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 December 18, 2012 
  

NBP News 

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NBP Webcast: Biosolids 101 – Fundamentals of Practice Audio Available

The audio from the NBP October 31, 2012 webcast on Biosolids 101 – Fundamentals of Practice is available for
downloading. To access the Power Point PDF presentations, click here. To view the webcast audio, click here.

Renewable Water Resources in Greenville, SC Achieves NBP Platinum Level Certification

Renewable Water Resources (ReWa) located in Greenville successfully completed an interim audit of its biosolids management program (BMP) on October 3, 2012 from NSF-International Strategic Registrations to maintain its NBP certification and achieve Platinum Level status. The interim audit found no major non-conformances, 5 minor non-conformances, 7 opportunities for improvement and 3 positive commendations. Renewable Water Resources 2012 Interim Audit Report  

Commendations:                      

 

  • System-wide – ReWa has one of the most conscientious and enthusiastic biosolids management system teams in the program. This dedication contributes to the significant accomplishments and continuous improvements of their BMS program.

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  • Training – With very few exceptions ReWa staff have developed and provided a highly effective and exemplary training program related to its biosolids management program (BMP) program.

  • Operating Procedures – ReWa staff have comprehensively developed Standard Operating Procedures for the critical control points in the biosolids value chain.
Central Davis County Sewer District in Kaysville, UT Maintains NBP Platinum Certification

Renewable

Central Davis County Sewer District located in Kaysville, UT successfully completed an interim audit of its biosolids management program (BMP) on October 1, 2012 from NSF-International Strategic Registrations to maintain its NBP certification and Platinum Level status. During this audit, NSF noted the following strengths in the Central Davis County Sewer District biosolids management program:  Central Davis County Sewer District 2012 Interim AuditReport 

Commendations: 


 

  • CDSD maintains an excellent library of training videos addressing the operations of wastewater and biosolids management. This is a first rate production of training modules for various critical control points such as mixer truck loading and operation; belt press start up and operation; gravity belt start up and operation; and compost turner operation.

  • CDSD maintains an exemplary communication program with federal and state regulators. This high level of interaction has resulted in the District attaining regional recognition as a leader throughout the rocky mountain area, not only in biosolids, but also water quality and other environmental issues.

  • And finally, the hard work and dedication of the CDSD Team must be acknowledged. While maintaining the BMP certification goal is obviously a team effort the guidance provided by the CDSD Director to ensure accomplishment of this goal must be recognized.

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Around the Nation

 

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Chicago Metropolitan WaterReclamation District’s Biosolids Improve Hinsdale's Veeck Park 

The December 10 LaGrange, IL Patch reported that in 2011, the Village of Hinsdale, IL was about to spend over $10,000 to tear up and reseed Veeck Park, but instead, they used free biosolids provided by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) to restore soccer fields that were in poor condition. "We followed the MWRD's suggestions, and the field looks amazing," said Gina Hassett, Director of Parks and Recreation for the Village of Hinsdale. "The turf is in excellent condition."  After learning about MWRD biosolids from Jim Walsh of Sportsfields, Inc., Hassett contacted the MWRD, and staff surveyed the area to develop a restoration plan which would include the application of biosolids. According to Hassett, the park was in poor condition due to the construction of a stormwater treatment facility and storage of materials on the north end of the fields and east soccer field. Full Story 

NEBRA Launches New Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Production Website

OfficialsThe North East Biosolids and Residuals Association (NEBRA) unveiled a new website that provides updated data on anaerobic digestion and biogas production at wastewater treatment facilities across the United States. The website, www.biogasdata.org, provides policy-makers, market analysts, project developers, and water quality
professionals with key information about the potential for biogas production as a renewable fuel. Biogas can be used in place of natural gas in boilers and engines to produce heat and electricity.  

