VDACS Commissioner Talks Biosolids

At a recent Virginia Water Environment Association (VWEA) education seminar on biosolids Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) Commissioner Joe Guthrie shared some of his perspectives on biosolids use in Virginia. Commissioner Guthrie’s agency oversees the distribution and marketing permits for Exceptional Quality (Class A) biosolids. He shared an agricultural perspective on biosolids and […]

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VBC Eastern Virginia Research Project Advances

The Virginia Biosolids Council has moved forward on coordinating a research project at the Eastern Virginia Agricultural Research and Extension Center (AREC) in Warsaw looking at the impact of biosolids application and PFAS in soils. This effort is designed to further the Council’s mission to fulfill the Code of Good Practice and provide farmers with […]

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Earth Day: Invest in Our Planet

Earth Day is a celebration of our most valued resource, the Earth. Our organization is focused on responsibly producing biosolids for beneficial use and recycling that is protective of public health and the environment. It is one way we can enhance soil and our environment. This year’s theme is “Invest in our Planet”, a perspective […]

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VBC Eastern Virginia Research Project Under Consideration for National Study 

VBC members subscribe to a Code of Good Practice, which encourages them to go beyond the regulations.  The Code encourages members to establish their own performance objectives that support the following goals:  Protecting the environment  Minimizing adverse social impacts  Promoting education and awareness  To that end, VBC has identified research on PFAS as a priority, […]

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2022 Code of Good Practice Report of the Virginia Biosolids Council

The Council’s membership includes representatives of municipal utilities in Virginia and metropolitan facilities in Washington and Maryland that beneficially manage biosolids in Virginia. It also includes companies that recycle biosolids on Virginia’s farms, forests, and public spaces. Member commitment to the Code of Good Practice requires an ongoing effort to exceed compliance with Virginia’s extensive […]

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Protecting Public Health Using Modern Biosolids Management

Recently the Council hosted a Session at the most recent Environment Virginia discussing biosolids and public health. VBC members Allison Deines, AlexRenew; Jamie Mitchell, HRSD; joined Rosa Gwinn, AECOM; Lola Olabode, Water Research Federation; and Neil Zahradka, Department of Environmental Quality, to present Protecting Public Health Using Modern Biosolids Management at this year’s Symposium. Biosolids are among the most studied and […]

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PFAS Congressional Briefing

Recently, several members of the Virginia Biosolids Council attended a Congressional briefing examining the water sector’s challenges in treating and protecting the public and environment from PFAS exposure.  Experts from academia, drinking water, biosolids and wastewater sectors, presented underlying science, state of the art technologies to treat these chemicals, and applicable management practices that can protect the public […]

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Virginia Biosolids Council hosts webinar on PFAS and Emerging Issues

The Virginia Biosolids Council hosted a webinar on November 16 on PFAS and Emerging Issues. The webinar featured the following speakers and topics: David Tobias of the U.S. EPA, who spoke on the status of the risk analysis for PFOA, PFAS, and The Virginia Biosolids Council hosted a webinar on November 16 on PFAS and […]

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Bill Franklin Farm in Rye Cove: A Family Tradition

Established in the 1800s, the Bill Franklin farm in Duffield, Virginia, continues to be family run.  Bill Franklin is the third generation to farm his land.  His grandfather was a full-time farmer; his father continued to farm full time. Mr. Franklin now farms with his children and with any luck will pass on the farm […]

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