FDA Tests Confirm Suspicions about PFAS Chemicals in Food

(6/3/19) - “A recent investigation by the Food and Drug Administration found toxic per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in food, including meat, seafood and dairy products; sweet potatoes; pineapples; leafy greens, and chocolate cake with icing.” PFAS can migrate into food through packaging used as well as water that irrigates crops or soil where crops are grown.
Chemicals that Tainted Bucks, Montco Drinking Water Found in Lettuce, Beef, Even Chocolate Cake

Source: https://www.ewg.org/news-and-analysis/2019...

Loudoun to Assemble Sewage Fertilizer Team for Public Outreach

Loudoun, VA (12/13/18) - The Loudoun Board of Supervisors’ finance committee has recommended the creation of a special team to make sure Loudouners know when the state receives an application to spread biosolids and to make sure the state considers the special circumstances of each property when considering permits.

Source: https://loudounnow.com/2018/12/13/loudoun-...

Proposed Sewage Sludge Treatment Plant Reps Call for Vote in Slate Belt

Slate Belt, PA (12/13/18) - Synagro is planning to submit its final response in writing by Jan. 1 for preliminary land development and subdivision approval for the Slate Belt Heat Recovery Center. The response will include reports, studies, commission meeting transcripts, and responses to the township engineers' and zoning officer's review letters. Synagro´s lawyer expects a decision would be presented Feb. 13 to the Township Board of Supervisors, which would vote whether to grant approval.
Poll: Should Plainfield Twp. Planners Approve a Proposed Sludge-Processing Plant

Source: https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/slate-bel...

Report: EPA Unable to Assess the Impact of Hundreds of Unregulated Pollutants in Land-Applied Biosolids on Human Health and the Environment

EPA, National (11/15/18) - The report from the EPA's Office of Inspector General's review on the EPA’s Biosolids Program has been released. “The EPA identified 352 pollutants in biosolids but cannot yet consider these pollutants for further regulation due to either a lack of data or risk assessment tools. Pollutants found in biosolids can include pharmaceuticals, steroids and flame retardants.” There is a podcast that accompanies the report on the page linked in the title.
EPA Lacks Data for More Than 300 Pollutants in Treated Waste; La Crosse Spreads 12 Million Gallons a Year on Fields
EPA Watchdog Questions Safety of Sewage Used as Fertilizer
LETTER: Canada lags behind on rules for biosolids

Source: https://www.epa.gov/office-inspector-gener...

EPA Electronic Reporting Training for Biosolids Generators

EPA, National (11/26/18) - This information comes from our West Coast colleague at Orange County. At our MABA meeting, we learned that the EPA has seen many mistakes with public agency electronic submissions of Part 503 Annual Reports. What is more, the system is still under development. The EPA has organized trainings to assist biosolid users to electronically report their annual Biosolids data. The 2018 Biosolids Electronic Annual Program Report Training will provide participants with an overview of Biosolids Annual Report and background information to the eRule and how it affected the development of the Electronic Biosolids Form.  The training will explain access request process as well as provide a demo of how to complete the Electronic Biosolids Form.

Two things:

  1. EPA database training is coming up for their new online form (updated 2018). See dates below. I haven’t seen anyone communicating this info, but I may have missed it, so I just wanted to make you aware.

  2. Training sessions are important, especially this year because EPA has added an additional reporting requirement for POTWs to put in third-party handling data:

This is my biggest concern with the new EPA report form. We pulled some text from the new Biosolids User’s Guide and pasted it below. I read it to mean a BIG change from previous electronic reporting year’s where POTWs entered ONLY our own biosolids analytical data, and now they want us to enter the land app / composter’s data also! We have mentioned this to Lauren Fondahl when I noticed this new section in the EPA beta test form. We were hoping it would become optional, but it doesn’t seem optional based on the info below. This will add a LOT of work to completing the forms, no mind the duplicative work since many POTWs will be entering the Same data plus the composters are also entering their data.

Facilities that use a third-party handler, preparer, or applier will need to obtain the reporting data to successfully complete the Annual Biosolids report. For example, if a POTW selects “Land Application / Agricultural Land Application / Bulk / Third-Party” it will be required to enter data for the compliance monitoring events. The POTW may need to contact the third-party handler, preparer, or applier to complete the report.

