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July 1, 2011

NBP News

 

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NBP-WERF No Charge Webcast: Innovative Residuals and Biosolids Management Options from Terminal Island in Los Angeles 

This no charge webcast, hosted by the National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) and the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), provides timely information and results from the Terminal Island Renewable Energy (TIRE) program at the City of Los Angeles, CA.  With more than 3 years of work, funding and support from various sources including the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and the City of Los Angeles, this program demonstrates an innovative method of biosolids management that provides both short and long term benefits.  These range from the enhanced treatment, sterilization, and management of biosolids; a smaller carbon footprint that reduces greenhouse gas emissions to the environment and, and provides a potential source of clean renewable energy. The City of Los Angeles biosolids environmental management system has been certified by the NBP. The webcast will be held on Wednesday, July 27 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern Time. ON-LINE REGISTRATION More Information on WEF Conferences Web Page

Greater Moncton Sewerage Commission, New Brunswick Canada Successfully Maintains NBP EMS Certification

The Greater Moncton Sewerage Commission, the first international organization to achieve NBP certification of its biosolids environmental management system, maintained its certification through a successful interim audit of its program on June 7. The audit was conducted by DEKRA Certification, Inc.  The audit determined that: Greater Moncton Sewerage Commission biosolids management system is generating positive outcomes, particularly in the production and distribution of compost material; no major nonconformances and three minor nonconformances were found during this audit with respect to the audit criteria. Corrective action plans are in place to address the nonconformances. All nonconformances from prior third party audits have been effectively corrected.  Opportunities for improving the effectiveness of the management system were noted.  Audit Report

Charting the Future of Biosolids Management Report

The National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) have released a new report, Charting the Future of Biosolids Management. The 100-page document summarizes the discussions of a panel of experts who met at a special forum organized by WEF and the NBP last December. The downloadable report highlights current and future trends and offers recommendations for activities to help leverage the potential of biosolids management into the future. Prepared by CDM, the report discusses this new approach in detail by examining several current and future trends in the areas of regulation and policy, technology, operations & maintenance, and training for professionals in the biosolids sector. It concludes with a recommended action plan that includes some tasks that will be taken on by WEF and the NBP, as well as others that might be taken up individually (or collaboratively) by WEF, the NBP, regional associations and/or utilities. The goal of the action plan is to support sustainable solids management for the benefit of the public and the environment. To view the full report, click here

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Around the Nation

 

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JSudbury, Ontario to Get Cutting-Edge Wastewater Treatment Plant for $40-Million 

The June 27 Daily Commercial News (Sudbury, Ontario) reported  that the  City will spend $40 million for a new biosolids management facility to help mitigate odor problems. The new facility will feature a dewatering area, a holding tank, treatment process space and potentially a storage area. It will increase the size of the existing facility by 8 to 10 per cent, depending on which consortium’s proposal is selected. Various mitigation efforts to reduce the growing odor problem have included treating the sludge with lime and bioxide, a non-hazardous biological agent that minimizes the formation of hydrogen sulphide odors. A mechanical coherent water resonator also minimized the smell, but neither effort has eliminated it.  Full Story

Dillo Dirt Expands its Pad - 15-Acre Compost Area will Help Make More Compost

The June 24 Austin, TX KXAN.com reported the completion of a new 15-acre compost pad will make room for Austin Water to produce more  Dillo Dirt , the soil conditioner made from wastewater sludge. The additional space will gradually expand Dillo Dirt production from 40,000 cubic feet to 80,000. The pad was finished six months ahead of schedule and almost $6 million under the estimated construction cost. All yard trimmings collected curbside across the city, as well as treated sewage sludge (also known as biosolids) are combined and composted to create Dillo Dirt. After active composting for over a month, the compost is "cured" for several months, then screened to produce finished Dillo Dirt. Full Story

Lewiston-Auburn, ME Wastewater to Methane Plant Going Out to Bid

The June 23 Lewiston-Auburn ME Sun Journal reported that bids for a methane-burning electricity generator and solid waste digester at the Lincoln Street headquarters of the Lewiston-Auburn Water Pollution Control Authority should start coming in next week. The new facility's job will be to reduce the amount of solids the water treatment plant has to deal with. It does that by using anaerobic micro-organisms and heat to digest the solid materials left behind by sewage treatment. Right now, those materials are composted, used to fertilize farms and sent to landfills.  Full Story

Metro Nashville, TN Water's Sludge Eater Returns to Work, Making High-Quality Fertilizer

The June 21Nashville Tennessean reported that Metro Nashville Water Services’ still-new plant that digests, tumbles and dries wastes into a high-quality soil additive, but much of the $125 million system is back up and running thus allowing the city to again be on track for a company to eventually pay an estimated $100,000 a year for the fertilizer granules. The methane that had provided 75 percent of the fuel for drying and heating sludge is going up in flames. The gas forms as sludge decomposes into biosolids, but the rubber domes that kept the methane under pressure are torn. Full Story

