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August 1, 2011

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NBP Announces a New Class of Participating Agencies

The National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) announces a new class of agencies who have been accepted for training and assistance for its rigorous biosolids management system certification program. The agencies will work towards developing and instituting a management system in accordance with NBP guidelines ahead of an independent third-party audit and full program certification next year. Upon completion of the program in August 2012, the following 13 agencies will join a select group of international organizations that have been certified by the NBP. The new class is a mix of public and private sector organizations and includes one public agency from Canada:

  • Atlantic County Utilities Authority, Pleasantville, NJ
  • Bowling Green Municipal Utilities, KY
  • City of Houston, TX
  • Waco Metropolitan Area Regional Sewerage System, TX
  • City of Moorhead Wastewater Treatment Facility, MN
  • City of St. Cloud, MN
  • City of Springfield, MO
  • Harford County Department of Public Works, Bel Air, MD
  • Littleton/Englewood Wastewater Treatment Plant, CO
  • Metro Vancouver, Burnaby British Columbia, Canada
  • NEFCO – Greater Lawrence Sanitation District Facility, North Andover, MA
  • Synagro-South Kern Compost Manufacturing Facility, CA
  • Upper Montgomery Joint Authority, Pennsburg, PA

The NBP encourages all biosolids management organizations—small, medium, and large—with all types of biosolids treatment and management options to participate in the program. Organizations have the option either to develop an audit-ready program or to pursue certification. F

NBP-WERF July 27 L.A. Terminal Island Renewable Energy Project Webcast Audio Recording Available for Viewing 

The audio recording for the NBP-WERF July 27 webcast on the Terminal Island Renewable Energy - L.A.’s Biosolids Slurry & Brine Injection Project is available for viewing by clicking here. Power Point presentation slides are available by clicking here. The Power Point PDF files for the July 27 webcast and past NBP webcasts are available for downloading by clicking here

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Around the Nation




Clean Water Services, OR Turns Wastewater into Fertilizer -- and An Energy Tax Credit  

The July 20 Oregonian reported that Oregon Energy Department officials have fielded thousands of calls over the years from schools, businesses, government agencies and others wanting to know if they could get energy tax credits for their latest project. But until Clean Water Services' Bruce Cordon phoned last year, they'd never been asked whether reclaiming materials from liquid wastewater at a wastewater treatment plant could be considered a recycling project. After considerable research and consultation, state Business Energy Tax Credit staff said the proposal did qualify. Full Story

Charlottesville, VA Chamber Supports Applying Biosolids to Farmland

The July 30 Charlottesville, VA Daily Progress reported that the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce supports applying wastewater-derived biosolids to area farmland, as long as they meet scientifically-based safety standards. The chamber on Friday issued a statement supporting the "regulated use of biosolids agricultural fertilizers on agricultural lands within our region that meet all applicable scientifically-based federal and state environmental and health standards and 'community-friendly' voluntary environmental management systems practices." The recommendation came from the chamber's agricultural business roundtable, officials said. "We have a number of agribusinesses in the community and businesses that serve them and they seldom weigh in on political topics," said Timothy Hulbert, chamber president and chief executive. "This is important to them, however."  The chamber also supports reviewing and adjusting regulations of the waste applications "as scientific evidence is confirmed by appropriate federal and state environmental and health agencies."  Full Story

Synagro Transforms Camden, New Jersey Waste Materials Into Renewable Fuel

Synagro Technologies, Inc. announced on July 27 that full-scale operation of Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority's (CCMUA) green energy sludge drying facility will begin soon following recent contract approval from the Department of Community Affairs. At the facility, Synagro converts sewage sludge into a renewable fuel, transforming waste into a valuable alternative energy resource. Synagro's ten-year, $28 million contract with CCMUA is for facility operation and fuel product marketing and distribution. The green technology replaces outdated facility equipment and is an example of Camden's and Synagro's commitment to green infrastructure.  Full Story

Honolulu To Test Hauling of Wastewater Ewa Plant

The July 21 Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that beginning in August, the Honolulu Wastewater Treatment Plant in Ewa will receive additional truckloads of raw wastewater sludge from Sand Island as the city begins testing for a long-term plan of hauling waste to reduce intake at the over-capacity Honolulu site. The city ultimately plans to haul the sludge to plants in Kailua and Waianae -- in addition to Honolulu -- as it deals with delays in the expansion of facilities at Sand Island, which takes in sewage within the urban core from Aina Haina to Halawa. Mayor Peter Carlisle has ordered a formal environmental assessment be conducted on the plan to haul sewage to all three waste-water treatment plants.  Full Story

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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, by July 29, 2011.

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.

The 6th Canadian Biosolids and Residuals Conference

The Canadian Biosolids and Residuals Conference, 34th Waste Water Symposium and the 23th Drinking Water Workshop will be held Septembre 26-27, 2011 at the Québec City Hilton, 1100 René-Lévesque Est Boulevard, C.P. 157, Québec, CANADA G1R 4P3, phone: 1-800-447-2411. The Conference is hosted every two years by a Canadian Member Association of the Water Environment Federation. This year, RESEAU environnement will host the event under the theme: “Biosolids Beneficial Use Trends Here and There”. The event will bring together professionals on biosolids and wastewater management from across Canada who are interested in management of organic residues and biosolids from the treatment of municipal wastewater and industrial facilities such as pulp and paper mills and food processors. The technical program will cover treatment technologies, composting, energy production and land application, as well as government policies and regulations. Registration Conferences will be in French or English with simultaneous translation.

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WEFTEC Biosolids Workshops

WEFTEC 2011 workshops provide participants with the knowledge and skills to operate under the most up-to-date requirements and practices.  Workshops are comprised of group exercises, hands-on activities, and extensive Q&A sessions.  The following workshops are related to Residuals and Biosolids Management: 

NBP-WERF July 27 L.A. Terminal Island Renewable Energy Project Webcast Audio Recording Available for Viewing

The audio recording for the NBP-WERF July 27 webcast on the Terminal Island Renewable Energy - L.A.’s Biosolids Slurry & Brine Injection Project is available for viewing by clicking here. Power Point presentation slides are available by clicking here. The Power Point PDF files for the July 27 webcast and past NBP webcasts are available for downloading by clicking here.

Past NBP Webcast Audio Links

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