Biosolids: Our Goal
Land application of biosolids necessarily involves risk assessment
and communications, involving all concerned stakeholders, especially
when considering pathogen issues. The goal of the biosolids challenge is
to incorporate advancements in risk assessments and risk communications
into methodologies, and facilitate their application by utility
managers, land appliers and public administrators at the local, state
and national levels.
Wastewater utilities, land appliers, regulatory agencies and public
administrators will employ state-of-the-science, practical, locally
applicable pathogen risk assessment and communication approaches, with
methodologies tailored to a variety of conditions. Appropriate risk
assessment methodologies will accommodate varying levels of expertise
and resources. The input data will quantify differences between a range
of biosolids land application practices.
Strategic risk communications require an increased understanding of
the relevant issues, information and actions. Stakeholders are much more
likely to be satisfied when they are provided all pertinent information
and are encouraged to participate in the decision-making process.