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 September 21, 2012 
  

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NBP Webcast: Biosolids 101 – Fundamentals of Practice

The National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) is hosting a no charge webcast on October 31 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm EDT on Biosolids 101 – Fundamentals of Practice. The webcast introduces attendees to the regulatory, legal and scientific basis of the Part 503 biosolids rule. The webcast describes the current regulatory compliance aspects of biosolids recycling through land application including the monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements. This webcast provides attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the historical development and current regulatory compliance requirements of the 40 CFR Part 503 Subpart B (Biosolids Land Application) Rule. Participation this webcast will helpNBP September 21, 2012 E-Newsletteer attendees navigate through the monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements associated with the biosolids land application rule. Professional Development Hours (1.5) will be available for attendance. Click Here to Register For more information, click here.

Casella Organics Hawk Ridge Composting Facility Maintains NBP EMS Certification

Casella Organics (formerly New England Organics) Hawk Ridge Composting Facility located in Portland and Unity, Maine successfully completed an interim audit of its biosolids environmental management system (EMS) on July 17, 2012 from DEKRA Certification, Inc. to maintain its NBP certification and Platinum Level status. During this audit, DEKRA noted the following strengths in the New England Organics biosolids management program:

  • Management is developing a good understanding of using a systems approach
  • Focus on product quality for long term market position
  • The new office constructed at Hawk Ridge uses excellent energy minimization techniques, such as waste heat recovery for heating and cooling the office 

Casella Organics Interim Audit Report_071712 

City of LA Maintains NBP EMS Certification

The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation located in Los Angeles, CA successfully completed an interim audit of its biosolids environmental management system (EMS) on August 19, 2012 from DEKRA Certification, Inc. to maintain its NBP certification and Platinum Level status. During this audit, DEKRA noted the following strengths in the City of Los Angeles biosolids management program:

  • The Competency / Awareness / Training process is well established. Discussion of Biosolids Policy and Code of Good Practice at tailgate meetings is particularly unique.

 City of Los Angeles 2012 Interim Audit Report 

City of Los Angeles Biosolids Videos

TheCity of Los Angeles has provided its biosolids videos on-line for your viewing.

To view NBP Certified and Active Organizations, click here 

To view NBP EMS Documents, click here  
 

Around the Nation

 

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Biosolids Compost Program has Home for Unwanted Materials in Appleton, WI 

The September 18 Appleton, WI Post-Crescent reported that in 2010, Appleton, WI partnered with Outagamie County to use biosolids in a first-of-its-kind program in Wisconsin. The biosolids are mixed with brush and leaves on a 4.2-acre plot at the landfill to produce nutrient-rich compost. After three final demonstration trials this summer, the city thinks it has found the perfect blend of materials to turn an expensive proposition into a new revenue stream, or at least lower its storage and handling costs. It mixes 3.5 parts leaves and brush to one part biosolids, which are surprisingly free from odor because the lime content at the wastewater treatment plant works like a giant carpet deodorizer and consumes the biosolids smell. Full Story and Video  
 

Major Advance Made in Generating Electricity from Wastewater  

The August 13 edition of Phys-Org reported that engineers at Oregon State University have made a breakthrough in the performance of microbial fuel cells that can produce electricity directly from wastewater, opening the door to a future in which wastewater treatment plants not only will power themselves, but will sell excess electricity. The new technology developed at OSU can now produce 10 to 50 more times the electricity, per volume, than most other approaches using microbial fuel cells, and 100 times more electricity than some. Researchers say this could eventually change the way that wastewater is treated all over the world, replacing the widely used "activated sludge" process that has been in use for almost a century. The new approach would produce significant amounts of electricity while effectively cleaning the wastewater. The findings have just been published in Energy and Environmental Science, a professional journal, in work funded by the National Science Foundation. Full Story  

Could New York City be Powered by Its Own Wastewater?  

New York is one of the greatest cities in the world and home to almost 20 million people — however as a result of its size, the city produces an enormous amount of wastewater, which is often blamed for contaminating waterways. However New York’s Department of Environmental Protection believes the city’s waste could become its savior, and it has unveiled a plan to utilize the vast amounts of sludge, methane gas and other byproducts of wastewater as potential sources of renewable energy. According to the New York Times, the city is looking to reduce its wastewater treatment costs and the amount of greenhouse gases that it produces by transforming waste into energy for the city’s large population. If wastewater is simply heated up then butanol and methane can be extracted from it. Butanol can be used as an alternative to gasoline, while methane can be used for multiple purposes including heating homes. Full Story 

MaxWest Environmental Systems Announces Mechanical Completion of Second Generation Biosolids Gasification System 

MaxWest Environmental Systems announced on August 28 the mechanical completion and successful start-up of its second generation gasification technology, the MaxWest Biosolids Gasification System.  MaxWest is a biosolids management and renewable energy company with a commercial process to convert biosolids into clean energy, creating long-term, sustainable solutions for municipal and commercial wastewater treatment facilities.  The second generation MaxWest Biosolids Gasification System is a significant advancement in the Company’s technology.  MaxWest developed the technology from concept to commissioning over the past eighteen months at its existing research & development facility.  The upgraded system, now implemented at MaxWest’s Sanford, FL site, employs a proprietary gasifier with an integrated energy recovery process.  The system configuration increases throughput by 40% and achieves higher energy conversion rates, both of which provide further benefits to customers in the form of improved energy generation and reduced operating costs. For more information, click here
 

