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January 10, 2012

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NBP Knoxville, TN Utilities Board Achieves NBP EMS Certification Water Resources in Greenville, SC Receives NBP EMS Certification

Knoxville, TN Utilities Board received NBP certification of its environmental management system following a verification audit report by DEKRA Certification, Inc. on December 20, 2011. KUB is the 34th organization and second in Tennessee to achieve NBP certification. During the audit, DEKRA noted the following strengths in the KUB biosolids management system.

·         The “biosolids dashboard” provides an immediate visual indication to operators (and others) about performance of the biosolids operation. This may be a best practice for the industry.

·         An active and effective pharmaceutical take-back program has been in place for approximately 3 years, including cooperation between several public agencies.

·         A thorough Corrective/Preventive Action process is used.

·         The KUB biosolids program is improving through the use of a systematic approach to managing their biosolids program.

·         View Audit Report 


City of Grand Rapids, MI Maintains NBP EMS Certification

The City of Grand Rapids, MI successfully completed an interim audit of its biosolids environmental management system (EMS) on October 18, 2011 from NSF-International Strategic Registrations to maintain its NBP certification. During this audit, NSF noted the following strengths in Grand Rapids biosolids management system:

  • The Department established an excellent training program to encourage all employees to understand critical control points (CCP). The active participation of different work groups in creating CCP training videos aided those who made the videos as well as captured the attention of fellow employees. The viewing of the six videos during the annual BMP refresher training set a new attendance record.
  • The Department has prepared several exemplary environmental protection “TIPs” publications. These TIPs are short quarter page color handouts that explain what individual citizens can do to help control pollution associated with wastewater generation. The TIPs developed to date include “proper grease disposal,” proper medicine disposal’, “disposable not flushable” (for convenience wipes), and “rain water is not wastewater.”
  • The sewer maintenance crew is almost a full year ahead of its schedule to routinely clean all sewer lines 24-inch and smaller.
  • City of Grand Rapids 2011 Interim Audit Report 



Central Davis Sewer District in Kaysville, UT Maintains NBP EMS Certification 

The National Biosolids Partnership (NBP), in conjunction with WEF, is hosting a no charge webcast on Wednesday, December 7 from 2:00 – 3:15 pm EST. The theme of this webcast is Renewable Green Energy from Biosolids – POTW Case Studies Attempting  to Achieve Net Energy Production. Renewable green energy potential from wastewater treatment facilities has spurred a tremendous amount of interest in an economy that faces ever increasing costs for energy. This no charge webinar will examine WEF’s role in promoting green energy and present case studies from wastewater facilities to achieve zero net energy utilization to becoming a new energy producer. Attendees will learn approaches being taken from an east and west coast wastewater agency to achieve both zero net energy utilization to becoming a net energy producer; learn about the newly adopted WEF Renewable Energy Generation from Wastewater Position Statement; and learn about biosolids energy recovery methods that are proven, available and emerging. Registration 



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Around the Nation




Exeter Township, PA Considers Use for Biosolids from WWTP  

A The January 3 Southern Berks, PA News reported that the Exeter Township WWTP has begun providing biosolids from the plant to an area farmer for use as fertilizer in his fields. That farmer has already taken two loads of biosolids from the Exeter facility. The township Board of Supervisors agreed to the move at their Dec. 19 meeting, a step that plant superintendent Paul Herb told the board could save the township $7,500 per month in landfill costs. Herb said that because the township is not selling or transporting the biosolids, no Fertilizer/Manure license is needed. The township has applied for the license, and a decision is expected early this month. Approval of the license will allow the township to sell the biosolids or transport them to places like the Reading Country Club in Exeter, which has also expressed interest in obtaining the product for use in areas of the golf course. FullStory  

Hawes Composting Facility, CA to Start Early Next Year

The December 23 San Bernardino County Sun reported that construction on a massive composting facility near Hinkley, CA should begin early next year. The Hawes Composting Facility, some eight miles west of Hinkley, should be ready to accept as many as 1,100 tons per day of biosolids on 80 acres by the middle of February.  The facility is designed to offer cities a lower-cost alternative than trucking to AZ or Kern County. Much of the Grade A compost from the future Hawes plant will be used by nearby alfalfa farms. Full Story

