On August 9, 2013, the Atlantic County Utilities Authority
(ACUA) received Gold-Level Recognition from the National Biosolids Partnership
(NBP). This recognition comes after a rigorous third-party audit and identifies
the ACUA Biosolids Management Program as one that demonstrates continuous
improvement in the areas of environmental performance, regulatory compliance,
quality management practices, and relations with interested parties. The NBP is
operated by the Water Environment Federation (WEF), in collaboration with the
National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), with additional support
from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Members include local and
regional biosolids management organizations across the U.S. and Canada. Biosolids
are defined as the solid or semisolid material obtained from treated wastewater.
The NBP serves in an advisory role in effective biosolids practices and focuses
on an Environmental Management System (EMS) which requires participants to implement
a quality management program. The NBP Biosolids Management Program (BMP) is also
based on internationally recognized standards for an Environmental Management
System/International Organization for Standardization (ISO 14001). There are
currently forty organizations, processing 12% of the total biosolids generated
in the U.S., participating in this management program.
“The ACUA has utilized the NBP program as a means to
carefully examine our current management practices for biosolids. The NBP
program has also been helpful in guiding plans for environmentally sound
improvements that will meet and exceed regulatory requirements and protect
public health,” said ACUA President Rick Dovey. “The BMP process ensures that
ACUA’s biosolids management practices and processes are carefully reviewed and
new opportunities to improve can be investigated,” Dovey noted.
ACUA is honored to receive Gold-Level Recognition from the
National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) and intends to meet criteria for obtaining
Platinum recognition in the future. For more information on the ACUA’s
biosolids management program please visit: /content.aspx?id=3930
or visit the National Biosolids Partnership website at: http://www.wef.org/biosolids/.