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February 1, 2011

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City of Richmond, VA Department of Public Utilities Receives NBP EMS Certification 

The City of Richmond, VA Department of Public Utilities received NBP certification of its environmental management system following a verification audit report by NSF International Strategic Registrations on January 14, 2011. The City of Richmond DPU is the 32nd organization and second in Virginia to achieve NBP certification. View audit report

U.S. District Court of Appeals Denies EPA 6-Month Extension Request for SSI MACT Standard Final Rulemaking: Extends Deadline by One Month

The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on January 20 announced that it has extended the promulgation date for the proposed sewage sludge incineration (SSI) maximum achievable control technology (MACT) rule from January 21 to February 21, 2011. The 26-page opinion and 3-page order denied EPA’s request to extend the promulgation date from the original January 15 deadline until July 15, 2011. The court determined that EPA did not sufficiently justify why it needed six additional months to complete the rulemaking.

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Around the Nation




Kern County to Enforce Sludge Ban

According to the January 19 edition of the Bakersfield Californian, Kern County supervisors gave environmental health regulators their blessing to begin the six-month process involved in enforcing the Measure E ban on the land application of treated human and industrial waste. But the possibility of a court challenge clouds the future of the long-embattled, voter-approved rule that blocks use of sewage sludge on farmland in unincorporated Kern County. Full story     

U.K Office of Fair Trade to Scrutinize Organic Waste Market

According to an article that appeared in the January 21 Organics News, the United Kingdom’s Office of Fair Trading is set to scrutinize the practices of the organics waste sector under a research project requested by the water industry's regulatory body, Ofwat. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) said that it had been approached by the water regulator which had asked for its help in assessing the practices of the organics waste market. This is with a view to analyzing the crossover between sewage-sludge treatment and the co-digestion of organic waste. Full story

Community Recommends Solution to Wastewater Sludge Disposal

According to an article that appeared in the January 18 Sudbury (Ontario, Canada) Northern Life, the City of Greater Sudbury has been using tailings ponds in the Lively area for 30 years as a disposal site for waste activated sludge, a normal by-product of the wastewater treatment process. The city is required to find an alternate solution to its wastewater sludge disposal methods by the end of 2012. As well, recurrent episodes of foul odor originating from the disposal site have contributed to the importance of developing new practices to manage the disposal of waste activated sludge and protect the quality of life of area residents. As a result, it has been determined that a biosolids treatment facility is required. Full story

Building Organics Diversion Around Treatment Plant Digester

In the January 2011 issue of BioCycle Magazine, Editor Nora Goldstein reports that the City of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec installed an anaerobic digester to process wastewater treatment plant solids. Planning is underway for an expansion to receive sanitary sewer overflows and cheese whey. Faced with annual costs of $1.3 million to manage its biosolids, the city decided to invest in anaerobic digestion technology and a biosolids drying unit. For years, the city had been transporting 13,500 metric tons/year of biosolids at 25 percent solids over 60 miles to the Town of Saint-Rosaire, where it was landfilled. Average cost for disposal was $100/metric ton. Installing anaerobic digesters and a thermal dryer had the potential to reduce the volume of solids generated significantly. Full story

NC Towns Get Creative, Transform Wastewater into Usable Compost

In the February 1 edition of Cary, NC News, Andrew Kenney writes that Fuquay-Varina is one of several towns in western Wake County, NC to adopt new, more efficient waste management technologies. A $385,000 machine has uncorked a bottleneck in the town's wastewater plant, allowing easier disposal of the biosolids that Fuquay-Varina's growing population sends down the pipes. The rotary press was designed to remove the pulp from apple juice, he said, but has found new life in sewage treatment. Full Story

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WEF Residuals and Biosolids Specialty Conference On-Line Registration Now Available

On-line registration for WEF’s Residuals and Biosolids Specialty Conference is now open.  The conference will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, CA from May 22-25, 2011. The theme of the conference is “Adapting Residuals Management to a Changing Climate.” Cooperating Organizations include: California Water Environment Association, California Association of Sanitation Agencies, Air & Waste Management Association, and U.S. Composting Council. More information

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EPA Issues Interim Report Evaluates Combined Heat and Power Technologies for Wastewater Treatment Facilities

EPA has released an interim report, Evaluation of Combined Heat and Power Technologies for Wastewater Facilities, which serves as a planning-level tool for wastewater professionals and provides an examination of commonly used and emerging combined heat and power (CHP) technologies for converting anaerobic digester gas to electrical power and process heat.  The report was developed by Columbus Water Works, under an assistance agreement awarded by EPA in support of their Columbus Biosolids Flow-Through Thermophilic Treatment (CBFT3) National Demonstration Project. It provides detailed technical information about existing technologies for producing heat and power from biogas including: internal combustion engines, gas turbines, microturbines, and fuel cells as well as other beneficial uses for digester gas. The report includes detailed process descriptions and performance and cost data. It also addresses factors such as infrastructure requirements, digester gas treatment, and operational issues. The interim report includes four in-depth facility case studies from across the country that demonstrate successful biogas-to-energy projects. .

NBP January 26, 2011 Webcast Audio Recording Available

The audio and Power Point presentation from the NBP January 26 webcast: “Charting the Future of Biosolids Management: Forum Findings on Trends and Drivers,” is available for downloading. The PDF presentations from each of the speakers are also available. Click here for PDF presentations. To view webcast audio and slides, click here. Follow the instructions at the Go-to-Webinar link. 

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