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PLANNING EBMUD'S BIOSOLIDS MANAGEMENT IN CALIFORNIA'S CHANGING REGULATORY CLIMATE

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Abstract:

East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) undertook a biosolids master planning effort to address the need for a comprehensive biosolids management plan that would address issues of cost, liability, flexibility and reliability. EBMUD's cost-effective land application program faces possible future political and regulatory challenges, and available alternatives require large capital expenditures and significant lead time. The goal of the master planning effort was to develop specific, executable management strategies for a 10-year horizon, in the context of changing costs and regulations. This paper discusses the evaluation of available biosolids processing technologies, including quantitative criteria such as footprint and cost as well as qualitative criteria such as public acceptance and agency liability.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2175/193864702785302410

Publication date: 2002-01-01

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