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Biosolids Surface Disposal Training

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By returning valuable crop nutrients to land while improving the overall conditioning of soils, biosolids land application is recognized as a highly desirable and environmentally sustainable management practice. Despite its many benefits, there are some instances where biosolids land application may be unwarranted. This can occur for a variety of reasons, including financial costs, perceived public health concerns, and/or political opposition.

In these rare cases, biosolids management options other than land application must be sought. Complicating this situation is that, in many jurisdictions, concern over deteriorating air quality has eliminated sludge incineration as a viable management alternative. Under these unique circumstances, disposal of sewage sludge in a permitted municipal solid waste landfill may be an option, or, preferably, the biosolids may be managed in a sewage sludge-only surface disposal facility. 

The new BTECH Biosolids Surface Disposal training course describes the basic regulatory and technical framework currently available under federal and state law to permanently manage biosolids within a sewage sludge-only surface disposal facility. With growing concern over protecting landfill volume for municipal solid wastes, surface disposal is receiving renewed interest by sewage sludge decision-makers as a preferred management option. The BTECH Biosolids Surface Disposal training course has been structured to address the legal and technical concerns of a range of sewage-sludge stakeholders including: water reclamation facility general managers and operators, public health and environmental regulators, agricultural land owners and municipal landfill owners/operators.

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Refund Policy

Individuals are responsible for canceling their registration should they not be able to attend. Refunds will not be issued for non-attendance. Cancellations received before the first day of class will receive a 100% refund. No refunds, in whole or in part, will be given on or after the first day of class.
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Dr. Mike McFarland is a licensed professional engineer (PE) in the State of Utah and holds Grade 4 operator certifications in Municipal Wastewater Treatment, Drinking Water Treatment and Drinking Water Distribution as well as a Grade 2 certification in Biosolids Land Application. Dr. McFarland has published widely on the topic of biosolids beneficial use including the seminal biosolids management textbook Biosolids Engineering (©2000 – McGraw-Hill, Inc.). Dr. McFarland has served as a member of the US EPA Science Advisory Board since 1998 and is co-author of the 2023 agency report “US EPA Science Advisory Board’s Review of the US EPA’s Standardized Framework for Sewage Sludge Chemical Risk Assessment”. Dr. McFarland earned a bachelor's and master’s degree in chemical engineering and a Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from Cornell University.

How to Register

Price: $475

Location: Logan West, Room 1970

Date: April 30

Time: 8 am - 2:30 pm

Registration Code


Class Date Day Time Code Cost
April 30 Tues 8 - 2:30 pm CE40 0120 01 LC $475

**price includes training materials


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The mission of the Bridgerland Technical College is to deliver competency-based, employer-guided career and technical education to both secondary and post-secondary students through traditional and technology-enhanced

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