NEBRA Reports, Slide Presentations, & Documents

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Emerging Contaminants (example: PFAS) & Current Practices to Address Them, slide presentation to the JETCC North Country Convention, April 25, 2019

PFAS & Biosolids, presentation to CPWQA, April 3, 2019

Biosolids & Compost Groups’ Letter to U. S. EPA Inspector General - Nov. 29, 2018

Memo to Cambridge City Council Health and Environmental Committee - Oct. 29, 2018

Congratulations for choosing sustainability. A fact sheet for the Cambridge City Council, Oct. 9, 2018
(download for active links)

Water Quality Groups, NH Municipal Association, & NH Farm Bureau Comments to USEPA re PFAS, June 25, 2018

NEBRA PFAS & Biosolids Summary - a slide presented at the NH BIA Air & Water Regulatory Conf, May 31, 2018

NEBRA Letter to NH Gov. Chris Sununu re supporting biomass electricity plants - May 24, 2018

NEBRA Letter to NY Assemblyman Santabarbara re importance of biosolids recycling - May 4, 2018

PFAS & Recycling: Putting Them In Perspective (v.2.3, March 22, 2018) - a 2-page fact sheet

Biosolids groups' letter to U. S. EPA requesting participation on PFAS - April 20, 2018

Water Quality & Municipal Groups' Testimony re SB 240 - NH Legislature - April 16, 2018

Regulatory Challenges for Recycling Phosphorus in Organic Residuals - NEBRA presentation to Sustainable P Alliance forum 2018, February 27, 2018

NEBRA Testimony - ME Legislature re Dept. of Environmental Protection Chapter 418 - Feb. 14, 2018

NEBRA Testimony - NH House Hearing re House Bills 1590, 1618, & 1799-FN - Jan. 11, 2018


Presentations to VT Solid Waste Districts Meeting - November 16, 2017
     Beecher: Managing Wastewater Solids & Recycling to Soils
     Twohig: VT DEC Residuals Management Update

Presentations to the NW Biosolids BioFest - October 15, 2017
     Beecher: Proactive Positions on Mo & PFAS
     Beecher: Righting Regulations: Phosphorus

Webinar: Analyzing PFAS in Wastewater, Solids, & Soils - September 14, 2017
     Recording of Webinar
     Slides (PDF, ~16 MB download)
     Questions & comments with presenter responses (9/21/17)

Presentations - NEBRA/NHWPCA Biosolids Nutrient Management Training, Franklin, NH, March 15, 2017:
     Beecher:  Biosolids Introduction
     Carpenter: Soil Fertility, Nutrient Management, & Types of Biosolids
     Majewski: Nutrient Management
     Carpenter: Land Reclamation & Topsoil Manufacturing
     Beecher: Risks, Regulations, Mitigation, & Innovative Uses
     Carpenter: Land Application Math & Operations

Managing Phosphorus in Organic Residuals Applied to Soils - NEBRA & Other Presentations - November 2, 2016 - UMass Extension Symposium, Marlborough, MA

Relationship Between Industrial Pretreatment & Biosolids, slides presented at the 18th Annual New England Pretreatment Coordinators Workshop, October 26, 2016.

Regulatory Restrictions on Phosphorus: Market Impacts for Recycled Organics, slides presented at the BioCycle REFOR16, October 19, 2016.

You Have to Take My Sludge! An article about the spring 2016 solids market capacity crunch in New England, NEWEA Journal, 50:3, Fall 2016.

State Phosphorus Fertilizer Restrictions Impact Biosolids Recycling, slides presented at WEF Residuals & Biosolids Conference, April 4, 2016.

Mass. Dept. of Agricultural Resources Nutrient Regulations: Impacts on Organics, slides presented at MassRecycle's R3 Conference, March 29, 2016.

Biosolids and Soil: Remarkable Media for Managing Trace Organic Chemicals of Potential Concern, slides from a webinar presented by Ned Beecher for the NEWEA Microconstituents Committee, March 24, 2016.

