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EPA Biosolids Screening Tool
EPA's Biosolids Program is working on finalizing the Biosolids Screening Tool (formerly referred to as the BCRAM screening tool). It has been scientifically peer reviewed and still needs to go through public review. Once completed and publicly reviewed, risk screening can begin (anticipated 2020). Based on the three EPA national sewage sludge surveys and the biennial review process, over 350 pollutants have been found in biosolids and need to be screened provided there are sufficient data. 

EPA Biosolids Program Audit

The resolution process continues between the Office of Water and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and there has been no resolution on 4 of the 13 recommendations and corresponding corrective actions made in the final report. Biosolids regional associations have been discussing possible options to assist in a developing a science-based response to the report. Stay tuned for developments on this.

Thanks to California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA) for sharing this update following their meeting with the EPA.