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Biosolids News

January 1, 2011

NBP News

 

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City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation Receives National League of Cities Award of Excellence

The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation announced on December 21, that its Terminal Island Renewable Energy (TIRE) biosolids (bio-slurry) injection project has received a National League of Cities (NLC) 2010 Award for Municipal Excellence.  The award recognizes cities and towns for outstanding programs that improve the quality of life in America’s communities.  The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation is a NBP EMS certified organization. Read more 

City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department, NC Maintains NBP EMS Certification

The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (CORPUD) biosolids management system recently completed its fourth successful interim audit during 2010 from KEMA Registrations, Inc. to maintain its NBP EMS certification. View audit report 

NBP January 26,  2011 No Charge Webcast – Charting the Future of Biosolids Management:  Forum Findings on Trends and Drivers 

The National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) will conduct a “no charge” webcast on January 26, 2011 from 2:00-3:45 pm EST to discuss the findings from a December 1-2, 2010 facilitated forum of invited biosolids experts across the U.S. to discuss current and future issues, drivers and trends associated with Biosolids Management. Trends and drivers that will be discussed include: public policy and regulations, technology, operation and management, outreach and training and research needs. Professional development hours will be available. Webcast Details  Registration information

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Around the Nation

 

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Links Between Biosolids Odors and Regrowth of Indicators Could Yield Common Solution 

Two issues that continue to perplex wastewater utilities using land application for biosolids management are persistent odors and increases of indicator microorganisms following digestion and dewatering. WERF projects have made significant gains in the understanding of each of these issues. They also discovered important links between the two. Links which WERF researchers are now exploring to create plant design and operation modifications that could simultaneously address both concerns. Of note are findings that demonstrate the link between the increase in E. coli and fecal coliforms and the production of odors during cake storage.  The two issues are associated with a bacterial food source, or substrate, which becomes available after dewatering. The substrate supports “regrowth” of the indicators, as well as other bacteria.  As bacteria degrade the available substrate, they also release odor causing compounds. The research team is now implementing and testing solutions at utilities experiencing issues related to sudden increase, regrowth, and odors. More     

Milwaukee MSD Receives $5 Million for Turbines to Burn Landfill Gas

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle announced on December 16 that the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) will receive $5 million from the State Energy Program (SEP), which is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. MMSD will purchase equipment and install new turbines at its facility that manufactures natural organic fertilizer from biosolids (milorganite). The funds will be used to purchase the turbines that are capable of burning landfill gas. The landfill gas will be converted to electricity and used in the manufacturing process. The total project cost is $88 million. Read more 

EPA Provides Public with Easier Access to Chemical Information

EPA announced on December 21 that it has introduced a new web-based tool that will enable the public to search for and have easy access to health and safety studies on industrial chemicals. As part of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s continued efforts to enhance EPA's chemical management program and increase transparency, the chemical data access tool allows users to conduct a chemical-specific search for health and safety studies that have been submitted to the agency under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The tool will also be added to Data.Gov, a website developed by the Obama Administration to provide public access to important government information. Web-Based Tool 

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Conferences

 

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California WEA Specialty Conference Biosolids Workshop: Putting Regulators and Researchers in Touch with YOU... the Practitioner

The California Water Environment Association will be conducting a Biosolids specialty conference on Tuesday, January 18 at the Los Angeles County Sanitation District, 1955 Workman Mill Rd, Whittier, CA 90601 and on Wednesday, January 19 at the Shannon Community Center 11600 Shannon Ave, Dublin, CA 94568. Register online or send in your registration form Earn up to 7.5 CWEA Contact Hours. Workshop flyer

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Training

 

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NBP January 26, 2011 No Charge Webcast – Charting the Future of Biosolids Management:  Forum Findings on Trends and Drivers

The National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) will conduct a “no charge” webcast on January 26, 2011 from 2:00-3:45 pm EST to discuss the findings from a December 1-2, 2010 facilitated forum of invited biosolids experts across the U.S. to discuss current and future issues, drivers and trends associated with Biosolids Management. Trends and drivers that will be discussed include: public policy and regulations, technology, operation and management, outreach and training and research needs. Webcast Details  Registration information Professional hours will be available for this webcast. 

Best of WEFTEC 2010 Webcast: Energy Management and Conservation Practices at Wastewater Treatment Facilities 

WEF is conducting a January 19 webcast on a repeat of Technical Session 52 from WEFTEC 2010: Energy Management and Conservation Practices at Wastewater Treatment Facilities. This hot topic session will focus on energy conservation measures and best management practices for wastewater treatment facilities. The three presentations chosen for this webcast address innovative energy conservation and management methods, practices and tools, and includes case studies of energy conservation at wastewater facilities.  More information 

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