Office Of vVater
                      EPA 832-B-95-001
                      January 1995

1995 Beneficial Use Of
Biosolids Awards Program:

For Operating Projects,
Technology Development,
Research, And Public Acceptance

                       INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE
The United States Environmental Protection  Agency (EPA) is pleased to
announce the 1995  Beneficial Use of Biosolids Awards Program. This
program has traditionally recognized outstanding operating projects, research
studies, and technological advances which promote the beneficial use of
municipal biosolids. This year we are pleased to add  a new category for
activities which have significantly fostered public acceptance of beneficial
use. EPA Regional Offices and the  Water Environment Federation (WEF) will
join our National Headquarters Office in helping to implement this program.

EPA actively promotes the beneficial use of 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
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 will also use information  from the
nominations  in its national campaign for biosolids use acceptance.  We
encourage you to nominate worthy  candidates deserving of recognition.

The National awards will be made in October 1995 at the National WEF
Conference  in Miami, FL.  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. Quigley         (/
                                  Director,  Municipal Support Division
                                  Office of  Wastewater Management

                                  for the
                      AWARDS  PROGRAM

                           OMB Control # 2040-0101
                               Expires 10-31-97

Interested respondents may express their concerns regarding this nomination guidance.  The
respondents' burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 8 hours per
response.  The collection burden includes the time for the respondent to review instructions,
search existing data sources, gather and present the data needed, and complete and review the
collection of information. EPA's burden is estimated to average 6 hours to review the

Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of
information, including suggestions for reducing the burden: to Chief, Information Policy
Branch (2136), US Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M Street SW, Washington, DC
20460; and to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and
Budget, Washington, DC 20503.

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.  EPA has a new booklet entitled: "Biosolids
Recycling:  Beneficial Technology for a Better Environment" that lists many of
the sustained agricultural and environmental  benefits. Many of the examples
given in the booklet were taken directly from  past award winning nomination


Nominations will be accepted to recognize excellence in a wide range of
activities that have stimulated beneficial  use of municipal 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.

o     Public Acceptance Activities.  Significant  local and regional activities
      that  have  been  aimed at and have increased  the acceptance by the
      public of biosolids beneficial use practices.

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

o     Nominated entries may include both individuals and groups from private
      as well as public organizations.

o     As these Nomination  packages are prepared, it is important to tell the
      story about your biosolids beneficial use activity in a manner that
      clearly shows  the benefits and simultaneously  reduces natural public
      concern. This information can often be utilized locally for press
      releases, brochures and other public acceptance materials.

o     Previous first place winning projects or activities will not be considered
      as candidates  for the same award category for a five-year period.  In
      addition, special award winners in 1994 will not be considered for public
      acceptance  awards for five years. 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.

 Completed nomination packages (see specified format pages 6 & 7)
 must be received in duplicate by the Regional office in which your office
 is located (see pages 9 & 10).

 The tentative Regional deadlines for receipt of nominations are shown
 on page 9. Important-Please  check with your Regional Office contact
 (page 10) for any Region-specific nomination  guidance and for that
 Region's final submission deadline.

 Entries will be considered for Regional (where applicable) as well as
 National awards. Regions will forward one copy of each qualified
 Nomination package to EPA Headquarters by the June 6, 1995 National

 Nomination packages, received for the National competition, will  be
 reviewed by a panel consisting of representatives from EPA, WEF,  and
 other groups against  the evaluation criteria (see pages 4 & 5) during
 June 1995. EPA Regional offices (where applicable) will also review the
 nominations for a separate competition  in their Region.  Because the
 National and Regional award  programs involve separate review panels
 and because all qualified entries may be considered in both
 competitions, it is possible that winners in the National award  program
 may differ from the Regional award  winners.

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

 National award  recipients will be notified about July 31, 1995.

 National awards consisting of a certificate and plaque  will be presented
 in October 1995 at WEF's National Conference in Miami, FL.  Because of
 budgetary limitations  EPA will be unable to pay for travel to the awards
 program.  Alternate provisions will be made to present awards to those
 entities that are unable to attend the National  ceremony in October.

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.  Photographs and key facts about both winning and not
winning entries are  very useful in EPA publications to  encourage
 beneficial  biosolids  recycling.

