The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) has been awarded Silver-Level Recognition from the National Biosolids Partnership (NBP). The NBP is operated by the Water Environment Federation (WEF), in collaboration with the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and local and regional biosolids management organizations across the U.S. and Canada with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The NBP serves as the information clearinghouse on effective biosolids (the solid or semisolid material obtained from treated wastewater) practices and offers an Environmental Management System (EMS) based program that requires participating organizations to go beyond regulatory requirements.
“The ACUA is participating in the NBP program to take a careful look at existing management practices for biosolids with an eye on environmentally sound improvements that will meet and exceed regulatory requirements and protect public health,” said ACUA President Rick Dovey. “The BMP process will ensure that ACUA’s biosolids management practices and processes are carefully reviewed and those new opportunities for improvement are identified and investigated,” Dovey noted.
The NBP Biosolids Management Program (BMP) is based on internationally recognized standards for an Environmental Management System/International Organization of Standardization (ISO 14001). With guidance from biosolids professionals, experts, and leading biosolids management organizations, the NBP has created a management program tailored to the priorities and needs of the wastewater profession. It serves as a model for continuous improvement in the areas of environmental performance, regulatory compliance, quality management practices, and relations with interested parties and other stakeholders.
For more information on the ACUA’s biosolids management system please visit: /content.aspx?id=3930, or visit the National Biosolids Partnership website at: http://www.wef.org/biosolids/