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 May 10, 2012

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 How the NBP EMS Program Benefitted Renewable Water Resources in Greenville, SC – Success Story

Renewable Water Resources (ReWa), located in Greenville, SC, had its biosolids environmental management system (EMS) independently verified on October 28, 2011 by the audit firm, NSF-International Strategic Registrations, to conform to the NBP’s EMS guidance for certification. ReWa is the 33rd organization and first in South Carolina to receive NBP EMS Certification. ReWa decided several years ago to participate in the NBP EMS program because it is a powerful tool that will help to improve its biosolids management activities, promote continuous improvement and improve public relations.  ReWa believes in this program, and has already seen benefits from it.  Initially, ReWa’s EMS established four broad long-term goals which included: reducing hauling costs, improving relations with interested parties, and evaluating the feasibility of converting to Class A biosolids production at Mauldin Road WWTP. Substantial progress has been made on all these fronts and new goals and objectives have been developed during 2011. The goals and objectives took public interest into consideration when developed by the Biosolids EMS coordinator and the Biosolids Team. ReWa EMS Success Story  ReWa Audit Report from NSF   

NBP April 25 Webcast Audio Available 

The NBP April 25, 2012 webcast audio “Thermal Hydrolysis Comes to America: DC Water’s Blue Plains Digestion Project” is available for viewing by clicking here 

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Around the Nation




Raleigh, NC Asks to Spread Biosolids on Previously Contaminated Land

The May 7 Raleigh, NC Public Record reported that city officials want to once again spread biosolids on city fields in the same area that once caused contamination of local wells. But this time, officials say they have learned from their mistakes. On April 25, staff members from the Neuse River Wastewater Treatment Plant presented the outline of their proposal to spread biosolids on 393 acres near the facility. The city has not spread biosolids on this land since 2002, when it was revealed that over-application had likely caused groundwater contamination. City officials planned to submit their application to the state last week. The state Division of Water Quality will have 90 days to respond, and the process will include a 30-day public comment period. A decision is not likely until late summer at the earliest. Matt Fleahman, environmental engineer with the state Division of Water Quality, said biosolids applications now will not result in the same outcome. “Things have changed significantly with the city,” he said. “What happened there 10 or 20 years ago would be impossible under the management and policies in place today.”  Full Story 

Winston-Salem Wastewater Facility Uses Biosolids Drying to Create Class A EQ Fertilizer Pellets

The May 2 Thomas Net Industrial News reported that increased production demands and rising disposal costs prompted the need for an expansion at the Elledge Wastewater Treatment facility in Winston-Salem, NC. The facility services the greater Winston-Salem area, which is growing at a considerable rate. The facility was using conveyors to move dewatered sludge from their centrifuge to a storage building. From here it was loaded onto trucks and transported to privately owned sites chosen for the City of Winston-Salem Class B Land Application Program. "Due to higher restrictions on the class B product, reduced land fill space and increased landfill cost Winston-Salem looked for a way to reduce disposal volume and make the product user friendly," says Bruce Casey, Biosolids Drying Facility Plant Supervisor.  The solution was an Andritz biosolids dryer facility, which would turn the dewatered sludge into a marketable Class A, EQ (Exceptional Quality) fertilizer pellet. Full Story 

Biosolids Applied onto First Lower Mount Bethel Township, PA Farm  

The April 29 Lehigh Valley, PA Express-Times reported that Colleen Connolly, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, said last week that the farm belonging to George Ott in Lower Mount Bethel Township had received its first round of biosolids. Addressing concerns of how sludge will be monitored, Connolly said the Ott farm has been inspected by DEP officials twice in recent weeks and that the product was applied properly there. She added no complaints have been registered. The DEP handles all monitoring and testing. Connolly has previously said that biosolids fertilizer has been legal and regulated in the state since 1977. Full Story 

Biosolids Being Used as Fertilizer Around the World

In a letter to the editor written in the May 8 Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada Sun Times by Professor Owen P Ward at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, sources of chemical fertilizers are quickly being depleted and fertilizer phosphate will run out before the end of this century. Long-term environmental and food sustainability demands that nutrient rich organic end products of agricultural and food production and consumption, including agricultural and food wastes and manures, have to be recycled as fertilizers. The other principal organic residual, biosolids, is the product of wastewater treatment practices, implemented for more than a century in developed countries and which are being put in place in developing countries at an accelerated pace. Full Letter  

Plans to Rebuild Tottenham, Ontario Wastewater Treatment Plant Fully Underway

The April 25 New Tecumseth, Ontario, Canada Free Press reported that consultants have been retained by the Town of Tottenham to complete the conceptual design, site layout design, and provide programme management services for replacing the Tottenham Wastewater Treatment Plant. Initially the Ministry of Environment had been pushing the Town to decommission the plant in Tottenham, and connect the former village to the regional wastewater treatment plant in Alliston. A combination of high potential costs, but more importantly greater attention to increasing the plant's efficiencies to bring it back into compliance, triggered an update to the master servicing study that identified a preferred alternative which is its replacement a limit of technology (LoT) capable facility. Full Story 

NASA Scientists Developing Method to Use Wastewater to Make Biofuels 

The April 17 San Francisco NBC Area News reported that NASA scientists working at a San Francisco wastewater treatment plant in Hunter's Point believe they've developed a way to use wastewater to make biofuels. The two-year NASA sponsored project -- called Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing Algae (OMEGA) -- is nearing completion at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant, which processes about 85 million gallons of the city's wastewater every day. The main motivation for NASA's OMEGA project is to rapidly develop a feasible alternative to fossil fuels for jet propellants, project scientist Jonathan Trent said. Full Story 

Lakeland, FL Gets Fertilizer Plant Green Technologies; Hopes to Collaborate With USF Poly 

The April 18 Lakeland, FL Ledger reported that the company behind the GreenEdge brand of organic fertilizer will be opening a facility on a 24-acre property on Wilkinson Road. The location was picked because it's strategically adjacent to the West Lakeland Wasteload Reduction Facility. Amir Varshovi, president of Green Technologies, the Gainesville-based renewable energy company, said the fertilizer will be produced through extracting nitrogen, phosphorous and other micro nutrients from the biosolids from the wastewater and transforming it into slow-release fertilizer, renewable energy, and other sustainable products. Biosolids are high in organic content and contain nutrients needed by plants and makes it a great source of soil conditioner and fertilizer. Full Story 

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2013 WEF Residuals and Biosolids Specialty Conference – Call for Abstracts 

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. The Conference Program Committee is soliciting abstracts for oral presentations, workshops, and panel discussions to be presented at the conference. Abstract and workshop submittal deadline is August 1, 2012. To view the call for abstract form, click here. For more information on submitting an abstract or workshop proposal, click here  

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NBP April 25 Webcast Audio Available for Downloading 

The NBP April 25, 2012 webcast audio “Thermal Hydrolysis Comes to America: DC Water’s Blue Plains Digestion Project” is available for viewing by clicking here  

WEF/ABC Biosolids Land Appliers' Guide to Preparing for the Certification Examination 

This study guide accompanies Association of Boards of Certification’s (ABC’s) recently established Biosolids Land Appliers Certification Program as a means to assist individuals as they prepare for their certification exam. It includes sample questions for the seven core competencies of the two skill levels (Biosolids Land Appliers Class 1 and 2). Each sample question references specific technical resources recommended by ABC. It lists requirements for certification, as well as formulas commonly used for land appliers including conversion factors and a detailed list of abbreviations and acronyms. WEF Member Price: $38.00. More Information 

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