In 2009, the City of Chattanooga, TN was interested in obtaining the National Biosolids Partnership Environmental Management Systems (NBP EMS) certification for their program. The NBP certified the City as meeting the requirements of the NBP EMS program for biosolids, resulting in a need for personnel training relating to internal and verification auditing in accordance with National Biosolids Partnership (NBP) requirements. Knowing that Material Matters was instrumental in the first NBP EMS certifications, the City employed Material Matters to conduct the personnel training and developed the internal audit program for Chattanooga’s EMS program.
Material Matters completed an audit of Orange County Sanitation District’s (OCSD) Biosolids EMS in March 2003. This audit assessed conformance with all 17 elements of the NBP EMS for Biosolids and examined the EMS outcomes at all critical control points for biosolids production at two treatment plants and land application sites in three States (California, Nevada and Arizona). OCSD was granted the first ever Biosolids EMS Verification in July 2003 based on results of our audit. OCSD personnel have publicly expressed their view that the value they received from the audit improved their Biosolids EMS.