Biosolids NewsClips 11-29-18

News from Within the MABA Region

Report: EPA Unable to Assess the Impact of Hundreds of Unregulated Pollutants in Land-Applied Biosolids on Human Health and the Environment
EPA, National (11/15/18) - The report from the EPA's Office of Inspector General's review on the EPA’s Biosolids Program has been released. “The EPA identified 352 pollutants in biosolids but cannot yet consider these pollutants for further regulation due to either a lack of data or risk assessment tools. Pollutants found in biosolids can include pharmaceuticals, steroids and flame retardants.” There is a podcast that accompanies the report on the page linked in the title.
EPA Lacks Data for More Than 300 Pollutants in Treated Waste; La Crosse Spreads 12 Million Gallons a Year on Fields
EPA Watchdog Questions Safety of Sewage Used as Fertilizer
LETTER: Canada lags behind on rules for biosolids

EPA Electronic Reporting Training for Biosolids Generators
EPA, National (11/26/18) - We have learned that the EPA has seen many mistakes with public agency electronic submissions of Part 503 Annual Reports. What is more, the system is still under development. The EPA is offering training sessions to to assist biosolid users to electronically report their annual biosolids data.The 2018 Biosolids Electronic Annual Program Report Training will provide participants with an overview of Biosolids Annual Report and background information to the eRule and how it affected the development of the Electronic Biosolids Form. The training will explain access request process as well as provide a demo of how to complete the Electronic Biosolids Form. Find out what all this means in the link in the title or follow this direct link to registration.

EPA Recognizes Wilmington, Delaware’s Renewable Energy and Biosolids Facility for Excellence and Innovation in Clean Water Infrastructure
Wilmington, DE (11/21/18) - “Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it has recognized Wilmington, Delaware’s renewable energy and biosolids facility for excellence and innovation. The Wilmington facility was one of 30 clean water infrastructure projects honored within the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program.” Read more about the CWSRF PISCES Program.

If Not the Landfill, then Where? Nutrients Take Different Paths Back to the Land in Frederick
Frederick County, MD (11/22/18) - Frederick County has been discussing how they might reclaim nutrients for soil through food waste. This article explores some of the challenges and technicalities of biosolids management in Frederick County and what the city is considering for recycling other organics.

Biosolids Safety Stirs Debate
Harrisburg, PA (11/23/18) - The Pennsylvania State Council of Farm Organizations held a discussion about biosolids during its meeting Monday at the state Ag Department building. Individuals in support of the land application of biosolids as well as people against beneficial spoke at the discussion.

Biosolids Still Center of Debate
Lincoln County, VA (11/6/18) - City and county officials in Newport, despite defending the spreading of biosolids on farmland in areas in the east part of the county, are openly and loudly criticized by locals in the county’s eastern communities who protest against the use of biosolids on rural county lands. The Save Our Siletz River Facebook group is a digital space where community members of Lincoln County communicate and post anti-biosolids information.
County Expecting Biosolid Test Results Any Time

Residents Present Sludge Plant Objections to DEP
Pen Argyl, PA (11/8/18) - Synagro’s proposal to build a biosolids treatment facility in partnership with Green Knight Economic Development Corp. moves forward and continues to attract attention from the community. “The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection held back-to-back events at Wind Gap Middle School lasting more than three hours – a public meeting where residents could ask questions about the project and a separate public hearing for DEP to gather testimony as it reviews four separate permit applications for the facility.”
Large Crowd Expected Tonight for Hearing on Controversial Sewage-Sludge Plant in Slate Belt
Community Says They Don't Want Sludge Processing Plant

Company Applies to Spread Biosolids on Scottsville Farms
Albemarle County, VA (11/12/18) - Synagro is applying to expand an existing permit to spread biosolids on participating farms in Albemarle County, VA. The modification would allow Synagro to deposit the biosolids on 2,447 acres at Nutmeg Farm and Greenmont Farm in Scottsville. Aaron L. Mills, an environmental science professor at the University of Virginia was interviewed for this article to provide some insight into the land application of biosolids.

