News from Within the MABA Region
BK Show Features A Pen Made From Sewage, Other Student Projects
Brooklyn, NY (5/20/19) - Pratt Institute graduate student Garrett Benisch made a pen and ink from biosolids. His creation was featured at the Pratt Institute's design show.
Slate Belt Township Issues 10-Page Memo Attacking Plan for Sewage Sludge Treatment Plant
Slate Belt, PA (5/14/19) - Township Manager Tom Petrucci wrote a 10 page memorandum detailing defects found in the proposed biosolids treatment facility. Synagro has provided additional documents that are expected to resolve many items considered deficiencies.
News from Beyond the MABA Region
City: Sewer Stink is Temporary
Oak Harbor, WA (5/3/19) - Facility operators at the Oak Harbor Clean Water Facility are trying to perfect their biosolids drying process using their new belt dryer. Although the process is causing an odor now, the operators plan to be producing an odor-free biosolids that can be used as a soil fertilizer.
Turtle Valley Bison Ranch Owners Speak on Biosolids Controversy
Chase, BC, Canada (5/14/19) - Conrad and Nikki Schiebel, the owners of the Turtle Valley Bison Ranch have spoke out to reassure the individuals protesting the planned biosolids application on their ranch that the application is being done with environmental concerns in mind.
Bison Ranch Owners Say Biosolids Process is Safe
Take a Trip Through the Kamloops Sewage Treatment Centre
PHOTOS: City Gives Tour of Kamloops Sewage Treatment Centre as Biosolids Plan Progresses
In VIDEO: City of Kamloops Responds to Biosolids Protests, Concerns with Tour of Sewage Treatment Centre
Court Decision Allows Biosolids Trucks to Roll into Turtle Valley
Both Sides Like Biosolids Blockade Ruling
City of Kamloops Argues it Does Not Create Biosolids Regulations
First Nations Group Calls for Opposition to Biosolids Plan
Clayton Water Authority Earns Industry Awards
Morrow, GA (5/16/19) - “Clayton County Water Authority staff members earned several industry awards last month during the Georgia Association of Water Professionals Spring Conference.”
BCR’s Neutralizer® Treatment Technology Helps CCUA Achieve Class AA Biosolids and Reduce Environmental Impact
Clay County, FL (5/20/19) - Clay County Utility Authority recently upgraded and expanded Mid-Clay County wastewater treatment plant from 750,000 to 1,500,000 gallons per day. Using BCR’s Neutralizer treatment technology, the facility will produce a class AA biosolids.
Task Force on PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ Begins Work this Week
Augusta, ME (5/19/19) - Maine governor’s 11-member task force investigating the threats of PFAS contamination to public health and the environment will soon gather to discuss the work ahead for the group and to hear initial “educational” presentations from state agencies.
Anti-Biosolids Group Pushes For Environmental Study
Yelm, WA (5/9/19) - “With a decision expected early summer from the Washington State Department of Ecology on a proposed biosolids site in Yelm, a local citizen organization is hoping its collective plea will result in a denial or an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the application.” If the EIS is not conducted, Preserve the Commons has raised over $10,000 and is working to raise $50,000 to cover legal feels to file an appeal and possible injunction.
State Requiring Towns to Manage Emerging Compounds in Wastewater
Raleigh, NC (5/6/19) - As part of its strategy to address compounds in surface water and biosolids, state environmental officials are requiring towns in the Cape Fear River Basin to monitor for 1,4-dioxane and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances starting June.
Commissions Receive Update on PFAS Levels
Marinette, WI (5/23/19) - “Water & Wastewater Operations Manager Warren Howard said the wastewater treatment plant is working with local fire suppression system manufacturer Tyco Fire Protection Products/Johnson Controls and a coagulant supplier to test the PFAS levels in the biosolids.” The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is requesting biosolids containing PFAS be incinerated or sent to landfill.
Nygren Introduces PFAS Bill
Initial Test Results Reveal ‘Forever Chemicals’ Showing Up in Fertilizer Sludge
Hallowell, ME (5/22/19) - In April, “the Maine DEP began requiring sewage treatment plants to test for three specific varieties of the chemicals – PFOS, PFOA and PFBS – before the treated sludge could be applied to farms as fertilizer or distributed as compost.” The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has received results from only about 40 percent of the treatment plants or sludge composting facilities subject to the new testing requirements.
CFPUA Explores Best Way to Deal with Sewage Byproducts
Wilmington, NC (5/23/19) - “Cape Fear Public Utility Authority announced Wednesday they plan to spend the next year examining health, environmental and financial impacts of managing biosolids.” In the past, CFPUA applied biosolids to fields, but started transporting biosolids to a lined landfill starting October 2018, which is significantly more expensive.
South Florida Water Management District Plans to Deny Sunbreak Farms' Biosolids Permit
St Lucie County, FL (5/24/19) - Sunbreak Farms has received a permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to fertilize its crops with 60,000 tons of yard and agricultural waste and 20,000 tons of Class B biosolids, but South Florida Water Management District plans to deny Sunbreak Farms' permit. The district says the farm plans don’t ensure heavy rains won't flush polluted stormwater into nearby canals leading to the Indian River Lagoon. “The district also asked for a better sewage-sludge monitoring system to show pollution abatement practices proposed in the design are functioning properly.”
St. Lucie County Takes New Tack in Fighting Sunbreak Farms, Spread of Human Waste on Crops
News from Abroad
Can We Turn Sewage ‘Sludge’ into Something Valuable?
Environmental Journal, UK (5/8/19) - This article identifies resource extraction as the ideal beneficial use for sewage sludge: struvite, for use in agricultural settings, and cellulose to produce bioplastics. When looking at incineration or land application, the article argues biosolids is not as consistent or effective as other products.
CRD Consults Public on Using Wastewater Biosolids as Alternative Fuel for B.C. Cement Industry
Esquimalt, BC, Canada (5/7/19) - “The Capital Regional District is asking for public comments on a proposal to use biosolids from the planned waste treatment facility in Esquimalt as an alternative fuel source for the cement industry….The biosolids would be routed from the McLouglin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant that’s currently under construction to cement factories in the Lower Mainland.”
City of Kimberley, RDEK Pursuing Funding for Organic Infrastructure Program
Kimberley, BC, Canada (5/15/19) - “Kimberley City Council has voted to support an initiative from the Regional District of East Kootenay to apply for funding for an Organic Infrastructure Program.” City staff hope to build the facility next to the current biosolids processing facility in order to assist with biosolids processing to make a topsoil to offer the community.
Vale Canada and Terrapure Win Environmental Leader Award for Innovative Mine Rehabilitation Project
Sudbury, ON, Canada (5/15/19) - Terrapure Environmental and Vale Canada were recognized for their work managing biosolids during winter months, when farmland application is prohibited and storage is complicated. Terrapure and Vale developed a program to apply treated biosolids to the Central Tailings Area for reclamation and revegetation.
Organic Waste Reclaiming Mine Waste Produces Award-Winning Solution
Vale Tailings Project in Sudbury Recognized
System Turns Sludge into Biogas
Lausanne, Switzerland (5/14/19) - Swiss company TreaTech has developed a new system that can turn sludge into mineral salts and biogas. Biogas and phosphorus are the two products of interest.
Turning Wastewater Sludge into Energy and Mineral Salts
News from Within the MABA Region