It is important to note that you should select “Off-Site Third-Party Handler or Applier” or “Off-Site Third-Party Preparer” in scenarios where you generate sewage sludge, but another separate entity provides a service to handle or prepare your sewage sludge. This is often done by commercial enterprises offering services for sewage sludge handling and preparing (e.g., composting) and/or management (e.g., land application, surface disposal, incineration, or other management practice such as disposal in municipal solid waste landfill). A key distinction used in the form is that the third-party handler or preparer is an entity that takes full possession of the sewage sludge from the POTW and makes decisions independent of the POTW regarding the handling, preparing, and ultimate management of the sewage sludge received from the POTW.

MABA’s Annual Meeting and Symposium November 14, 2018

Edison, NJ (11/14/18) – More than 50 wastewater and biosolids practitioners from the Mid-Atlantic will convene in Edison, NJ for MABA’s Annual Meeting and Symposium. It will be an intentional discussion of regional solutions to biosolids challenges for growing new facilities. We welcome a diverse range of speakers presenting on, public outreach challenges, successful treatment approaches and regulatory issues with a panel discussion featuring state regulators.

We share with you, MABA’s Executive Director, Bill Toffey’s, opening presentation “Framing the Regional Issues: Bringing Global Perspectives to Local Challenges”.

An update will be sent out when all of the presentations from this year’s Annual Meeting and Symposium become available on the MABA Members site.

Permits Requested for Slate Belt Sewage Processing Plant

Plainfield, PA (8/18/18) - Synagro has completed all the necessary permit applications with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. This was a necessary step to continue Plainfield Township’s planning development process for the proposed Slate Belt Heat Recovery Center.

Source: https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/slate-bel...


Everybody knows 55 C x 5 x 3.  A compost pile has to reach 55º for 5 turns with a total of 3 days at temperature between turns.  Those are the requirements to reach pathogen kill to make sure that the compost is Class A and is safe for general use. In our world that is pretty much the ‘apple a day’ equivalent.    Recently Tania Gheseger from Metro Vancouver asked me for papers that show that that same 55 x 5 x 3 kills weed seeds too.  My first reaction was to tell her that ‘everybody knows that’, thinking that it was part of the general wisdom rather than a conclusion from peer reviewed studies.

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Bio-Energy Project to Save More Than $3M for Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission

Laurel, MD (5/18/18) - Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Commissioners approved the first phase of a $250 million project to build and design the Piscataway Bio-Energy Project at the Piscataway Water Resource Recovery Facility. The first phase is to allow WSSC to begin design and early construction of the facility. “The new facility will reduce the amount of biosolids left over from the treatment process and the remaining solids will be a Class A material.

Source: https://www.waterworld.com/articles/2018/0...

The Public Startup Charting Bold New Waters

Washington, D.C. (3/26/18) - Blue Drop LLC, a nonprofit consulting enterprise, launched in late 2016 with a nearly $3 million investment in cash and resources from DC Water. The start-up separates itself from other consulting companies because it is an extension of DC Water and therefore can pull from the experience and expertise that has helped make DC Water a success.

Source: http://www.governing.com/topics/transporta...

From Waste to Garden Riches

Washington, D.C. (9/15/17) -- Dr. Francis Gouin carries an impressive resume, having dedicated 20 years to compost research. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland, founder of the Master Gardener program in Maryland and writes columns on gardening for The Bay Weekly, Annapolis Horticultural Society and other nursery and landscape publications. Dr. Gouin is now speaking up to share his excitement about DC Water’s Bloom. He blends bloom with other soil amendments and is testing the mix with broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, onions, peppers and spinach. So far, tests have shown Bloom providing outstanding results for plant growth and health.

Source: http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/bay-gard...

The Business Turning Sewage Sludge into Fuel

The Business Turning Sewage Sludge into Fuel
Paris, France (5/11/17) -- Cryo Pur, a French company has been looking to turn biogas into liquefied natural gas (LNG), or bio-LNG. This piece gives some explanation of their three step process taking biogas from anaerobically digested organic waste and producing a liquid fuel.

Source: http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/11/the-busines...