News from Beyond the MABA Region

NEBRA Seeks New Executive Director
North East Biosolids & Residuals Organization (11/26/18) - NEBRA is seeking a new Executive Director. When the new Executive Director is hired, current ED Ned Beecher will become Projects Lead, focusing on PFAS and other project work through 2019 and, likely, beyond. This is a beneficial, mutually-agreeable succession plan for NEBRA, developed by the Board of Directors. If you have any questions, contact President and Search Committee Chair Tom Schwartz or the NEBRA office. The title links to the job description.

$7m Biosolids, Transportation and Recycling Deal for FCC in Texas
Garland, TX (11/21/18) - FCC Environmental Services, the US subsidiary of the environmental services division of Spanish firm FCC group, has been awarded three new contracts in the state of Texas including one contract for the management of all the biosolids for the City of the Garland’s water treatment system, including transportation to the city landfill.

Newport to Haul Biosolids to Wren
Newport, OR (11/20/18) - “The Newport City Council voted Monday night to haul biosolids to a farm outside the city after receiving word from the state’s Department of Environmental Quality that the city can no longer spread biosolids on airport grounds, which had been a regular practice with the city.” After the Newport City’s pasteurization system broke down, necessitating repairs and a lack of storage facility the facility will now transport biosolids to a farm in Wren where they will be dry stored and land applied.

Biosolids NewsClips 11-8-18

News from Within the MABA Region

Synagro Receives Taft Community Garden’s 2018 Friend of the Garden Award
Baltimore, MD (11/6/18) - Synagro received the Taft Community Garden’s (TCG) 2018 Friend of the Garden Award at the organization’s Fall Into Gardening Event.

Officials: Sludge Dumped on Farm ‘Just Compacted Dirt’
Bradford, PA (10/30/18) - Biosolids application prompted a concerned call to the local newspaper.

Proposed Slate Belt Sludge-Treatment Plant to be Subject of State Hearing
Plainfield Township, PA (10/19/18) - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will host a public meeting and take testimony from experts on the Slate Belt Heat Recovery Project on November 7. People will be able to ask questions regarding permit applications for the project.
DEP Hearing Set for Proposed Slate Belt Sludge Processing Plant

Slate Belt Township to Ban Sewage-Based Fertilizer on Municipal Property
Upper Mount Bethel Township, PA (10/23/18) - “Township supervisors voted Monday to support the prohibition of using fertilizer made from sewage treatment plant sludge on township-owned land... A vote for a formal ordinance for the biosolids prohibition on township land is scheduled for the board's Nov. 12 meeting.”

Information on Treated Sewage Fertilizer
Loudoun, VA (10/22/18) - “Members of the Board of Supervisors are still looking for options to address complaints about the use of treated sewage sludge to fertilize farmland.” The Virginia DEQ received an unusually high number of complaints about an application in Lucketts. When it was examined the application matched the general biosolids activity within the state. One supervisor suggested that the high level of complaints is because agricultural land where biosolids is applied is very close to pseudo- or semi-residential or residential neighborhoods.

News from Beyond the MABA Region

Council Seems Ready to OK Biosolids Contract
Austin, TX (10/31/18) - “The latest chapter in the city’s quest to sign a new contract for handling biosolids at the Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant appears to be nearing its end after two and half years of struggle.” After three separate rounds requesting contractor proposals it seems as though Synagro has been recommended by the water and wastewater commission every time.
At long last, Council Approves Biosolids Contract

Long Beach Makes Zoning Changes, Moves Ahead on Biosolids Project
Long Beach, WA (11/17/18) - The city of Long Beach is looking to build a biosolids treatment facility. They recently approved Resolution 2018-13, authorizing the receipt of a state revolving-fund loan to help fund the construction of the plant.

What Stinks in Northeast Clovis? Exactly What You Think it is
Kern County, CA (10/17/18) - This report informs residents of the odors they might notice due to a recent land application of Liberty Compost & Recycling.