Casella Waste Systems Sells Maine Energy Recovery Facility to City of Biddeford, Maine  

MARKETWIRE reported on December 3 that Casella Waste Systems, Inc., a regional vertically integrated solid waste, recycling and resource management services company,
announced today that it completed the sale of the property containing its Maine Energy Recovery facility to the City of Biddeford, ME on November 30, 2012. As part of the transaction, Biddeford will pay the company total consideration of $6.65 million over 21 years, enter into a new 10 year waste handling agreement, and enter into a new 10 year recycling collection agreement. At closing, the company conveyed to Biddeford the land (excluding any above grade improvements other than the stack) and cellular leases related to antennae on the stack. Full Story 

New Waste-to-Energy Project Will Turn Akron, OH Landfill Gases into Electricity 

The Nov. 22 Akron, OH Beacon Journal reported that Akron's Hardy Road Landfill is producing electricity for the municipal wastewater treatment plant as part of a
new waste-to-energy project. The city and Hull & Associates Inc. on Nov. 21 hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the $2.75 million project at the city’s wastewater
treatment plant off Akron-Peninsula Road next to the Cuyahoga River.  The project is expected to produce environmentally friendly power for at least 15 years, said Steve Giles of Hull & Associates, based in the Columbus suburb of Dublin. The project relies on methane-rich landfill gas produced by decaying garbage at the city-owned landfill that closed in 2002.  The gas is now collected at the landfill, then dried, filtered and compressed. It then is piped 3,000 feet to the wastewater treatment plant, where it powers a massive American-built engine capable of producing 8,600 megawatt hours of electricity annually -- enough to supply 700 to 800 houses. Full Story 
 

Public-Private Deal to Build Biosolids Treatment Plant in Sudbury, Ontario Canada 

The Nov. 21 CBC News Canada reported that the Greater Sudbury, Ontario Canada city council approved the city's first major public-private partnership Tuesday night to build and operate a new biosolids plant. The $62 million deal with Toronto-based N-Viro Systems will process wastewater residuals that has been dumped on the tailings ponds near Lively. The wastewater disposal process was part of a decades-long agreement with mining company Vale that helped to neutralize waste from mining operations in the tailings ponds.  Residents' complaints about the smell from the area prompted council to look for a new solution a few years ago. The city will receive $11 million from the federal government for the new plant, because it's partnering with a private firm. Full Story 

 

Request for Proposal: Research to Advance Energy Production and Recovery from Wastewater and Solids

 The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is seeking proposals for research that would demonstrate or advance any processes or practices with potential for energy recovery or efficiency. Proposals must be received by 4 pm EST on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. Full Story  

 
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Conferences

 

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 2013 WEF Residuals and Biosolids 2013: Emerging Opportunities for Sustainable Resource Recovery Technical Program 

May 5 - 8, 2013
Nashville Convention Center
Nashville, Tennessee

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.

Technical Program 

On the Technical Program  left tab on WEF’s conference website for the 2013 Residuals and Biosolids Specialty Conference in Nashville, TN on May 5-8, the draft Technical Program PDF is available as well as details for each pre-conference workshop.  A facility tour and Water for People charity golf tournament will also be featured at the 2013 conference, but further details on each event will become available in the coming weeks. Please visit the link below for the most up to date technical session information.

Draft Technical Program (PDF)
 

Conference Workshops: 

WEF will be hosting three pre-conference workshops in Nashville next year. More details are available for each event below.

Biosolids 101 – Fundamentals of Practice

Sunday, May 5, 2013 | 8:30am - 5:00pm

Many who are responsible for biosolids compliance do not have the deep background that can make for a successful biosolids program.  This workshop attempts to get those new to the biosolids field interested and knowledgeable about biosolids fundamentals. 


Using Appropriate Economic Methodologies for Evaluation of Cost-Saving Projects

Sunday, May 5, 2013 | 1:30pm - 5:00pm

This workshop is intended to teach utility management appropriate methodologies that should be used to evaluate whether an operational-cost-saving project/investment should be made or not and provide tools for overcoming perceived economic barriers, using accepted economic techniques.


503 Biosolids Jeopardy

Sunday, May 5, 2013 | 1:30pm - 5:00pm

This workshop will provide attendees with a comprehensive training session relative to 40 CFR Part 503. This Part 503 training program is a condensed version of a program developed over the past 20 years by nationally recognized biosolids experts and covers biosolids regulatory issues, management practices, and strategies.

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 Audio Available

The audio from the NBP October 31, 2012 webcast on Biosolids 101 – Fundamentals of Practice is available for downloading. To access the Power Point PDF presentations, click here. To view the webcast audio, click here.  

 

Past NBP Webcast Audio Links

 

  To view all NBP PDF Power Point webcast presentations, click here