Sludge Can be Cleared from West Longview's, WA Old Wastewater Treatment Ponds

TheAugust 23  TDN.com, WA Daily News reported that the sludge in West Longview’s old wastewater treatment ponds appears to meet state and federal standards for removal and use elsewhere as a soil amendment, which would allow the city to reclaim the 46-acre property. With the sludge gone, the West Longview lagoon site could be turned into a recreation area or wetlands or sold for residential or commercial development, city officials say. The City Council approved a $108,000 contract with the Longview engineering firm Gibbs & Olson to conduct a second round of sampling and testing of the sludge. Tests will further determine the concentrations of certain pollutants, all of which met safety standards in previous tests. Full Story  

 

WERF Report - A Protocol for Investigating Health Complaints following Biosolids Land Application and other Soil Amendments

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) field tested and refined a previously developed five-step protocol for investigating possible causes of problems at land application sites that lead to complaints of health impacts. The field-tested protocol includes questionnaires administered to neighbors of land application, biosolids generators, and appliers (WERF Stock No. 08-HHE-5PP-P). The protocol was evaluated and refined using 33 actual complaints from three states.

Many groups will benefit from using this protocol.

  • Future stakeholders will benefit from this project’s helping to lay the groundwork and framework for a surveillance system implemented starting on a local level using a standardized investigation protocol.
  • Regulatory and health officials (especially first responders) can use the public health questionnaire to collect data on complaints of alleged health symptoms, nuisance odors, or quality of life effects from neighbors of sites where biosolids, manure, and other materials are land applied.
  • The protocol also includes a generator questionnaire that can be used by wastewater treatment plants to characterize land applied biosolids.
  • An appliers’ questionnaire that can be used by biosolids land appliers to document methods of application is also included.

The protocol includes two site investigation reports that can be used to locate, describe, and characterize the land application sites of concern. The Executive Summary is provided for review (WERF Stock No. 08-HHE-5PP). For more information, please contact Lola Olabode at lolabode@werf.org or visit www.werf.org to order the full report (WERF Stock No. 08-HHE-5PP-P), and the Protocol (Published March 2012).  

 

Energy from Wastewater and Biosolids Report Includes the Growing Technology Areas

TheResearch and Markets announced on August 28 the addition of the "Energy from Wastewater and Biosolids" report to their offering. This BlueTech Research Insight Report explores the growing area of recovering or generating energy from Wastewater and Biosolids. The report includes estimates on the total energy recoverable and what is currently being recovered through processes such as Biogas from Anaerobic Digestion. It gives an overview of the sludge disposal market in light of changing regulations, and also presents developments in the European and Chinese sludge disposal markets. The growing technology areas included in the report are Microbial Fuel Cells, energy from urea and ammonia, and supercritical water oxidation. The report also features the BlueTech Research Key-Takeaways on this market. Full Story  

 
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Conferences

 

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 WEFTEC 2012 Technical Program 

Thousands of water and wastewater professionals attend WEFTEC to learn, network, find out about new products and services, and earn continuing education credit and professional development hours (PDH). Cutting-edge technical sessions and workshops address topics including collection systems; membrane technologies; plant operations, treatment, and management; regulations and research; residuals and biosolids; water recycling, and more. To view the technical program, click here.  To view a list of relevant residuals and biosolids events at WEFTEC, click here.

 View the WEFTEC 2012 Digital Conference Announcement!  or click on the program icon above. For more information on WEFTEC 2012, click here.  After August 31, individuals may register online only. Online registration will be available through the end of the conference.  To register, click here.

2013 WEF Residuals and Biosolids Specialty Conference 

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.

2013 WEF Residuals and Biosolids Specialty Conference

The5th IWA Odours and Air Emissions Conference will be held from March 4-7, 2013 in San Francisco, CA. This jointly held International Water Association (IWA) and Biofiltration conference is a forum for the management of environmental odours, air emissions, volatile organic compounds, and greenhouse gases. It will bring together specialist researchers and professionals from a range of sectors, including municipals, consulting, government and non-government agencies, universities, waste management, composters, odour abatement equipment manufacturers, and other industrial and agricultural sectors. The conference will provide attendees to meet and exchange strategies, planning approaches, operational experiences, advances, innovations, initiatives and results. Expertise in odours, air emissions, sampling, measurement, odour control operations/maintenance, and biofiltration can be exchanged, shared, and developed into innovations and new applications that complement both focus areas. The call for papers deadline has been extended to September 28, 2012.

                                                                                                                                                                                   

Training 

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WEFTEC 2012 Biosolids Workshops, Committee Meetings and Technical Sessions – New Orleans, LA Morial Convention Center

Click on the Biosolids Focus Flyer for WEFTEC biosolids events that includes workshops, technical sessions and committee meetings.                                                                                   

Residuals and Biosolids Committee 2012 WEFTEC Meeting Materials/Updates
October 1-3 2012
 

 

NBP October 31 Webcast: Biosolids 101 – Fundamentals of Practice

The National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) is hosting a no charge webcast on October 31 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm EDT on Biosolids 101 – Fundamentals of Practice. The webcast introduces attendees to the regulatory, legal and scientific basis of the Part 503 biosolids rule. The webcast describes the current regulatory compliance aspects of biosolids recycling through land application including the monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements. This webcast provides attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the historical development and current regulatory compliance requirements of the 40 CFR Part 503 Subpart B (Biosolids Land Application) Rule. Participation this webcast will help attendees navigate through the monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements associated with the biosolids land application rule. Professional Development Hours will be available for attendance. Click Here to Register  For more information, click here

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