                         EVALUATION CRITERIA
The beneficial biosolids use award candidates will be evaluated against the
following criteria.
FOR OPERATION PROJECTS [Two Categories:  (1) <5 MGD (2) >5 MGD
(Note:  Categorization is based upon the actual operational capacity,  and not
 the design capacity)

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.


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.


 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.


 o     Demonstrated  increase in public acceptance.  The term "public" is
      meant to include regulatory agencies,  agricultural organizations, water
      quality professionals,  public health officials, environmentalists,
      academic institutions, and the news media as well as the general public.

 o     Characterized by dedicated successful individual and team efforts.

 o     Demonstrated willingness to share information and approaches for
      gaining  public acceptance.

o     Proactive approach for successfully working with such entities as the
      press and cultivating and gaining allies to explain the benefits and
      diffuse alarmist stories that may arise.

o     Program with excellent information transfer and training  efforts that
      have made a positive difference locally.  Includes examples of making
      biosolids management non-controversial at the national,  regional and/or
      local level.

                          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 9 & 10).
1. IDENTIFYING INFORMATION (See sample front page form at end of this

      Name, address, affiliation, telephone number, NPDES number (if
      applicable), and the spokesperson for the project or activity.  Please
      also indicate the applicable government officials that you would like
      notified  should your entry win an award (see form on page 8).

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.

      Provide the following relevant information to adequately support the

      (a)    Biosolids type, volume (on the basis of dry solids being used per
            day, week or year), 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 or activity.

      (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 and effectiveness information.

      (d)    For operations or other activities nominated by treatment facilities
            please give the facilities record of compliance with applicable
            local, State, and Federal regulations.

      (e)    Where applicable give the project monitoring program, including
            its use for determining compliance,  to keep the public informed of
            where biosolids are being transported how they are being used,
            and to evaluate and modify management practices where needed.

      (f)    Description of project management  activities emphasizing efforts
            to hold down costs, to maintain and promote excellence in project
            performance including  working with allies, press and the public
            and explaining and maximizing benefits of using biosolids.

      (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).

      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.

   SAMPLE FRONT PAGE (1995 Biosolids Beneficial Use Awards Program)
I.   Proposed Award Category
II.   Facility Identification Name
      a)  Official Name and Address of Award Entity to be Engraved on Plaque

               and Certificate
      b)  Type of Ownership
        (e.g., corporate, private or public, university, etc.)

        Zip Codes of Service Area	
        (used to notify US Representatives)

      c)  Contact Person  Regarding the Nomination

        Their Title, Address, Telephone No.	
   Award Notification
      a)  Name, Organizational Title, Address and Telephone No. of Local
        Official (e.g., Mayor, Authority Board President, Corporate
        President, Department Chairman, etc.):
      b)  Federal and State Political Notifications

        US Senators & Representatives  (list names only)
        State Governor's Name & Address

     c) Other	


 Tentative *
Deadline  Dates
                  Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New
                  Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Virgin
Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland,
Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky,
Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina,
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio,
Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma,
Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska
Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South
Dakota, Utah, Wyoming
Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American
Samoa, Guam
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        Jim Adcock
        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        Mona Tales
        Water Management  Division (6W-MT)
        1445 Ross Avenue
        Dallas, TX 75202
Water Program Assistance Branch
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 Steiert
                                         Bob Brobst
                                         Lauren Fondahl
Dick Hetherington