Cape Coral, FL Looks to Improve Biosolids Handling

The June 15 Cape Coral, FL News reported that the Cape Coral City Council wants to replace an 18-year-old plant that produces about 6 dry tons a day of biosolids and  heard technical reports on how to improve the city's biosolids processing operation by investing millions in a 20-year plan . Biosolids can be dried and converted into nutrient-rich pellets or a cake-like product that can be used for fertilizer by landscapers, farmers and golf courses, or be used for fuel. The city spends about $1.5 million now but improving the process could cut the cost from about $580 a ton to $250. The savings could be used to reduce the scheduled utility rate increases of 8 percent on Oct. 1 and again in 2012. Full Story

Tampa, FL Council Approves Fertilizer Ban

The June 23 Tampa, FL Tribune reported that beginning next year, the sale of nitrogen and phosphorus-laden fertilizers -- or using them to keep lawns and athletic fields green -- will be outlawed in this city. The move comes as the window for local governments to pass point-of-sale restrictions on fertilizers is closing, with a state law prohibiting bans going into effect on July 1. The restrictions won't apply to golf courses or agricultural uses, such as farms, but they include a tough provision that's not found in many bans -- prohibiting the sale and use of fertilizers containing less than 50 percent "slow-release" nitrogen from October to May. Full Story

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Conferences

 

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WEF 2011 Residuals and Biosolids Specialty Conference Meeting Minutes - May 22-25, 2011: Sacramento, CA

·       Residuals & Biosolids Committee Meeting Agenda Minutes Attendees

·       Residuals & Biosolids Committee Meeting Power Point Slides

·       Agricultural & Industrial Byproducts Subcommittee Meeting Agenda Minutes Attendees

·       Bioenergy Technology Subcommittee Meeting Agenda Minutes Attendees

·       Specialty Conference Subcommittee Meeting Agenda Minutes Attendees

·       Carbon Task Force Agenda Meeting Agenda Minutes

·       Outreach & Education Subcommittee Meeting Agenda Minutes Attendees

·       EPA Update

·       WEF Biosolids Resources

·       NBP EMS Certified Agencies

MABA Sustainable Biosolids Technology Symposium

The Mid-Atlantic Biosolids Association (MABA) is sponsoring the Sustainable Biosolids Technology Symposium, August 10 and 11, at Wesley College, in Dover, Delaware. The symposium will feature national experts on biosolids stabilization (anaerobic and aerobic digestion and lime stabilization approaches), pathogen reduction, dewatering and drying, enhanced product preparation, and land application. Technology companies will be explaining their latest equipment and processes, and ample time is scheduled for networking among agencies, technologists and consulting engineers. A field trip is scheduled for the afternoon of Day 2. Kershner Environmental Technologies has invited attendees to visit the newly- installed Parkson Solar Dryer at the Kent County wastewater treatment plant.

NBMA 2011 Biosolids Conference

The Northwest Biosolids Management Association (NBMA) will hold its 24th Annual Biosolids Management Conference at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, WA on September 11-13. Early registration fee of $415 includes all conference materials, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and the conference banquet.  Registration will open June 30. Continuing education units will also be available. You can reserve your hotel room now ($134 - $176 per night) by calling 1-800-221-7117 - request the "biosolids" room rate. Do you have a biosolids project to share? Reserve your poster space by sending your poster title, authors, short description and contact information to Dana Devin-Clarke, ddlarke@brwncald.com by July 29, 2011.

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Training

 

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NBP-WERF Webcast: Innovative Residuals and Biosolids Management Options from Terminal Island in Los Angeles

This no charge webcast, hosted by the National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) and the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), provides timely information and results from the Terminal Island Renewable Energy (TIRE) program at the City of Los Angeles, CA.  With more than 3 years of work, funding and support from various sources including the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and the City of Los Angeles, this program demonstrates an innovative method of biosolids management that provides both short and long term benefits.  These range from the enhanced treatment, sterilization, and management of biosolids; a smaller carbon footprint that reduces greenhouse gas emissions to the environment and, and provides a potential source of clean renewable energy. The City of Los Angeles biosolids environmental management system has been certified by the NBP. The webcast will be held on Wednesday, July 27 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern Time. ON-LINE REGISTRATION More Information on WEF Conferences Web Page

WEF Stormwater Utility Seminar in Chicago, IL  

WEF is hosting a one-day seminar on August 2 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. The seminar will focus on various aspects of stormwater utility management.  The need for funding across the water sector continues to be a challenging topic, and while water/wastewater utilities have a long track record of well-grounded funding systems, the topic of user-based fee structures to pay for stormwater collection and management is a developing and dynamic field. Draft Agenda as of 6/1/11 To support this growing and evolving need, specific topics that will be covered include:

  • Regulatory updates on stormwater (from U.S. EPA)
  • Technical aspects of fee development
  • Public outreach in stormwater utility feasibility analyses
  • Planning considerations for fee-based structures
  • Legal trends on stormwater utilities across the country
  • Legislative updates on stormwater utilities at the state level 

 

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WEF Archived Webcast Launch

WEF’s Distance Learning program is excited to announce the release of its archived webcasts. Fourteen newly archived webcasts are being released on June 14th. These webcast topics range from energy conservation and green infrastructure, to pipeline replacement and manhole rehabilitation. Visit the Online Training Website to learn more or e-mail rarvin@wef.org for more information.

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