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1 Rebecca West Western Carolina Regional Sewer Authority Greenville, South Carolina Rebecca West Western Carolina Regional Sewer Authority Greenville, South Carolina National Biosolids Partnership EMS Program

2 Overview History of the need for Biosolids EMS Status of EMS for Biosolids Future Outlook for EMS History of the need for Biosolids EMS Status of EMS for Biosolids Future Outlook for EMS

3 More Overview Now there was the need to interact with neighbors and the public Public perception became the number one priority

4 History

5 Storm clouds on biosolids public acceptance were starting to gather in the late 1980’s – Ocean Dispersal no long allowed Public Environmental Awareness

6 History con’t Sludge “Disposal” was no longer an “arrow” to no where Wastewater Industry caught by surprise Industry had been recycling solids for years

7 More History Need for better performance-more than regulatory minimum Public agency staff didn’t have credibility Producers of a product, Perceived of as trying to get rid of Biosolids the cheapest way possible

8 National Challenge Many Controversies around the United States

9 National Biosolids Partnership Goal: Advance Environmentally Sound and Accepted Biosolids Management Practices-Gain Public Acceptance Non-Profit Alliance Formed in 1997 Goal: Advance Environmentally Sound and Accepted Biosolids Management Practices-Gain Public Acceptance Non-Profit Alliance Formed in 1997

10 Environmental Management System (EMS) Major NBP Objective Wastewater Professionals asked to “Raise the Bar” Regulations are Baseline—EMS is Commitment to go Beyond Includes Pretreatment, Treatment and Use/Disposal Major NBP Objective Wastewater Professionals asked to “Raise the Bar” Regulations are Baseline—EMS is Commitment to go Beyond Includes Pretreatment, Treatment and Use/Disposal

11 NBP Strategy NBP believes the EMS with its third party verification will help us gain public trust. We also have a new communications program that has been developed at the national level-the first step is our new NBP Web Site (www.biosolids.org)

12 EMS Blueprint- Five Components Code of Good Practice EMS Elements Guidance Document National Manual of Good Practice Independent,Third-Party Verification Program Code of Good Practice EMS Elements Guidance Document National Manual of Good Practice Independent,Third-Party Verification Program

13 EMS Blueprint- Code of Good Practice Commitment to EMS Commitment to Third Party Audit Commitment to Good Practices Commitment to Communications Commitment to EMS Commitment to Third Party Audit Commitment to Good Practices Commitment to Communications

14 EMS Blueprint- EMS Common Elements 17 Elements Required for an EMS Identifies critical control points in the biosolids value train Major emphasis on public participation and communications 17 Elements Required for an EMS Identifies critical control points in the biosolids value train Major emphasis on public participation and communications

15 EMS Blueprint- EMS Guidance Manual A how to manual, self implementing Meet the requirements of the Common Elements Prepare for the Audit A how to manual, self implementing Meet the requirements of the Common Elements Prepare for the Audit

16 EMS Blueprint- National Manual of Good Practice Compendium of all the manuals in the country Identifies best management practices at critical control point Participant chooses best practices Compendium of all the manuals in the country Identifies best management practices at critical control point Participant chooses best practices

17 EMS Blueprint- Third Party Program Audit-use an existing organization Audit reports readily available to the public More detailed work needs to be done in preparation for launching audit program 2002 Audit-use an existing organization Audit reports readily available to the public More detailed work needs to be done in preparation for launching audit program 2002

18 Demonstration Program Test and refine Blueprint with 27 Demonstration Projects

19 Demonstration Projects

20 Southeast Charter Demonstration Projects Montgomery, Alabama Columbus, Georgia Greenville, South Carolina

21 Looking to the Future-2002 January 2002-Third Party Certification Program in placeJanuary 2002-Third Party Certification Program in place 27 Demonstration Projects have established EMS and have initiated operations consistent with EMS27 Demonstration Projects have established EMS and have initiated operations consistent with EMS 13 Additional smaller organizations included in the Demo Program13 Additional smaller organizations included in the Demo Program January 2002-Third Party Certification Program in placeJanuary 2002-Third Party Certification Program in place 27 Demonstration Projects have established EMS and have initiated operations consistent with EMS27 Demonstration Projects have established EMS and have initiated operations consistent with EMS 13 Additional smaller organizations included in the Demo Program13 Additional smaller organizations included in the Demo Program

22 Looking to the Future-2003 Year wastewater organizations in the Code of Good Practice ClubYear wastewater organizations in the Code of Good Practice Club 40 Demonstration organizations completed the certification process40 Demonstration organizations completed the certification process 60 New Organizations preparing EMS60 New Organizations preparing EMS Year wastewater organizations in the Code of Good Practice ClubYear wastewater organizations in the Code of Good Practice Club 40 Demonstration organizations completed the certification process40 Demonstration organizations completed the certification process 60 New Organizations preparing EMS60 New Organizations preparing EMS

23 Conclusions EMS Program has moved from Planning to the implementation phase Learn from Demonstration Program Continue to refine Blueprint to be sure it is practical and cost effective

24 Conclusions NBP ready to assist Biosolids organizations prepare a Biosolids EMS Looking for more organizations to participate in the Demonstration Program

25 National Biosolids Partnership Peter Machno Ph.D EMS Program Manager Telephone National Biosolids Partnership Peter Machno Ph.D EMS Program Manager Telephone


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