United States
         Environmental Protection
Office of Water
EPA 832-B 94 009
January 1994
&EPA   Nomination Guidance
         1994 Beneficial Use of
         Biosolids Awards Program:

         For Operating Projects,
         Technology Development &

                      INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to
announce the 1994 Beneficial Use of Biosolids Awards Program.  This
program recognizes outstanding operating projects, research studies, and
technological advances which promote the beneficial use of municipal
biosolids.  EPA Regional Offices and the Water Environment Federation (WEF)
will join our National Headquarters Office in helping to implement this
program.  The program involves both National and Regional awards.

EPA actively promotes the beneficial use of sewage sludge biosolids.
Creative and widely applicable techniques for the beneficial use of biosolids
are vital to our efforts to protect and better utilize our resources.  Many
municipalities, businesses, individuals, and groups have worked for years to
make significant contributions to the study and practice of safer, beneficial
use of municipal sewage sludge biosolids.  These awards help demonstrate
the operational viability of biosolids management practices  which beneficially
use biosolids in a manner which is environmentally safe, economically
attractive, and acceptable to the public.  Winning entries will receive formal
awards and, along with other worthy nominations, will be publicly recognized
in various EPA, WEF, trade, and municipal publications.  The WEF is also
planning a special workshop  that would highlight presentations on excellence
in biosolids management and feature this year's  winners.  We encourage you
to nominate worthy candidates deserving of recognition.

The National awards will be made in October 1994 at the National WEF
Conference in Chicago, IL. This pamphlet describes the awards program  in
detail and gives guidance for preparing and submitting nominations.  Please
note that you need to send your nominations  to EPA's Regional Offices by
their deadlines so that these  outstanding efforts  can be considered for both
Regional and National  competitions.
                       Michael J.
                       Director, Municipal Support Division
                       Office of Wastewater Enforcement and Compliance


The purpose of the awards program is to recognize the significant
contributions which have encouraged the development and implementation of
cost-effective and environmentally safe biosolids beneficial use practices
which recycle nutrients, improve soil conditions, or otherwise conserve
valuable natural  resources.
Award Categories

Nominations will be accepted to recognize excellence in a wide range of
activities that have stimr'~ted beneficial use of municipal sewage sludge
biosolids.  National awards will be presented in the following categories:

o     Operating Projects (large & small).  Outstanding, full-scale, beneficial
      use technologies.

o     Technology  Development Activities. Significant technological
      improvements that have been developed and fully proven at the
      operational  level; these may be pilot or full scale activities.

o     Research Activities. Studies that have substantially contributed to an
      improved understanding of biosolids beneficial use practices, improved
      public acceptance, and/or advanced the technology.
Nomination and Award Guidance

o     Candidates for awards may be nominated by anyone including the
      nominee, EPA Regions, States, municipalities, consultants, researchers,
      or other interested parties.

o     Nominated and winning entries have included both individuals and
      groups from private as well as public organizations.

o     Completed nomination packages in specified format (see pages 4 & 5)
      must be received in duplicate by the Regional office in which your office
      is located (see pages 6 & 7).

o     Important—Please  check  with your Regional Office contact (page 7) for
      any Region-specific nomination guidance and for that Region's
      submission deadline.  The tentative Regional deadlines for receipt of
      nominations are shown on page 6.

Entries will be considered for Regional (which are being given increased
emphasis this year) as well as National awards.  Regions will forward
one copy of all entries to EPA  Headquarters by the June 6, 1994
National  deadline.

Nomination  packages, received for the National competition, will  be
reviewed by a panel consisting of representatives from EPA, WEF, and
other groups during June 1994.  EPA Regional offices will also review
the nominations for a separate competition in their Region.

National  award recipients will be notified before July 31, 1994.

National  awards will be presented in October 1994 at WEF's  National
Conference  in Chicago, IL.

Each National award will  consist of a certificate and plaque.

A short article describing each National award winning beneficial  use
activity will  be developed for the WEF Conference. Subsequent
publications describing those Regional as well as National activities will
be encouraged.

