Workshop on new Biosolids Regulations to be held Sept. 9

September 3, 2013

A one-day seminar on Virginia’s new biosolids regulations will be held on Monday, Sept. 9 in conjunction with the annual Virginia Water Environment Association/American Water Works conference at the Richmond Convention Center.

The workshop was created for public officials, wastewater professionals and others seeking to understand the comprehensive biosolids regulations, now moving through a final stage before being finalized on Sept. 1.

The one-day conference registration fee is $75, which includes lunch, and can be made by accessing the Virginia Biosolids Council website (www.virginiabiosolids.com) or through the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) website (www.vaco.org). It can also be done through the conference website, found at www.vwea.org.  Registration can be made just for the biosolids workshop only.

The regulations are necessary because the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) assumed regulatory oversight from the Virginia Department of Health in 2007. The regulations were developed using a public participatory approach that received input from participants of a Technical Advisory Committee, or TAC. Participants included wastewater treatment professionals, agricultural interests, biosolids professionals and other state government representations.

The regulations provide Virginia with a comprehensive set of guidelines to protect the environment and public health, while providing predictable procedures and requirements for the management of biosolids.

Held at the Richmond Convention Center as part of the annual Water Jam, the conference on Biosolids Regulations will provide attendees with background on the development of the regulations, implementation and rollout information and specific information on the differences between the new comprehensive regulations and the previous regulations.

David Paylor, DEQ Director, will speak during lunch and provide information on the general non-point issues impacting Virginia.  The afternoon speakers will include representatives from local government, the biosolids community, public utilities and the research community.

The program will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Topic Tags: Biosolids

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