WEF Biosolids National Convening
By Greg Kester, California Assoc. of Sanitation Agencies
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) hosted a biosolids convening in Alexandria, Virginia on November 20th and 21st last year. Roughly 50 biosolids professionals attended the event. Lynne Moss (Black and Veatch) and I co-chaired it and it was facilitated by Rob Greenwood and Darcy Peth (Ross and Associates). The purpose of the meeting was to identify challenges and opportunities for the sustainable use of biosolids moving forward and to articulate actions necessary to ensure it. Rob and Darcy conducted roughly 10 interviews with experts in advance of the convening and stakeholder meetings were held across the US. That dialogue informed the attached background document. The attached synthesis provides an overview of the meeting and the recommended action plan. WEF President Jackie Jarrell (Charlotte Water) was a true advocate and supporter of the convening and offers an introductory message and a call to action. Many thanks to all who were able to attend and/or who provided input on the issue. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. Go to 'WEF Convening' to access the Biosolids Convening documents here.
Update: U.S. EPA has announced approval to hold the first national biosolids regulator workshop later this year for the first time since 2009. This is an invaluable meeting to ensure regulator education and consistency in rule implementation.
EPA Releases PFAS Action Plan Update
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a program update on the PFAS Action Plan noting guidance was released for regulating PFOA and PFOS in drinking water as well as a proposal to ensure new uses of certain persistent long-chain PFAs chemicals in surface coatings cannot be manufactured or imported into the United States without notification and review. You can review highlights from the past year here.