Paper Factory Sludge Spread on Farms Causes Concerns Decades Later
Otsego, MI (10/19/18) - In the late 1980s the Menasha paper factory started land applying sludge on farmland in Otsego. Testing in 1992 showed dioxin present in the sludge, but according to the DEQ it was at levels below the DEQ and EPA residential criteria level. Decades later, the DEQ is pointing to the sludge as a possible source of dioxin contamination found in nearby drinking wells.
Tests Show PFAS, Dioxin-Like Chemicals in Otsego-Area Wells

Business News Round Up - Oct. 19
Water & Waste Digest (10/19/18) - “The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago received commendation from the National Biosolids Partnership for being a NBP Platinum member for a decade. The achievement was observed at the annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference held this year at the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.”

Two Workers Injured Wednesday Inside Sewage Sludge Dryer at Milorganite Fertilizer Factory on Jones Island
Milwaukee, WI (10/31/18) - Two workers were injured while repairing the inside of a sewage sludge dryer at the Milorganite fertilizer factory. None of the injuries were life threatening, but one worker was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Hagerstown Wastewater Upgrades Entering Final Stage
Hagerstown, MD (10/31/18) - The second half of a modernization project at Hagerstown's wastewater treatment plant is expected to get underway early next year. The Hagerstown City Council agreed to allocate funds to complete the first phase of work that includes a new storage facility and equipment needed to process sludge waste that is then converted into pellets for disposal by a third party.

News from Abroad

Lystek Announces Commercial Scale Mobile Thermal Hydrolysis Processing Unit – A First for Biosolids in North America
Cambridge, ON, Canada (11/1/18) - Lystek International has announced the commercialization of its first, low temperature, low pressure mobile Thermal Hydrolysis Processing unit (Lystek Mobile THP®). This technology was developed in response to growing market demand from smaller scale treatment plant operators for sustainable biosolids management solutions.

Phosphorus Recovery – A Voyage From Sewage Sludge To Johannes Vermeer
Science Trends (10/15/18) - This research project is about the process and benefits of extracting phosphorus from sewage sludge. Researchers found that phosphorus is bound to iron, producing viviante in many treatment processes. They developed a way to collect the viviante and dissolve it to capture the phosphorus. “The process has been patented and will be tested by Wetsus/TU Delft at the pilot scale as part of an EU-funded project (EIT Raw Materials) in the next two years.” To learn more about their research and findings you can access the research article “ Vivianite as The Main Phosphate Mineral in Digested Sewage Sludge and its Role for Phosphate Recovery”.

Voters Fill Grand Hall for KTW Election Forum
Kamloops, BC, Canada (10/15/18) - Kamloops mayoral and council candidates were questioned before an audience of community members. Biosolids were among the topics discussed.
City Has Questions on Biosolids

Salish Soils: Gibsons Biosolids Will No Longer Go Off-Coast
Gibsons, BC, Canada (10/23/18) - The cost of shipping biosolids out of Gibson has been increasing. Recently, Gibson approved a contract with Salish Soils of Sechelt to compost biosolids from the Town’s sewer treatment plant, cutting down costs to the city.
Hamilton Residents Raise a Stink About Sewage Sludge Recycling Pitch

Hamilton, ON, Canada (10/25/18) - Terrapure Environmental is looking to receive permits to start a 12 month pilot program to further processing sludge from the city sewage plant into a fertilizer at an old waste transfer site. Local residents are weary of the plan because of the odors that may come from the plant. Terrapure Environmental has plans to minimize potential odors by directly off-loading trucks into the processing equipment.

CSE Launches Web-Based Tools and Platforms for Wastewater and Faecal Sludge and Septage Management and City-Wide Sanitation Planning
New Delhi, India (10/28/18) - “The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has launched two unique web-based tools and platforms to help cities and individuals in India plan their sanitation interventions and manage wastewater…. SaNi KiT offers a collection of tools to enhance the capability of urban local bodies in India to prepare high quality, city-owned City Sanitation Plans (CSP)....  MOUNT – or Menu on Un-networked Technologies – is an aggregator platform to bring together technological interventions and innovations which can treat wastewater and faecal sludge -- cheaply and energy-efficiently.”

