xvEPA
              United States
              Environmental Protection
              Agency
              Office of Municipal
              Pollution Control (WH-595)
              Washington DC 20460
              Water
              January 1989
Nomination
Guidance

Beneficial
Sewage Sludge
Use
Awards
Program
              For
              Operating Projects,
              Technology Development,
              Research

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INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to
announce that the beneficial use of sludge awards program wifi continue in 1989.
This program recognizes outstanding operational projects, research studies, and
technological advances which promote the beneficial uses of municipal sewage
sludge. This year the EPA Regional Offices will join the Water Pollution Control
Federation (WPCF) in helping implement this program. The expansion of this
awards program to include separate competitions within some of our Regions will
create additional opportunities to recognize these outstanding efforts.
Creative and widely applicable techniques for the beneficial use of sludge are
vital to our efforts to protect and improve 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. We believe that these awards are helping focus attention on the
critical need to develop and put into operation sewage sludge management
practices which beneficially use sludge and which are environmentaUy safe,
economically attractive and acceptable to the public. We encourage you to
nominate worthy candidates deserving of recognition.
The National awards will be made in October 1989 at the National WPCF
Conference in San Francisco, CA. This pamphlet describes the awards program
in detail and gives instructions for preparing and submitting candidate
nominations. Please note that this year you need to send your nominations to
EPA s Regional Offices by their deadlines so that these outstanding efforts can
be considered for recognition.
Since rely,
/ /rc ( .
Paul Baltay
Director, Municipal Facilities Division
Office of Municipal Pollution Control