For the first time in 1994, the WEF  is planning a special workshop that
would highlight presentations on excellence in wastewater management
and feature  this years winners.

We especially encourage submission of nominations in the technology
development and research categories because these activities are
important in developing new alternatives and improvements  in existing
beneficial use practices.

Note that there are two categories for operating projects with awards for
both large and  small projects.

Nominated activities are sometimes chosen for special recognition
rather than a categorical  award.

Previous first place winning projects or activities will not be  considered
as candidates for the same award category for a  five-year period.
However, second place winners can reapply after a one year wait  to try
for first place in the same award category.  Unsuccessful nominees for
awards may be immediately  submitted  again the  next year.  Persistence
has paid  off for many nominees that have won awards after submitting
an improved application in subsequent years.

                          EVALUATION CRITERIA
The beneficial sewage sludge biosolids use award candidates will be
evaluated against the following criteria.
For Operating Projects  [Two Categories:  (1) <5 MOD  (2) >5 MGD

o     Significant recycling/reuse of natural resources (e.g., nutrients,  organic
      matter, and energy).

o     Sustained (several years), full-scale, proven operation.

o     Consistent, cost-effective operation.

o     Publicly acceptable.

o     Compliant with applicable Federal, State, and local regulations.

o     Excellence in project management.

For Technology Development Activities

o     Sustained excellence in advancing our knowledge of technology (e.g.,
      improved design criteria or operational practice).

o     National application - technology has potential for use in many areas
      across the country.

o     Operationally proven.

For Research Activities

o     Greater public acceptability of biosolids beneficial use.

o     Greatly improves our understanding of the environmental effects
      associated with beneficial use of biosolids.

o     Substantial contribution toward the development of improved
      technology design and operation.

o     Key information generated for the development of improved sludge
      biosolids regulations and guidance.

                          NOMINATION FORMAT
The information described  in the Nomination Format should be supplied in the
nomination package.  The completeness of information provided and manner
in which the nomination addresses the Evaluation Criteria in both the
Executive Summary and the text is especially important.

All nominations must be submitted in duplicate in the following format to the
appropriate EPA Regional Office (see pages 6 & 7).
1. Identifying Information (Front page)

      Name,  address, affiliation, telephone number, NPDES number (if
      applicable), and the spokesperson  for the project or activity.  Please
      also indicate the applicable Congressional Representatives that you
      would  like notified should your entry win an award.
2. Executive Summary (2 pages or less)

      Describe the project or activity indicating the award category for which
      the nomination is proposed and how it meets the evaluation criteria.
3. Facility/Activity Information (4-5 pages)

      Provide the following relevant information to adequately support the

      (a)    Sludge biosolids type, volume, quality, and processing
            information.  Be specific regarding the unit processes, including
            biosolids production and  processing details, biosolids quality,
            (e.g., nutrients and pollutants), and other details relevant to the
            beneficial use practice.

      (b)    Cooperating  parties and their contributions to the beneficial use
            project or activity.

      (c)    Duration and size of the project or activity, extent of ability to
            operate at design level, and cost information.

      (d)    Compliance  record with applicable local, State, and Federal

      (e)    Project monitoring program, including its use to evaluate and
            modify management  practices.

      (f)    Description of project management activities emphasizing efforts
            to hold down costs and to maintain and promote excellence in
            project performance.

      (g)    Description of training activities where applicable, leading to
            improved operations, performance, and public acceptability.

      (h)    POTW pretreatment program and its effectiveness,  if appropriate.

      (i)    Special innovative  practices or activities.

      (j)    Obstacles (technical,  political, public  acceptance, or other)
            overcome as a result of the activity.

      (k)    Evidence of enhanced benefits resulting from the activity (such as
            lower costs for biosolids management, lower energy
            consumption, enhanced soil properties, better crop productivity
            and quality, enhanced plant disease resistance, lower human
            health risks, greater National adoption of practice, and improved
            public acceptance).
4. Attachments
      Supporting materials may be attached. The attachment should include a
      short cover index page that lists the various supporting materials and
      gives about a 4- to 6-line description of each item.

