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The City of Raleigh is participating in an Environmental Management System (EMS) for Biosolids, sponsored by the National Biosolids Partnership (NBP), which is comprised of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Water Environment Federation (WEF), and Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies (AMSA).

The City's Biosolids EMS uses an environmental management system framework similar to the International Standards Organization (ISO) 14001 EMS Standard. It is comprised of 17 EMS Elements that have been adapted to meet the needs of organizations managing biosolids. As with the ISO 14001 EMS, the EMS Elements are based on the Deming Quality Management Cycle for continual improvement, a management process used by manufacturing and service

organizations to improve the quality of their products and services and to manage environmental compliance.

The City of Raleigh began developing its Biosolids EMS in late 2003, starting with endorsement of the program by the City Manager and City Council. The City selected an EMS team that began the program implementation by developing the following policy statement:

“The City of Raleigh's Biosolids Environmental Management System (EMS) for the Neuse River Wastewater Treatment Plant (NRWWTP) will provide the best biosolids management program for its customers, while protecting the environment and maintaining public health at a fair and reasonable cost. In order to do this, the City of Raleigh will uphold the principles of conduct specified in the National Biosolids Partnership's Code of Good Practice.”

The NBP's Code of Good Practice requires specific components be in the EMS program, such as compliance with applicable laws and regulations, establishment of procedures and standards, cooperation with the public, and development of an EMS Manual that provides a framework for the program. The City expects its Biosolids EMS to be a 20- to 24-month effort to develop. This paper summarizes the City's experience and progress with the Biosolids EMS program at about the 70% completion point in its development.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2005-01-01

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