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DESCRIPTION OF AWARDS PROGRAMS
Purpose
The purpose of the awards program is to encourage the development
and use of cost-effective and environmentally safe sewage sludge
beneficial use practices which recycle nutrients, improve soil
conditions or otherwise conserve valuathe natural resources.
Award Categories
Nominations will be accepted to recognize excellence in a wide range of
activities that have stimulated beneficial use of municipal sewage
sludge. National awards will be presented in the 1 ollowing three
categories:
o OPERATING PROJECTS . . .outstanding, full-scale, operating
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 which have contributed
substantially to an improved understanding of beneficial use
practices such as environmental effects, improved public
acceptance, or technology improvements.
Nomination Process
o Candidates for awards may be nominated by anyone including
EPA Regions, States, municipalities, consultants, researchers
or other interested parties.
o Completed nomination packages in specified format must be
submitted in duplicate to the EPA Regional office in which your
State is located (see pages 6 & 7).
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o important--Please check with your Regional Office contact (page
7) for any Regionspecific nomination guidance and for that
Regions submission deadline. The tentative Regional deadlines
for receipt of nominations are shown on page 6.
o Entries will be considered for Regional awards (where
established) as welt as National awards. Regions will forward
one copy of all entries to WPCF for the National competition by
the June 23, 1989 National deadline.
o During June, July , and August, nomination packages, received
for the National competition, will be reviewed by a panel
consisting of representatives from EPA, WPCF, and other
groups. EPA Regional offices will also review the nominations
for projects in their region.
o National award recipients will be notified by August 25. 1989 .
o National awards wilt be presented in October 1989 at WPCFs
National Conference in San Francisco, CA. The travel expenses
will be paid for one individual representing each National first
and second place award winner to attend the awards ceremony
at the conference.
o Each National award will consist of a project certificate and
plaque, as welt as individual certificates for each team member.
o An exhibit or poster session display and a short article
describing each National award winning beneficial use activity
will be developed and presented at the WPCF Conference.
Subsequent publications describing Regional as well as National
activities will be encouraged.
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EVALUATION CRITERIA
The beneficial use of sewage sludge award candidates will be evaluated
against the following criteria:
For Operating Projects
o significant recycling/reuse of natural resources (e.g.,
nutrients, organic matter and energy)
o sustained (several years), fufi-scale, proven operation
o consistent 1 cost-effective operation
o publicly acceptabile
o compliant with applicable Federal, state and local
regulations.
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 sludge beneficial use
o greatly improved understanding of the environmental
effects associated with beneficial use of sludge
o substantial contribution toward the development of improved
technology design and operation
o key information generated for the development of improved
sludge regulations or guidance
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NOMINATION FORMAT
All nominations must be submitted in duplicate in the foflowing format
to the appropriate EPA Regional Office (see pages 6 & 7).
(1) IDENTIFY 1NO iNFORMATION (Front page)
Name, address, affiliation, telephone number, NPDES number (if
applicable) and the spokesperson for the nominated project or activity.
(2) EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (Two pages or less)
Describe the project or activity, indicating the award category for
which the nomination is proposed and its relevance to the evaluation
criteria.
(3) FACILITY/ACTIVITY INFORMATiON (4-5 pages)
Provide the following relevant information to adequately support the
nomination.
(a) Sludge type, volume, quality and processing information. Be
specific regarding the unit processes, including sludge
production and processing details, sludge 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 Federa)
regulations.
(e) Project monitoring program, including its use to evaluate and
modify management practices.
(f) Description of training activities where applicable, leading to
improved operations, performance, and public acceptability.
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(g) POTW pretreatment program and its effectiveness, if
appropriate.
(h) Special innovative practices or activities.
(I) Obstacles (technical, political, public acceptance or other)
overcome as a result of the activity.
U) Evidence of enhanced benefits resulting from the activity (such
as lower sludge management costs, 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 four to six line description of each item. Photographs of
the activity are strongly encouraged (where appropriate). 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 in materials that you wish to
have back because application materials are not returned.
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TentatIve Regional Deadlines for Nominations
EPA Tentative *
Region Deadline Dates States
1 05-26-89 Connecticut, Maine, Massachuetts,
New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
2 05-01-89 New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico,
Virgin islands
3 05-01-89 Delaware, District of Columbia,
Maryland, Pennsylvania! Virginia, West
Virginia
4 05-26-89 Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky,
Mississippi! North Carolina, South
Carolina, Tennessee
5 05-01-89 illinois, Indiana, Michigan,
Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin
6 05-01 -89 Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico,
Oklahoma, Texas
7 04-10-89 Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska
8 05-01-89 Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South
Dakota, Utah, Wyoming
9 05-26-89 Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada,
American Samoa, Guam
10 05-01-89 Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
These deadline dates for receipt of award nomination packages
are tentative. Please check with your Regional Office for verfication.
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EPA Regional Contact: (See List of States in Each Region, Page 6)
REGION ADDRESS CONTACT TELEPHONE
S
Municipal Facilities Branch Bill Butler (617) 565-3564
Water Management Division
JFK Federal Building (WMT-21 1)
Boston, MA 02203
2 Water Management Division Pat Harvey (212) 264-8958
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10007
3 Water Management Division Jim Kern (215) 597-3423
841 Chestnut Street (3WM32)
Philadelphia, PA 19106
4 Facility Requirement Branch Vince Miller (404) 347-4491
Water Management Division
345 Courtland Street
Atlanta, GA 30308
5 Permits Section (SWQP) Almo Manzardo (312) 353-2105
Water Division
230 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, I I 60604
6 Construction Grants Branch Ancil Jones (214) 655-7130
Water Management Division
1445 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX 75202
Construction Grants Branch Rao Suram Palli (913) 236-2813
Water Management Division
726 Minnesota Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66101
8 Municipal Facilities Branch Jim Brooks (303) 293-1549
Water Management Division
One Denver Place
999 18th Street Suite 500
Denver, CO 80202-2413
9 Permits Section (W-5-1) Lauren Fondah l (415) 974-8587
Water Division
215 Fremont Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
1 0 Construction Grants Section Dick Hetherington (206) 442-1941
Water Management Division
Mail Stop 429
1200 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Also Contact: The Water Pollution Control Federation (703) 684-2400
Attention: Technical Services
601 Wythe Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
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