Washington State Chemical Action Plan
The Washington State Department of Ecology has a organized a cross program team to update the Washington State Chemical Action Plan (CAP). You can review the latest Biosolids chapter here.
The Biosolids chapter includes background on biosolids regulations, risk assessment, quality, literature review findings, factors influencing PFAS and recommendations. A webinar will be presented in March to review the chapter updates that will be followed by a 60-day public comment period. Sign-up for the CAP listserve at the website above.
Proposed Biosolids Project in Yelm, WA
A public meeting was held in late January for a biosolids application project in Yelm, WA. A community group is speaking out against the project, siting both the recent Office of Inspector General audit of the US EPA Biosolids Program and the BioSludged video that were both released late 2018. View the community page at preservethecommons.org.
PFAS in Biosolids & Residuals
The North East Biosolids & Residuals Association (NEBRA) released a PFAS in Biosolids & Residuals website dedicated to clarifying information about PFAS - the origin of PFAS chemicals, common uses, and distribution through the ecosystem. The main objective of the website is to offer perspective on the life cycle of these chemicals and information that demonstrates how biosolids (and wastewater) are not sources of PFAS in the environment.
Global G.A.P. Review of Biosolids Prohibition
The Global G.A.P. (Good Agricultural Practices) Technical Crops Committee met recently. As part of their agenda, the committee reviewed information provided by the biosolids community regarding their questions and concerns around removing the prohibition of biosolids in this proposal. This recent meeting followed the one held in Germany in September where Greg Kester (California Assoc. of Sanitation Agencies) and Hubert Brunet (SEDE - Veolia) presented on behalf of the biosolids work groups from the European Union (EU) and United States. The committee thanked the work groups for their coordination of the initiative however decided to not modify the current prohibition of use of biosolids on fruit and vegetables but want to explore the use of biosolids on flowers, ornamentals and combinable crops. We will continue to track these efforts and keep you posted as updates are available.