Municipal Sludge Use in Land Reclamation is a new state-of-the-science reference that combines data from recent research and case studies in an effort to examine the use of municipal sludge in the reclamation of disturbed land, particularly land disturbed by surface mining. This important resource examines current regulations concerning surface mining and the use of sludge on mined lands. It also provides an overview of current land reclamation projects and presents vital information on the environmental effects of sludge use on vegetation, soil quality, water quality, and animal nutrition and health. Mining professionals, regulatory agencies, scientists, municipal and industrial managers, environmental consultants, foresters, and ecologists will find Municipal Sludge Use in Land Reclamation to be an invaluable reference.
Introduction: Status of Land Disturbed by Mining. Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977. Federal and State Regulations Governing Use of Sludge on Mine Land. Review of Land Reclamation Projects Using Municipal Sludge: Overview. Effects on Vegetation. Effects on Soil. Effects on Water Quality. Effects on Animal Nutrition and Health. U.S. EPA 40 CFR Part 503 Final Rules for Use and Disposal of Sewage sludge. Conclusion. References. Appendix. Index.