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The "Frequently Asked Questions" are expanded with hypertext links to fact sheets and research papers that provide significant expert statements on the benefits and risks of biosolids use.
Biosolids in the News
Two communities in Pennsylvania have been loci of controversy over biosolids projects. The Newsletters posted at this website have links to the local media coverage of concerns in Bell Township, Clearfield County, and in Upper Mount Bethel Township, Northhampton, County. In the former, the issue at hand is the restoration of some mine-impacted lands owned by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, to which biosolids is being brought for soil restoration. To remind our MABA member of the long history of mine reclamation with biosolids, go to the Success Stories tab for some of the presentations and publications available about projects in this region.
Biosolids Profession Loses a Hero
We learned today that Jane Forste has died. Those of us engaged in biosolids recycling in the '80s, '90s, and 2000s took our lessons, cues and inspiration from this smart and generous woman.
This is what Pam Gratton, a former colleague of hers at Synagro, wrote:
Jane passed in her sleep early Monday morning. Many of you know that Jane had not been in good health recently as she survived both breast cancer and stroke. The funeral is on Saturday, February 1st at Woods Memorial Church, Arnold, MD.
Jane is survived by two sons, Eric and Peter, and their wives, Faviola and Kim. She also has two grandchildren, Camilla and Katie, daughters of Eric and Faviola.
Jane was a legend in the biosolids community. Please pass this information on to those who remember Jane and the extraordinary contributions she made to setting the standard for excellence in the proper management of a very difficult material.
"Have You Stopped Beating Your Spouse?"
PRWatch and its allied Centers for Media and Democracy have been creating a false issue with Whole Foods by insisting that the chain adopt a 'no biosolids' policy for its purchase of vegetables. As we recognize that this is a red-herring issue, nevertheless the result is to cause biosolids to be raised in a negative light gratuitously, in the spirit of the questioned posed above. MABA has been joining NEBRA, NBMA and CASA is responding to this issue. We invite you to read Ned Beecher's summary of his recent communication with Whole Foods staffers and his take on the situation. One consequence is that a sophisticated reporter for National Public Radio investigated the story behind the story, leading to a unexpectedly '''balanced article by NPR.''' When Toffey explained to a producer of Fox Business Network that biosolids are not used on vegetables, but rather crops for livestock feed, the 5-minute segment planned for Friday, January 24th was "bumped."
Science and Common Sense
Please visit our Resaarch and News pages for the interesting angles to the "science" of biosolids. Dr. Sally Brown's Blurbs take us to some very different avenues of biosolids-related research. She looks at the effectiveness of public participation in support of projects that have a certain amount of "risk," but also corollary benefits.
Presentations Now Posted!!
The Science of Biosolids: Current Research and Implications for ManagementCo-sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Biosolids Association and University of Maryland-Baltimore County,Department of Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering
This program covered a broad range of topics -- stabilization, fate, nuisances, utilization, and nutrients. The presentations are available for download in the Documents Tab of About Biosolids.
POOP TRAIN: A Surprising NPR Podcast Supporting Biosolids Recycling
Treat yourself to Poop Train, a RadioLab broadcast that "gets it right" with "closing the circle" with biosolids recycling. Hear it or download it. Let us know what you think and how we can build on this.
MABA Membership: Join or Renew Now!
MABA is encouraging its member organizations to process their 2014 renewal invoices. If you are not a members, and are interested in joining, you can learn more about our recent activities and plans for 2014 with a recent membership flyer and a letter from our president. The next step is to download a Membership Information Form. Please be in touch with us a firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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