,Sudbury, Ontario, to Firm Up Biosolids Plant Deal in 2012

The December 30 CBC News, Canada reported that one of the biggest decisions facing Sudbury city council in the New Year will deal with hiring a private company to build and operate a public facility near Lively to begin processing its solid waste into biosolids. The city is looking for a company to build the biosolids plant, which may cost as much as $40 million. The plant, which would also be run by the same company, would be in operation for the next 20 years. It is estimated that three workers at the plant would not be public servants. The federal government has committed $11 million to the plant, based on it being a public-private partnership. FullStory

Gallatin, TN Public Utilities Bonds Issuance Expected to Save Money in Time

The December 20 Tennessean reported that the Gallatin, TN City Council authorized Gallatin Public Utilities to issue up to $10 million in bonds to pay for new projects and refinance old debt in November. City Finance Director Rachel Nichols said the actual amount of the bond issue will be closer to $9 million. Approximately $3.5 million in outstanding bonds from a 2003 issue will be refinanced to get a better rate of interest. Another $5 million will go to new projects, and about $500,000 will be set aside for closing costs and as a reserve fund. Gallatin Public Utilities borrowed $27 million in 2008 to build its new wastewater treatment plant, which is expected to last the city another 30 years. The second phase of the new plant is a $6.6 million biosolids building that is slated for official completion in April. FullStory

Allentown, PA Waste-to-Energy Proposal Reviewed 

The December 14 Allentown, PA Morning Call reported that the Allentown City Council may vote early next year on a deal with New Jersey-based Delta Thermo Energy for a new process to turn Allentown's trash and wastewater solids into energy in a plant on the Little Lehigh Creek. The new plant would convert wastewater solids and trash into a coal-like substance and burn it at temperatures up to 2,192 degrees to create electricity. The goal is to generate enough power to run the wastewater treatment plant and to sell leftover electricity to the power grid. FullStory

Wellington, FL Set to Cash in on Waste 

The December 17 Palm Beach, FL Post reported that the Village of Wellington stands to gain $0.25 million from converting its wastewater solids into Class AA biosolids. Wellington has sealed a deal to sell its pellets to the South Dade Soil and Water Conservation District for about $52,000 a year. Once production starts around February 1, the village will no longer have to pay to get dispose of its the Class B biosolids. FullStory 

Bowling Green, KY Municipal Utilities Nears Finish Line on Plant Project


The January 8 Bowling Green, KY Daily News reported that a 2 1⁄2-year $52 million wastewater plant expansion is nearing completion for Bowling Green Municipal Utilities. The project will not only expand the treatment plant’s capacity, it will add a process to produce biosolids that can be used on crops and plants. The biosolids fertilizer will be sold to farmers in bulk. FullStory 


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Registration Open for 2012 Residuals and Biosolids Specialty Conference

Join WEF in Raleigh, N.C. March 25–28, 2012 for the 26th Annual Residuals and Biosolids Conference. This conference will highlight beneficial reuse options, science, and technologies currently available to leverage biosolids as a valuable resource. This is one show you won't want to miss, so register today! To view list of WEF conferences and webcasts, click here 

Exhibition and Sponsorship Opportunities Selling Fast at Residuals and Biosolids 2012

Exhibiting at the 26th Annual Residuals and Biosolids 2012 Conference provides networking access to a targeted audience of new and returning attendees with a high level of buying intent. Consider sponsoring to receive unparalleled exposure before, during, and after the show with registration giveaway items such as eco-friendly lanyards or water bottles.

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NBP- WEF Webcast: When Opportunity Knocks, How Can Municipalities and POTWs Partner with the Biofuels Industry

The National Biosolids Partnership (NBP), in conjunction with WEF, is hosting a no charge webcast on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm EST. The theme of this webcast is: When Opportunity Knocks, How Can Municipalities and POTWs Partner with the Biofuels Industry.   This webcast will provide a background on the status of the biofuels industry and identify potential areas of collaboration between the two sectors. This interactive webcast also seeks to create a dialogue among POTWs and between the Biofuels industry and POTWs to identify areas of concern and potential conflict.  Finally, the webcast will identify potential paths to resolve these issues so that collaborations have a high likelihood of success. Please register for this webcast through GoToMeeting. For more information, click here  

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