      Photographs of the activity are strongly encouraged (where
      appropriate).  Photographic prints that can be copied for publication are
      preferred rather than xerox copies of prints.

      Note: Sheer bulk of information is not desirable.  Be concise and attach
      items that truly substantiate the importance and relevance of the
      beneficial  use  project or activity. Please do not send materials that you
      wish to have back because application materials are not returned.

 EPA      Tentative *
Region   Deadline Dates         States
 1         05-18-94         Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts,  New
                            Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

 2         03-14-94         New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico,  Virgin

 3         05-18-94         Delaware,  District of Columbia, Maryland,
                            Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

 4         04-25-94         Alabama, Florida,  Georgia, Kentucky,
                            Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina,

 5         05-18-94         Illinois, Indiana, Michigan,  Minnesota, Ohio,

 6         04-25-94         Arkansas, Louisiana, New  Mexico, Oklahoma,

 7         04-25-94         Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska

 8         05-18-94         Colorado, Montana, North  Dakota, South
                            Dakota, Utah, Wyoming

 9         05-18-94         Arizona, California,  Hawaii, Nevada,  American
                            Samoa, Guam

 10        04-25-94         Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
      These deadline dates for receipt of award nomination packages are
      tentative.  Please check with your Regional Office for verification.

     EPA REGIONAL CONTACT: (See List of States in Each Region, Page 6)
         Municipal Evaluation Section       Charles Conway
         Water Division
         JFK Federal Building,  WCM
         Boston, MA 02203

         Water Management Division        John Mello
         26 Federal Plaza, Rm 837
         New York, NY 10278

         Water Management Division        Jim Kern
         841 Chestnut Street (3WM22)
         Philadelphia, PA 19107

         Municipal Facilities Branch         Hector Danois
         Water Management Division
         345 Courtland Street
         Atlanta, GA 30365

         Permits Section (5WQP-16J)        Ash Sajjad
         Water Division
         77 West Jackson
         Chicago, IL 60604

         Municipal Facilities Branch         Gene Wossum
         Water Management Division
         1445 Ross Avenue
         Dallas, TX 75202

         Water Program Assistance Branch  Bob Steiert
         Water Management Division
         726 Minnesota Avenue
         Kansas City, KS  66101
Compliance Branch (8WM-C)
Water Management Division
999 18th Street Suite 500
Denver, CO 80202-2466

Permits and Compliance
Water Division (W-5-2)
75 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Municipal Facilities Branch
Water Division (WD-134)
1200 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
                                         Bob Brobst
                                         Lauren Fondahl
Dick Hetherington


