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April 2013 

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Alexandria Renew Enterprises, Alexandria, VA Maintains Platinum Level BMP Certification 

Alexandria Renew Enterprises, Alexandria, VA successfully completed re-verification audit of its biosolids management program (BMP) on April 15, 2013 from NSF International to maintain its NBP certification and Platinum Level status.   

The NBP congratulates the management and staff of Alexandria Renew Enterprises for continued ranking as one of the very best biosolids management programs in North America!  

Helping a Sister Out:  City of LA Assists OCSD in Internal Audit 

Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) is in its 10th year of National Biosolids Partnership certification for its biosolids program.  In the past, OCSD has used various staff and audit firms to conduct internal audits of its biosolids management system (BMS).  In recent years, the BMS Coordinator has performed the audits, but the time came that the BMS Coordinator could not audit the processes for which she is primarily responsible.  OCSD considered hiring an external auditor, but first contacted sister agency City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation (LA City) to see if they would be interested in performing the audit.  LA City has a team of accredited auditors that regularly audit their own certified biosolids program.  They gladly accepted the request.  On February 27th and 28th, Diane Gilbert Jones, Biosolids Regulatory Liaison, and Olga Krel, Plancheck Engineer, interviewed OCSD staff and reviewed various OCSD BMS processes, such as Management Review, Goals and Objectives, End-Use Planning, Internal Audits, and Corrective and Preventive Action.  The audit was a valuable experience for all parties.  Not only did OCSD save time and money by not hiring an external audit firm, they gained insight to management practices and auditor expectations different from what they already knew.  LA City auditors gained knowledge by observing other practices that they could use to improve their own system.  Additionally, in return for their valuable services, LA City sent staff to a two-day leadership training course conducted at OCSD.  Additionally, the audit further strengthened the relationship between the agencies and serves as a possible model for future peer-agency collaboration.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact Rachel Van Exel at  


Around the Nation 


Ocala Water Reclamation Facility Receives FWEA Biosolids/Residuals Program Excellence Award   

On April 30, the City of Ocala, FL Water Reclamation Facility No. 3 will receive the Biosolids/Residuals Program Excellence award from the Florida Water Environment Association in recognition for promoting the safe management, public acceptance and beneficial use of biosolids.  The facility produces Class A biosolids, which are used to “augment” or improve soil conditions, which helps reduce manmade fertilizer use. 


Soil Scientist Awarded King County Green Globe Award as Leader in Loop Biosolids Recycling
Craig Cogger, a soil scientist with Washington State University and leader in Loop biosolids recycling for King County has been awarded a Green Globe Award for assisting "King County’s Loop biosolids program make sound, evidence-based decisions for more than two decades. Cogger worked to develop nationwide guidelines for biosolids nutrient management, both to prevent runoff and to meet the nutrient requirements of the crop, documenting the significant benefits of biosolids recycling, including improved soil nutrients, crop quality, production economics, soil quality, and carbon sequestration."  King County, WA selects Green Globe award nominees based on leadership in activities that foster environmental stewardship in the community by protecting the environment, managing natural resources and encouraging community involvement, and achieving these goals in partnership with King County.
Introduction of Biosolids to Maine Commercial Fertilizer Law
On April 9, the Maine legislature added the definitions of "biosolids," "packaged biosolids" and "unpackaged biosolids" to the Maine Commercial Fertilizer Law through LD1009, an “Act Concerning Fertilizer and Lime Products.”  Additionally, the bill exempts unpackaged biosolids and packaged biosolids derived primarily from residuals regulated by the Department of Environmental Protection from being registered before being offered for sale and from the tonnage report.  
Biosolids Excluded from Utah Fertilizer Act Rule R68-3  
Effective April 1, 2013, the Utah Fertilizer Act Governing Fertilizers and Soil Amendments (Rule R68-3) codifies that “any waste-derived fertilizer distributed as a single ingredient product or blended with other fertilizer ingredients must be identified as "waste-derived fertilizer" by the registrant in the application for registration. "Waste-derived fertilizer" shall include any commercial fertilizer that is derived from an industrial byproduct, coproduct or other material that would otherwise be disposed of if a market for reuse were not an option, but does not include fertilizers derived from biosolids or biosolids products regulated under Environmental Protection Agency Code of Federal Regulation, Section 503.”  (See,
VVWRA Takes Step Toward Energy Independence   
  The California Water Environment Association reports on the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) partnership with Anaergia.  See,  
California Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission Approves Delta Diablo Sanitation District Biosolids to Energy Contract Amendment  

Under Resolution 13-0320-05, the state of California approved Amendment 1 to Contract 500-10-034 with Delta Diablo Sanitation District, which provide a 24 month time extension and revises the scope of work to reflect a new technology for converting biosolids to energy.  

ATSDR Health Consultation on Decatur, AL Issued   

On April 1, 2013 the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, released the Health Consultation Exposure Investigation Report for Perfluorochemical  (PFCs) Serum Sampling in the vicinity of Decatur, Alabama (Morgan, Lawrence, and Limestone Counties).  PFCs are a class of man-made chemicals that are not regulated under the Clean Water Act. Testing of biosolids for these chemicals is not required. In May 2007, a perfluorochemical (PFC) manufacturer in Decatur, Alabama, notified the EPA that it had unknowingly discharged large amounts of perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFCA) into the Decatur Utilities’ Dry Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Testing of a small number agricultural fields that received treated biosolids from the plant were tested in 2007 and subsequent testing occurred in February and March 2009. The report noted that the agricultural fields that received the Decatur Utilities’ biosolids are not suspected to be the source of PFCs in the West Morgan/East Lawrence public water supply system. Additionally, it was reported that the limited sample size of this investigation was not sufficient to determine if a significant link between blood serum levels of PFCs and individual exposures to PFCs through biosolids or consumption of local cattle, fish, and vegetables existed.  The results cannot be generalized to other populations because this investigation attempts to specifically target people with potential for higher exposure. In addition, results of this investigation cannot be used to predict the future occurrence of disease nor be associated with current or past health problems. Serum PFC concentrations will not necessarily provide information about the source of exposure (i.e. water, soil, food etc.) but along with other exposure pathway information may help determine if there is an association or link with potential PFC sources. 

Synagro Technologies Restructuring   

On April 24, Synagro Technologies Inc., announced that the company would undergo a restructuring.  According to the company’s website (, Synagro reached an agreement through which a leading private equity group, will purchase substantially all of the Company’s assets through a Chapter 11 process. This agreement is aimed at strengthening the Company financially and position it for continued growth.  All Synagro operations and customer support are said to continue uninterrupted throughout the process. The Company expects the sale to be completed in 60 to 90 days.  Synagro serves more than 600 municipal and industrial water and wastewater facilities throughout the U.S. 

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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. For more information, click here.



  Short Course: Sustainable Land Application of Residuals  

May 13 – 16, 2013. Univ. of Florida, Gainesville
Covers the land application of animal manures, biosolids, and industrial by-products such as food-processing and biofuel residues. Taught by Dr. George O’Connor (Univ. of FL) and Dr. Herschel (Chip) Elliott (Penn State). Click here for details or contact: