Biosolids Court Uphold Biosolids Application
In December 2016, there were two significant court cases supporting beneficial use of biosolids.
- Kern County, California: On December 5, the Tulare County Superior Court Judge ruled in favor of biosolids management. Greg Kester of the California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA), said “The decision is well written. The Judge really understood and articulated well the issues. He recognized that if Kern were to prevail, it could have a snowball effect in other counties.” To read more details on this court ruling and link to the Judge’s decision, visit the North East Biosolids & Residuals recap of this landmark decision.
- Virginia: On December 14, the Richmond Circuit Court upheld the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Biosolids Regulations against the Potomat/Shenandoa Riverkeeper’s challenge that biosolids was linked to illness and noted that, “as long as biosolids are applied in conformance with all state and federal law and regulations, there is no scientific evidence of any toxic effect to soil organisms, plants grown in treated soils, or to humans (via acute effects or bio-accumulation pathways) from inorganic trace elements (including heavy metals) found at the current concentrations in biosolids.” You can view the Court’s Order here.
U.S. EPA Launches Electronic Reporting for Biosolids
On February 21, 2017, all biosolids generators located in the 42 states where EPA implements the biosolids program, will be required to submit their annual reports electronically to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Over the past year, EPA and biosolids representatives have worked to design this new electronic reporting system. Generators should receive a postcard by mail that includes the NPDES ID you will use to report your Part 503 report. If you did not receive one, you can request this to NPDESeReporting@epa.gov. EPA has offered a series of webinars to review the process to gain access to the electronic reporting system with an additional one being offered February 8 from 11:00am – 1:00pm PST. Visit their website to register.