PSI & NEBRA Webinar

Reducing Microconstituents in Biosolids:
What’s the Role for Product Stewardship?

Monday, May 16, 2011
2:00 to 3:30 PM EST / 11:00 – 12:30 PM PST
Presentations Microconstituents in Biosolids: What's Known?, Ned Beecher, NEBRA
What is the Role for Product Stewardship?, Scott Cassel and Sierra Fletcher, PSI, and Dave Galvin, King County HHW, WA and PSI President
Call RecordingReducing Microconstituents in Biosolids: What's the Role for Product Stewardship?
Overview: Professionals in the biosolids management fields are concerned about the increasing presence of microconstituents (e.g. trace synthetic chemicals from personal care products and pharmaceuticals) that appear in biosolids and waste water treatment plants. There is a growing interest in exploring the role that product stewardship could play in addressing this problem, since many of the chemicals that appear in small quantities in wastewater derive from consumer products. While the potential risks to human health and the environment posed by these microconstituents still require research for greater understanding, many of those charged with providing effective wastewater treatment and high quality biosolids products are interested in controlling the source of microconstituents that originate in personal care products and pharmaceuticals, which means addressing how unused and other pharmaceuticals are disposed of and how personal care products are formulated and discarded. This webinar will provide an overview of the microconstituents that are of concern to this professional community and the pathways by which they reach wastewater and biosolids. Following an overview of product stewardship, participants will discuss potential product stewardship solutions to the problem. The chemical Triclosan, an anti-bacterial agent found in many personal care products, will be used as a focal point for discussion.

This free webinar is sponsored by the North East Biosolids and Residuals Association (NEBRA), the U.S. Composting Council (USCC), New England Organics, the Northwest Biosolids Management Association (NBMA), the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), the Mid-Atlantic Biosolids Association (MABA), the Virginia Biosolids Council, CDM, and HDR/Hydroqual.

Moderator: Scott Cassel, Product Stewardship Institute

Ned Beecher (Northeast Biosolids and Residuals Association)
Sierra Fletcher (Product Stewardship Institute)
Dave Galvin (King County Department of Natural Resources and PSI President)

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