An Update on Biosolids Trends, Successes, & Challenges Across North America - a NEBRA presentation to the Wisconsin 34th Annual Spring Biosolids Symposium, March 22, 2016

Co- Composting & -Digestion of Organics - recording of a NERC/NEBRA webinar, Dec. 3, 2015 (1 hour, 17 mins.)

Biosolids and Soil: Remarkable Media for Managing Trace Organic Chemicals of Potential Concern
Presented by Ned Beecher, NEBRA, to the NACSETAC Annual Meeting, June 11, 2015

Biosolids in 2015: Quality, Issues, Regulations, Research, and What's Ahead
A NEBRA presentation at the NEWEA Spring Meeting. Presented by Deb Mahoney, Hazen and Sawyer.
June 9, 2015

Biosolids: A Community Resource
Why Recycle?  •  Trends•  Opportunities for VT

A NEBRA presentation to the Vermont Lake Champlain Citizens Advisory Committee
April 13, 2015

Biosolids:  The Other Recyclable Food "Waste"
Markets, Trends, Drivers, & What the Future Holds
A NEBRA presentation to the Northeast Recycling Council, October 7, 2014.

USA Biosolids Regulations and Practice....
Presentation to the ISO / TC 275 Workshop
September 8, 2014-  Burlington, ONCanada

NEBRA Comments on Massachusetts Proposed Fertilizer Regulations
In spring 2014, Massachusetts Dept. of Agricultural Resources proposed fertilizer regulations that would restrict the recycling of biosolids and other organics - even as the state is requiring the diversion of more organics from landfills.  NEBRA, Mass Farm Bureau, and others are calling on MADAR to work with Mass DEP, UMass Extension, and other stakeholders on a new, science-based set of rules.

Maine's Senators Draw Attention to New LAWPCA AD & CHP
Senators Susan Collins and Angus King sent a letter to the heads of U. S. EPA, USDA, and U. S. DOE urging them to take notice of the many benefits of anaerobic digestion (AD) and combined heat and power (CHP) achieved by the Lewiston-Auburn Water Pollution Control Authority (LAWPCA) and urging federal funding for more such projects.

It's Time For Vermont to Advance Biosolids Recycling
an article by NEBRA on page 5 of the Winter 2013 Green Mountain Water Environment Association Newsletter.

LAWPCA Anaerobic Digestion & Energy Generation Workshop & Open House - presentations at NEBRA/JETCC workshop, Lewiston-Auburn Water Pollution Control Authority, Lewiston, ME, September 10, 2013.

The Art of Composting - presentations at Tin Mountain Conservation Ctr., Albany, NH, May 23, 2013.

Managing Your Biosolids Program Beyond Regulatory Compliance - presentation to the Biosolids 101 Workshop, WEF Residuals & Biosolids Conference, May 4, 2013 (3.4 MB low-resolution PDF).  Includes live-link references to key informational documents & websites.

Information Update: Options for Biosolids Use or Disposal in New England & Eastern Canada, April 2011.  Summarizes pros and cons of various biosolids beneficial use & disposal options.

Anaerobic Digestion & Biogas Use Information from MA "Digester Day" and the NEBRA/JETCC LAWPCA Workshop.

Municipal Biosolids Risks: 25 Years of Research & Practice presented at the MPWWA Annual Seminar, Charlottetown, PE, April 24, 2012

The Vision for NH Wastewater Treatment Facilities: Full Resource Recovery presented at the NH Water & Watershed Conference, Plymouth State University, March 23, 2012

Biosolids Composting in the U. S. in 2010 (NEWEA Annual Conference, Jan 2011)

NEBRA responses to allegations of harm from biosolids are included in the "Allegations" page, including reviews of the films "Sludge Diet" and "Crapshoot."

How Biosolids are Generated and Used in New England & eastern Canada, a slide presentation in PDF format (2005)

Official Usage of the Term "Biosolids" - see "Terminology".

Saving Soil: Biosolids Recycling in New England (2001) describes the sewage sludge management practices in the six New England states. Includes information on the quality of the region's land applied biosolids. While some of the quantity data and other details are now outdated, this report still provides an accurate general picture.