information on how biosolids programs have benefitted in the past from this program. The enrollment period is from April 20 until June 1 to form the new class. On-line Registration Form 

NBP April 21 No Charge Webcast - Implementing the New Sewage Sludge Incineration MACT Standard Rulemaking – Issues and Challenges

The National Biosolids Partnership will host a “no charge” webcast on Thursday, April 21 from 2:00-4:00 pm EDT to discuss issues associated with EPA’s final rulemaking to regulate sewage sludge incinerators (SSIs) under the more stringent maximum achievable control technology (MACT) requirements under Section 129 of the Clean Air Act. Some of the topics that will be covered include: background to the regulations, comparison of the proposed and final rulemaking, technology impacts, and next steps.  Online Registration Information   More Information

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