Regulations Corner

PFAS in Biosolids

The U.S. House of Representatives issued an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act regarding Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) that raises this topic to a CERCLA (also known as Superfund) listing. This listing initiates the process of identifying "responsible parties" formally that would be liable to help with cleanup. If passed, the question that lingers is whether wastewater agencies will be named as one of the responsible parties and if so, how they propose to rollout this cleanup effort given the practical implications this will have on the continued production of clean water and biosolids as well as the funding necessary for cleanup. Water, wastewater and biosolids associations are tracking this and asking that stakeholders reach out to your legislators to encourage them to bring forward some of the systemic and practical implications that are associated with this amendment. Visit the North East Biosolids & Residuals Association PFAS in Biosolids website for more PFAS information.

WA State Department of Ecology Biosolids Reports

The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) released their new online Biosolids Annual Report.  The deadline to submit your report is August 9. You can access this through Secure Access Washington. Contact Michelle Andrews with any questions.

British Columbia Releases Summary of Public Input

The British Columbia Ministry of Environment recently released a report that summarizes the public responses to its 2018 OMRR intentions paper. Access the summary of public responses and the 2018 Intentions Paper here.

2018 EPA ECHO Biosolids Reports Available Online

The U.S. EPA's 2018 biosolids annual reports are now available on the ECHO website. Facilities in the 42 states where EPA implements the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) federal biosolids program submitted biosolids annual reports electronically for the 3rd time in February 2019. You can contact Courtney Tuxbury with any questions on the biosolids data reported in ECHO.

Welcome New U.S. EPA Biosolids Staff

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently added  new staff to their national Biosolids Program. Please join us in welcoming: Reuben Baris, Alex Feitel and Tess Richman. They join Elizabeth Resek, Biosolids Lead, making a team of 4 full-time staff dedicated to biosolids. Visit the EPA Biosolids website for details on the national program.