Biosolids Management (EMS) Program

 

GREATER MONCTON SEWERAGE COMMISSION
“THE FIRST CANADIAN AND INTERNATIONAL”
AGENCY TO RECEIVE NATIONAL CERTIFICATION

OF ITS BIOSOLIDS ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
NBP-EMS PROGRAM

                                                     

The Greater Moncton Sewerage Commission (GMSC) has implemented the National Biosolids Partnership-Environmental Management System (NBP-EMS) program as an effective way to continually improve its operation for the beneficial use of the biosolids produced at its wastewater treatment facility.  The biosolids produced are used as one of the primary feedstocks in the production of compost products which are approved for unrestricted use by the Province of New Brunswick.

The GMSC is proud to have achieved the NBP-EMS Certification designation and will be recognized as the 29th and first Canadian and International organization to be certified and admitted to the National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) EMS program.  This is an important achievement in our goal of always aiming for environment excellence as well as being a necessary tool in our succession planning strategy.

NBP PROFILE / HISTORY

The National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) is a not-for-profit alliance formed in 1997 with the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), Water Environment Federation (WEF), and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the goal to advance environmentally sound and accepted biosolids management practices.

The framework of NBP’s EMS program is structured around the operation of wastewater treatment facilities, both large and small, and promotes four Key Outcomes:  Quality Management Practices to ensure consistent product quality; Relations with Interested Parties to establish and maintain credibility; Regulatory Compliance to meet or exceed compliance with regulatory requirements; and Environmental Performance in order to protect the environment for future generations.

BENEFITS FROM IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NBP-EMS

The GMSC implemented the EMS system as an effective way to continually improve its operations for the beneficial use of the biosolids produced at the Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Achieving NBP Certification is an important accomplishment in our goal of always aiming for environmental excellence and the desire to be a leader in environmental stewardship as well as a necessary tool in succession planning.

The GMSC has a currently strong management system including a well established and sustainable composting program.

The most recent implementation of the NBP-EMS program is an enhancement and improvement in an already positive program.

The following are some of the benefits that GMSC has recognized as well as those that are anticipated with the development of the NBP-EMS program:

  • Improved documentation and record keeping

  • Proactive Management Practices

  • Improved Communication – Internally and Externally

  • Public Recognition

  • Regulatory Compliance

  • Environmental Performance

  • Leadership in Environmental Stewardship

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN NBP CERTIFIED AGENCY?

In order to be admitted and certified to the National Biosolids Partnership’s World Class Biosolids Environmental Management System Program, GMSC must meet five requirements.

  1. GMSC has documented its responsibility for the Biosolids Value Chainpretreatment, treatment and final use;
     
  2. GMSC has committed to the 10 principles in the National Biosolids Partnership’s Code of Good Practice;
     
  3. GMSC operates a Biosolids Environment Management System that meets all the National Biosolids Partnership’s requirements;
     
  4. GMSC has committed to make continual improvements in their Environmental Management System for environmental performance; regulatory compliance; public participation; and quality biosolids management practices; and
     
  5. GMSC has successfully completed a fully independent audit of its Environmental Management System and has been verified by a National Biosolids Partnership’s accredited company.

The NBP Seal of Approval means that GMSC has been certified by the NBP.

GMSC is very proud to be recognized as the 29th organization certified and admitted into the NBP-EMS program.  GMSC is particularly proud of being the first Canadian and International agency to have accomplished this achievement.

GMSC - Biosolids Management Policy

NBP-EMS-KEMA Audit Report - 2010

NBP Website

2009/2010 Program Report

DEKRA Report 2011