Casanova, VA (8/24/18) - Virginia’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission performed a study reviewing research about the risks biosolids pose to the environment and human health and examined the state’s regulations. “The study concluded that state rules for biosolids generally protect human health and water quality.” The study does acknowledge some risks involved with biosolids and recommends that the Virginia Department of Health research the effect on people in close proximity to farms receiving biosolids and to test biosolids to determine their levels of pathogens. This article shares views from the community members in Casanova - a farmer using biosolids, spreader land applying the solids and neighbors unhappy with the practice.
National (3/9/18) - Biosolids data collected throughout 2017 will be publicly available through the USEPA Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) website around the end of March. You can review your data there to ensure its accuracy and contact Courtney Tuxbury at email@example.com to seek corrections.
The Biosolids Land Application and Food Crop Quality Assurance Scheme is a document supported by several regional biosolids associations (including the Mid-Atlantic Biosolids Association) with the help of Dr. Jorge Tarchirzky and Dr. Yossi Inbard from Israeli composting plants “Compost Or” and “Compost Shluhot”. It explores several topics: 1) what is biosolids and their composition, 2) outlets for disposal and beneficial use, and 3) the benefits and risks associated with land application in comparison to other exposure sources. The piece also explores preventative measures to mitigate risks of biosolids. It reviews conclusions of current risk assessment studies, and it explores the potential of quality assurance schemes to achieve confidence in beneficial biosolids reuse. This document draws from international research projects and is insightful and thorough in its exploration or biosolids. An entertaining read for anyone interested in the use of biosolids.