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The EPA’s Office of Inspector General conducted a review of EPA’s Biosolids program in 2018. The title of their report stated, “EPA unable to assess the impact of hundreds of unregulated pollutants in land-applied biosolids on human health and the environment.” Unfortunately, this review did not include a significant portion of the research that has been conducted on chemicals in biosolids. After the report was released, EPA’s water quality director and EPA’s biosolids program staff worked with the Office of Inspector General to resolve the issues identified in the inspector’s report. In July 2019, the EPA’s Office of Inspector General released the final findings stating “…all recommendations for the subject report are now considered resolved.”
The National Academy of Sciences has conducted two reviews of the biosolids program. The first was conducted in early 1993 when EPA was developing the rules and standards of today’s biosolids program. The Academy’s second review was completed in 2002 and came to the following conclusion: “With proper management, biosolids land application is protective of public health and the environment and it provides a resource value for crop production…”
Pat HeinsBiosolids and Water Reuse Coordinator
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