APWA Book Review

Land Application of Sewage Sludge and Biosolids
216 pp * 2002 * CRC Press * Eliot Epstein

Land application of sewage sludge and biosolids has been practiced for centuries. Over 50% of the 6,900 million dry tons of sewage sludge generated each year in the United States is land applied as biosolids. The principal controversies surrounding the land application of biosolids involve heavy metals and pathogens. Land Application of Sewage Sludge and Biosolids provides a comprehensive scientific text providing a complete review of various aspects of heavy metals and pathogens to the fate and effects of organic compounds. Consideration is given to crop removal of metals and organics, soil erosion and leaching, as well as to differing approaches and regulations in the United States, Canada and Europe. The result is an authoritative, science-based, and unbiased perspective on the benefits and potential risks of land application to human health and the environment.

This eleven-chapter publication:

  • Offers the first comprehensive review of all environmental land health issues associated with land application

  • Contains 80 tables that make the information easily retrievable

  • Describes the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of biosolids

  • Covers how biosolids can be an important source of plant macro and micronutrients for agricultural or horticultural crops, forestry and land reclamation

  • Discusses heavy metal, other trace elements, pathogens and toxic organic compounds found in biosolids

  • Compares risk-based regulation in the U.S. with those based on no net degradation in Canada and Europe

To obtain your copy, please call the APWA Bookstore at (800) 848-APWA, ext. 5254. Or, for more information on purchasing this publication and other American Public Works Association books, please visit the APWA Bookstore online at www.apwa.net/bookstore.