Sludge in the Ninetiesby Dan Morse, Assistant Editor;
Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 8, Pg. 47-50
Document Type: Feature article
Strict new regulations proposed for sludge disposal have toughened the challenge ahead for engineers. The regulations are the first to ever address sludge disposal in a comprehensive, national fashion. Some 5,300 wastewater treatment municipalities will be regulated. According to these municipalities, EPA made too many conservative assumptions and used only a limited set of data when it calculated safe levels of the 27 sludge contaminants it chose to regulate. There are six major disposal options for sludge: ocean dumping, municipal landfills, land application, monofills, incineration, and distribution and marketing. Two of these options, ocean dumping and municipal landfills, are not addressed in the new regulations.
Subject Headings: Sludge | Ocean engineering | Landfills | Local government | Municipal wastewater | Wastewater treatment | Safety | Environmental Protection Agency
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