Also    The Water Environment Federation
Contact  Attention:  Technical Services
        601 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Winner [Activity]
Operating         Clayton Co, Water Authority, GA [Heat Dry, Comp.]
Projects          City of Austin Water & WW Util, TX [Comp. Air Or]
(>5 MGD)         Charlotte-Mecklenburg Util. Dist., NC [Land Ap]
                  Truckee Meadows Water Rclaim, Dist., CA [Land Ap]
                  City of Omaha, NE  [LandAppl.]
                  Miami-Dade, FL  [Air Dry, Composting, Marketing]
                  Vallejo San. & Flood Control Dist., CA  [LandAp]
                  Cape May County Mun. Util. Auth., NJ [Composting]
                  Hampton Roads, VA [Nutragreen • Land Ap., Comp.]
                  Clayton Co., GA   [Comp, Heat Dry, Tree Prod.]
                  Pima County, AZ [Land Application]
                  Seattle Metro, WA [Forest & Ag. land Use]
                  San. Dist of Los  Angeles Co., CA  [Composting]
                                                    1st 1993
                                                    2nd  1993
                                                    1st 1992
                                                    2nd  1992
                                                    1st 1991
                                                    2nd  1991
                                                    1st 1990
                                                    2nd  1990
                                                    1st 1989
                                                    tie 2nd  1989
                                                    tie 2nd  1989
                                                    1st 1988
                                                    2nd  1988
Operating         Lafayette Wastewater Trtment Plant, GA [LandAp]
Projects          Chillicothe Munic Util WW Tmt Pit, MO [Liq Land Ap]
(<5 MGD)         The City of St. Peters, MO [LandAppl.]
                  The Susses Co. Mun. Util. Auth., NJ [In-Vess, Comp]
                  Alpena, Ml  [Revegetate Industrial Waste Site]
                  Blackfoot, ID  [LandAppl., Outreach]
                  Hannibal, MO, Bd of Pub. Works  [Econ LandAp]
                  Redwood San. Sewer Service  Dist., CA [Co-Compost]
                                                    1st 1993
                                                    2nd  1993
                                                    1st 1992
                                                    2nd  1992
                                                    1st 1991
                                                    2nd  1991
                                                    1st 1990
                                                    2nd  1990
Technology      WSSC Montgomery Co., MD Regional Compost.  Fac.
Development       [Scrubber and Mixing Advances/Comp. Odor Cont]
                 City of Lancaster, PA [Composting Odor Cont.]
                 N-Viro [Alkaline Stabilization of Sludge], OH
                 WSSC Montgomery Co., MD Regional Compost.  Fac.
                   [Thermal Odor Control]
                 Austin, TX  [Accelerated Air Drying]
                 WSSC Montgomery Co. MD, Regional Compost.  Fac.
                   [Chemical Odor Control]
                 Sussex Co., NJ [Compost Odor & Process Contro/l

                         (continued on next page)
                                                    1st 1992
                                                    2nd  1992
                                                    1st 1990

                                                    2nd  1990
                                                    1st 1989

                                                    1st 1988
                                                    2nd  1988
*1st and 2nd place awards are not always given

Winner [Activity]
Research         Los Angeles  County San Dist [Camp Odor/VOC]            1st 1993
Activities         Drs. Al Page  & Andrew Chang, Univ of CA, Riv.       1st 1991
                  Dr. Paul Giordano, Tenn Valley Authority, AL          2nd  1991
                  Dr. Rufus  Chaney, US Dept of Agriculture, MD        1st 1990
                  Dr. Michael Over-cash, NC State  University            2nd  1990
                  Univ. of MM, USDA Research Team                   1st 1989
                  W124/W17G Regional  Research Comm., USDA, CSRS  1st 1988
                  Allentown, PA/Penn State U, Palmerton [Reveg]        2nd  1988
Special           City of Tampa Hookers Point WW Trt. Plant
Recognition        [Optimizing Use of Digester Gas]                               1992
                  Dr. Aurthur E. Petterson, Dept of Soil Sci,
                   Madison, Wl [Sludge Research in Wl\                         1992
                  NutraLime, St. Paul, MN  [Incin. Ash + Water
                  Treatment Sludge for Land Improvement]                           1991
                  Metro. Water Reclam. Dist. of Greater Chicago
                  [Long Term Multiple Contrb. to Beneficial Use]                       1991
                  BioGro Systems, Inc.,  MD  [Sustained Service &
                   Enhanced Public Acceptance}                                  1990
                  City of Los Angeles,  CA & Ag Tech Co., AZ [Public-
                   Private Team from Ocean Disp. to Ben Use]                        1989
                  East Bay Municipal Utilities  Dist, CA [Sustained
                   Contribution to Beneficial Use & Composting]                       1989
Honorable        Benton Harbor-SL Joseph WW Trt Pit [LandAp]            1992
Mention           Madison, Wl, Metrc-Gro [Land Use]                         1988
                  Lime Lakes, OH, PPG Corp. [Priv, Svc. Reclaim Alk Site]         1988
                  Hannibal, MO  [LandApplication]                             1988
                  Bowling Green, KY  [Land Application]                        1988
                  Fallbrook, CA  [Verm/composting]                             1988
                  Ohio State Univ, Wooster, OH [Composting Biotech}           1988
•1st and 2nd place awards are not always given