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State of Michigan receives EPA research funding to assess potential risks of pollutants in sewage sludge

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WAHINGTON (WLNS) – Today, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $ 5,976,976 in funding to four research institutions to help states, municipalities and utilities determine risk potential for human health and the environment of pollutants found in biosolids.

The results of this research can educate people on how to manage biosolids.

“It is important that municipalities and utilities have the information they need to process and manage biosolids. These grants will help us leverage resources and knowledge to ensure that the latest scientific advances are used to protect public health and the environment.

Wayne Cascio, Acting Assistant Administrator for Science in the EPA’s Office of Research and Development

Biosolids are created during the wastewater treatment process. These are organic materials recycled from wastewater, especially for use in agriculture. They are used to add nutrients to the soil and improve moisture retention.

Land application of biosolids has economic and waste management benefits as it saves landfill space, recycles waste, and reduces the demand for synthetic fertilizers.

On the other hand, biosolids can also contain a variety of pollutants. Utilities and states need information about these pollutants to ensure that they are treated, handled, and used in a way that minimizes potential harm.

To meet these needs, researchers receiving these grants will seek more information on the presence, fate, and transport of chemicals in soil-applied biosolids, as well as the impact of various treatment and management processes. on chemical levels in biosolids.

The institutions receiving research grants are:

-Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

-Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

-Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, Virginia.

-The Water Research Foundation, Denver, Colorado.

More information on these awards: https://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/recipients.display/rfa_id/675/records_per_page/ALL

More information on EPA Research Grants: https://www.epa.gov/research-grants

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