                                                         404-347-3633 x 6543
Also    The Water Environment Federation
Contact   Attention:  Technical Services
        601 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Winner \Activity]
 Operating        City of Los Angeles, CA {Multiple Uses}
 Projects          City of Columbus, OH [Multiple Uses]
 (>5 BCD)         Clayton Co, Water Authority,  GA [Heat Dry, Comp.]
                  City of Austin Water & WW Util, TX [Comp, Air Or]
                  Charlotte-Mecklenburg  Util. Dist, NC [Land Ap]
                  Truckee Meadows Water Reclaim, Dist, CA [Land Ap]
                  City of Omaha, NE  [Land Appl]
                  Miami-Dade, FL  [Air Dry, Composting, Marketing]
                  Vallejo San. & Flood Control Dist, CA  [Land Ap]
                  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 [LandApplication]
                  Seattle Metro, WA  [Forest & Ag. Land Use]
                  San. Dist of Los  Angeles Co., CA [Composting]
                                                   1st  1994
                                                   2nd 1994
                                                   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         Cumberland County Util Auth [Land Ap]
Projects          City of New Smyrna Beach, FL [LandAp]
(<5 HGD)         Lafayette Wastewater Trtment Plant,  GA [Land Ap]
                  Chillicothe  Munic Util WW Tmt Pit MO [Liq Land Ap]
                  The City of St Peters, MO [Land Appl]
                  The Sussex Co. Mun. Util. Auth., NJ [In-Vess, Comp]
                  Alpena, Ml  [Revegetate Industrial Waste Site]
                  Blackfoot ID  [Land Appl., Outreach]
                  Hannibal, MO, Bd of Pub. Works [Econ Land Ap]
                  Redwood San. Sewer Service Dist, CA [Co-Compost]
                                                   1st 1994
                                                   2nd  1994
                                                   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 Miring Advances/Comp. Odor Cant]
                 City of Lancaster, PA [Composting Odor Cant.]
                 N-Viro [Alkaline Stabilization of Sludge], OH
                 WSSC Montgomery Co., MD Regional Compost Fac.
                   [Thermal Odor Contrail
                 Austin,  TX [Accelerated Air Drying]
                 WSSC Montgomery Co. MD, Regional Compost Fac.
                   [Chemical Odor Control^
                 Sussex Co., NJ  [Compost Odor & Process Control\

                         (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

Research        Dr. Terry Logan, Ohio State Univ, OH                1st 1994
Activities        Rocky ML Forest & Range  Exp Sta, NM               2nd  1994
                 Los Angeles County San Dist, CA [Camp Odor/VOC\       1st 1993
                 Drs. Al Page & Andrew Chang, Univ of CA, Riv.       1st 1991
                 Dr. Paul Giordano, Tenn Valley Authority, AL         2nd  1991
                 Dr. Rufus Chaney, US DepL of Agriculture,  MD       1st 1990
                 Dr. Michael  Overcash, NC State University            2nd  1990
                 Univ.  of MN, USDA Research Team                   1st 1989
                 W124/W170 Regional Research Comm., USDA, CSRS  1st 1988
                 Allentown, PA/Penn  State U, Palmerton [Reveg]       2nd  1988
Special           Northwest Biosolids Mgmt Assoc, WA [Pub Acpt]
Recognition      Maine Waste Water Control Assoc, ME [Pub Acpt]
                 Oyzboyd Environmental Svc, GA [Vert Bed Dewater]
                 City of Tampa Hookers Point WW TrL Plant
                   [Optimizing Use of Digester Gas]
                 Dr. Aurthur E. Peterson,  Dept of Soil Sci,
                   Madison, Wl [Sludge Research in Wl\
                 The College of Forest Resources, Univ of WA
                   [Cooperative ff&O, Appl to Forest Ecosystems}
                 NutraLJme, SL Paul, MN  [Indn. Ash + Water
                 Metro. Water Reclam. DisL of Greater Chicago
                 [Long Term Multiple Contrb. to Beneficial Use]
                 BioGro Systems, Inc., MD  [Sustained Service &
                  Enhanced Pubic Acceptance}
                 City of Los Angeles, CA & Ag Tech Co., AZ
                  Private Team from Ocean Disp. to Ben Use]
                 East Bay Municipal Utilities DisL, CA  [Sustained
                  Contribution to Beneficial Use & Composting]








                 City of Salem, OR [LandAp] (OP)                         1994
                 Reedy Creek Improv Auth [Comp] (OP)                    1994
                 Broward County [Mkt & Product} (Res)                      1994
                 Benton Harbor-SL Joseph WW Trt Pit [LandAp} (OP)       1992
                 Madison, Wl, Metro-Gro [Land Use] (OP)                    1988
                 Lime Lakes, OH, PPG Corp.  [Pm. Sn. Reclaim Alk She] (OP)    1988
                 Hannibal, MO [Land Appkation] (OP)                       1988
                 Bowling Green, KY  [Land Appkation} (OP)                   1988
                 Fallbrook, CA [Vermkomposting] (TD)                       1988
                 Ohio State  Univ, Wooster, OH  [Composting Biotech] (Res)     1988
*1st and 2nd place awards are not always given