From experience, CCMUA generally requires contractors to carry the following minimum insurance coverage: 1) workmen's compensation insurance; 2) public liability and property damage insurance in the amounts of at least $250,000 and $500,000 for each occurrence; and 3) automobile liability and property damage insurance in the amounts of at least $500,000 and $100,000 for each occurrence.
In addition, CCMUA requires a hold harmless clause where the contractor shall defend, indemnify, and hold harmless CCMUA from and against any claims, suits, judgments, demands, litigation expenses, counsel fees, and liabilities with respect to acts or omissions of the contractor, subcontractor, or any person directly employed while engaged in the performance of the work.
To ensure the best and lowest prices for its sludge disposal, CCMUA has devised a process that eliminates some of the contractors' bid risk.
Generally, CCMUA bids a two-year contract with the right to renew up to an additional three years, for a total of five years.
Until 1987, CCMUA's facility was a primary treatment plant.
The concentrations of many metals in CCMUA's sludge have been reduced significantly since full implementation of the pretreatment program.
One innovative option for sludge disposal is the Memorandum of Agreement (M/O/A) that CCMUA has with the city of Philadelphia and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy (NJDEPE).
CCMUA distributes most of this material to farms in New York State as it meets New York requirements as equivalent to a Class I compost.
In one instance, CCMUA, through its subcontractor, Ag-Organic, was able to beneficially use sludge cake in covering and stabilizing a 32-acre landfill for Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
This compost product has been used for landfill reclamation by a CCMUA contractor, Mobile Dredging and Pumping Company, on various projects around New Jersey and elsewhere.