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Full-Scale Class A Biosolids Production by Two-Stage Continuous-Batch Thermophilic Anaerobic Digestion at the Hyperion Treatment Plant, Los Angeles, California

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The City of Los Angeles Hyperion Treatment Plant (HTP) (California) converted its anaerobic digesters to thermophilic operation to produce Class A biosolids. Phase IV tests demonstrated compliance of a two-stage, continuous-batch process with Alternative 1 of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 40 CFR Part 503 (U.S. EPA, 1993), which defines the time–temperature requirement for batch treatment (T ≥ 56.3°C at 16-h holding). Fecal coliforms, Salmonella sp., viable helminth ova, and enteric viruses were not detected in biosolids in the postdigestion train, including the truck-loading facility and the farm for land application as the last points of plant control where compliance is to be demonstrated. The same results were achieved during Phase V tests, after lowering the second-stage holding temperature to 52.6°C to reduce the elevated methyl mercaptan production that was observed during Phase IV. Hence, the Phase V process complied with Alternative 3 of 40 CFR Part 503. Currently, HTP operates its digesters under the same conditions as tested in Phase V. In 2003, monthly monitoring of the biosolids at the truck-loading facility and the farm for land application demonstrated consistent compliance with Alternative 3.

Keywords: 40 CFR Part 503; Alternatives 1 and 3; Class A biosolids; disinfection; postdigestion; thermophilic anaerobic digestion

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2006-11-01

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