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 October 23, 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 help 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. To access the Power Point PDF presentations, click here.

YouTube Video Offers Visual Tour of Water Resource Recovery Facility (POTW

This WEF YouTube video  was shown in HD at the Innovation Pavilion and at the Public Officials and mobile sessions at WEFTEC.  The video gives a virtual tour of a Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) in 10 minutes.  If you don’t know how a WRRF (formerly wastewater treatment plant, or WWTP) works, take 10 minutes and learn about treatment, water reuse, land application, biosolids, and energy generation from anaerobic digestion, plus learn a couple of key facts about operators (one of the top 10 jobs we can’t live without) and water infrastructure investment ($1 Billion invested in water infrastructure creates 40,000 jobs).

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Around the Nation

 

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Canada-Wide Approach for the Management of Wastewater Biosolids 

The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) issued on October 11 a Guidance Document for the Beneficial Use of Municipal Biosolids, Municipal Sludge and Treated Septage to provide more detailed information in support of its first first-ever nationwide guidance promoting the beneficial use of biosolids. The Guidance Document contains information to assist Canadian regulators and generators in managing these three categories of wastewater residuals in an environmentally beneficial and sustainable manner. It outlines best management practices for the beneficial use of residuals, regardless of the jurisdiction under which they are regulated. It also provides details about management options that are currently practiced across Canada including composting, use in soil products, and land application in agriculture, forestry, silviculture, mines and other disturbed areas. To view the guidance, click here. To view the question and answer document, click here.

Detroit Water and Sewerage Department Announces Discipline for Union Leadership and Other Who Walked Off the Job

Officials from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 25 leadership negotiated a resolution on October 8 to end the illegal strike at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. As part of that resolution, Director Sue F. McCormick held disciplinary hearings with the three local union leaders who led employees to walk off the job and the 33 employees who abandoned their jobs to follow them. The agreement reached recognized that DWSD and its employees are responsible for the operation of facilities that are critical to the public health and safety of the region, and as a result, the resolution involved discipline for all employees whose actions threatened the public health and safety. Press Release  

SlurryCarb Inland Empire Biosolids-to-Biomass Plant In Deep Trouble  

According to the October 16 KCET.com, a plant that once won environmentalist acclaim for converting biosolids into renewable energy may be put up for auction if buyers don't come forward, according to a consultant working with the plant's owners to liquidate the facility. The plant was shut down by its owners this year after production problems caused local sanitary agencies to void their contracts. The Rialto Regional Biosolids Processing Facility was intended to turn biosolids from the Orange County Sanitary District (OCSD) and other local sanitary agencies into what EnerTech called "SlurryCarb," a biomass fuel to replace coal used by local cement kilns. When it launched the facility in 2008, EnerTech was flush with cash: the project received $4,050,000 from bonds issued by the California Statewide Communities Development Authority in 2007, along with an influx of capital from investors such as HDR, FILANC, North American Energy Services, Deutsche Bank, and Lehman Brothers. Full Story 

New Sludge Management Report from Global Water Intelligence 

MaxWestGlobal Water Intelligence (GWI) latest market research report - Sludge Management –is designed to help capitalize on this growing sector by understanding which treatment types are available and how a tailored strategy can best reduce sludge management costs. The report includes a close look at market drivers and regulations, explores the different management options and technologies and provides a market analysis and forecast to assess where the sludge management challenges and opportunities lie. You can see a table of contents and find more information on the GWI website.. 
 

WERF Recognizes San Antonio Water System for Achieving a Clean Water Trifecta

This year’s winner of the WERF Award for Excellence in Innovation is the San Antonio Water System (SAWS). A long-time WERF subscriber and active participant in many WERF research projects; San Antonio began its quest to implement their “clean water trifecta” more than 15 years ago. SAWS’ goal to recycle and use all treatment process residuals grew from their conviction that treatment process residuals are valuable resources to be beneficially used, not waste products for disposal. That goal resonates well with recent WERF objectives to help the water quality industry embrace a different view of wastewater – not as a waste, but as a valuable resource. To that end, this year’s Excellence in Innovation award winner has set a strong example for many WERF subscribers to strive to achieve. Full Story  

 

South Korean Researchers Create Clean Biodiesel from Wastewater Residuals

Inhabitat.com recently reported that biodiesel is an excellent source of fuel: not only does it come from renewable sources, but it also burns cleaner, producing less pollution than fossil fuels. But it can be expensive to produce. That is set to change, however, as South Korean researchers recently developed a new way to source fuel from wastewater solids at a fraction of the cost of regular sources. Although biodiesel from wastewater solids has been researched before, South Korean researchers at the Research Institute of Industrial Science and Technology figured out a new way to extract lipids, the compounds used to create biodiesel, using sludge at a local wastewater treatment plant. The process involves using heat to extract the lipids, rather than using catalysis, the method previously used. Full Story  

 

New Technology to Convert: Wastewater Solids into Plastic

The October 8 PRNewswire reported on a pioneering, ground breaking innovation that will enable turning municipal wastewater solids into raw materials, to be used by paper and plastic industries around the world. The innovative technology developed by Applied Cleantech, an Israeli company founded by Refael Aharon, will enable turning the solids in municipal wastewater systems into raw materials for the plastic industry around the world. At the end of the process, wastewater solids are turned into high quality, clean and environmentally friendly raw materials, thus naming the purification facility to a manufacturer with extra "green" points.  Full Story 

 
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Conferences

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MABA Biosolids Symposium: Challenges and Solutions for Managing Biosolids
Nutrients 

The Mid-Atlantic Biosolids Association (MABA) is hosting a one-day symposium on November 20 from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County- University Center, 1000 Hilltop Road, 21250, MD for wastewater and biosolids professionals focusing on: nutrient regulations in the mid-Atlantic states; latest in science on environmental fate of nitrogen and phosphorus; best practices for biosolids storage; emerging biosolids fertilizer technologies; innovations in land application equipment. Speakers include: Greg Evanylo, VA Tech; Chip Elliott, PSU; Lisa Williams, Synagro; Trudy Johnston, Material Matters; Bill Toffey, Effluential Synergies; Josh McGrath, U of MD; Lisa Oxenhurt, AquaLaw; and others. To register, click here. Email Brett Goldman at bgoldman@mabiosolids.org with any questions.

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.

Training

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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 – 3:45 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 (1.75) will be available for attendees. Click Here to Register  For more information, click here. To access the Power Point PDF presentations, click here

 

Ohio WEA Hosting Biosolids Seminar - Biosolids to Soils: 25 Years of Research & Practice

The Ohio Water Environment Association is hosting a webinar on November 1 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT. The theme of the webinar is Biosolids to Soils: 25 Years of Research & Practice. The EPA Part 503 biosolids rule turns 20 in February!  Biosolids are now routinely used as fertilizers and soil amendments throughout North America, governed not only by federal standards, but, in most cases, by state and provincial regulations as well. Best management practices have advanced, and complaints from neighbors and communities have become less common. This presentation will take a look back over 25+ years of biosolids research and practice, highlighting the most significant issues and how they are addressed. It will show examples of some of the many exemplary programs that have put to use the resources in biosolids for environmental and economic benefit. To register, click hereContact Hour and PDH information. 

  

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