Oregon Proposed Biosolids Ordinance

The Klamath County Board of Commissioners have proposed a biosolids ordinance that would ‘impose more stringent requirements on the use or disposal of reclaimed water and biosolids in order to protect public health and the environment.’ Background detail goes on to state that It is the Board of County Commissioners’ intent to be able to regulate the agricultural land application of reclaimed water and biosolids in the unincorporated territory of Klamath County.’ This proposed ordinance exempts exceptional quality reclaimed water or biosolids. The Oregon Association of Clean Water Agencies (ORACWA) and Northwest Biosolids are meeting to discuss next steps. See the proposed ordinance here: http://www.klamathcounty.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/12715?fileID=9240

Comments are available here and here.

WA State Biosolids Annual Reports Deadline
Washington State biosolids annual reports are due March 1.  

  • If you have questions about how to complete the report, or if need to make changes to your report, contact: Emily Kijowski @ 360-789-6592 or emily.kijowski@ecy.wa.gov
  • If you need help accessing the 2020 annual biosolids report or need to make changes to your contact information, contact: Michelle Andrews @ 360-407-6113 or michelle.andrews@ecy.wa.gov

Assessing and Managing SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health Risk to Workers Handling Residuals and Biosolids
A host of authors within the residuals and biosolids sector, participated in this research that presents an overview of the current state of knowledge surrounding the risk of SARS-CoV-2 as it relates occupational health risk to workers. This publication is now available for download here:

EPA National Meeting Reports
The Environmental Protection Agency has released reports for both the National Biosolids Meeting and the PFOA/PFOS Problem Formulation. You can find these two reports on the EPA biosolids website under “What’s New” banner: https://www.epa.gov/biosolids 

EPA Biosolids Annual Reports
The Environmental Protection Agency have received 99% of all electronic reports from the 42 states where EPA administers the Federal biosolids program (40 CFR part 503). See  https://echo.epa.gov/facilities/facility-search?mediaSelected=bioAnnual to access the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO Database) and here https://www.epa.gov/npdes/npdes-state-program-authority for more info. on state program authority. Electronic reporting will be deployed for three authorized states (SD, TX, UT) and will use the EPA’s electronic reporting tool (NeT-Biosolids). The remaining states (AZ, MI, OH, OK, WI) have elected to build their own electronic reporting tools that will be finalized by December 2025.