Basingstoke STW Operating Entirely on Energy From Sludge
Basingstoke, UK (10/17/18) - Thames Water recently announced that the Basingstoke Sewage Treatment Works is now producing enough energy from waste to power the whole site. “Energy from sludge, together with wind and solar, generates around a quarter of Thames Water’s energy needs. This has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 66 percent since 2015 and saved the equivalent of £30 million in energy costs last year.”

Biosolids NewsClips 10-17-18

News from Within the MABA Region

ReNEW Water Project Measures Water, Nutrients, Energy Recovered By U.S. Utilities
Water Environment Federation (10/5/18) - The Water Environment Federation’s project, ReNEW, analyzes resource recovery by U.S. water utilities Water Project by using data “from national and state databases, publications, and a utility survey, which represents about 25 percent of municipal wastewater flow and about 20 percent of biosolids produced in the U.S…. The first step was establishing the baseline for current resource recovery practices. Later this fall, WEF will announce goals for water utilities to increase resource recovery from baseline levels. New data will be collected on a biannual basis and expanded to Canadian water facilities.”

Stench of Sewer Sludge Raises Concerns in Loudoun Co.
Leesburg, VA (10/3/18) - Neighbors of a farm that recently applied biosolids on its fields in Loudoun County are complaining about odors and an drastic increase in flies lured to the application site. Members of the county board of supervisors expressed interest in developing legislation that would enable more local control over the application of Class B biosolids.
County Board Summons Virginia DEQ About Biosolids Sites
'It A Smell of Human Feces:' Loudoun County Residents Raise a Stink Over Bio-solid Fertilizer
Concerns Over Biosolids in Loudoun Feels Like a ‘Science Experiment’
Farm Neighbors Renew Objections to Use of Biosolid Fertilizer

Kingston to Appeal Decision in Sludge Lawsuit with Pellet Maker Aslan
Kingston, NY (10/4/18) - The city of Kingston has been trying to sever a contract with the Aslan Environmental, the company leasing pellet-making equipment for use at the city's wastewater treatment plant. The system began operation in 2007 and in 2015 the system failed when the main shaft stopped working correctly. While in the process of hiring an engineer to design and manufacture a new main shaft, the city took legal action for breach of contract. The city also claims the company engaged in fraud and bid-rigging when it obtained its contract in 2004. This article explains the details of the court’s ruling. The city will appeal this decision.

News from Beyond the MABA Region

EPA Approves New Equipment for Bath Twp. Biosolid Treatment Facility
Bath Township, OH (10/2/18) - The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has agreed to let the biosolids treatment facility run by Dovetail Energy LLC add more heat tanks and a new feedstock tank. This will improve the quality of the biosolids produced to address concerns of odor and public health.
EPA Issues Permit-to-Install at Local Facility

Synagro Wins Contract to Operate Greater Lawrence Sanitary District’s Dryer
Merrimack Valley, MA (10/2/18) - Synagro recently announced it has been contracted to operate and maintain a biosolids drying facility owned by the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District (GLSD). The facility produces a class A biosolids and is working to become an energy neutral facility utilizing sustainable resources and digester gas to fuel its dryers.

Lystek Thermal Hydrolysis Process Commissioned in the City of St. Cloud, MN, as a Key Component in its Nutrient Recovery/Reuse Project
Cloud, MN (10/5/18) - Lystek has commissioned another installment of its low temperature Thermal Hydrolysis Process (Lystek THP) at the City of St. Cloud, Minnesota, as part of the city's Nutrient Recovery and Reuse (NR2) Project. The plant has a design flow of 17.9 MGD and and will produce a class A biosolids using Lystek’s process. “The model project was partially funded through a grant made possible by the Minnesota Clean Water Legacy Act, which aims to fund on the ground organizations to protect and restore waterways.
Lystek Thermal Hydrolysis Process Commissioned as Part of Nutrient Recovery/Reuse Project

News from Abroad

We Need More Carbon in Our Soil to Help Australian Farmers Through the Drought
Orange, New South Wales, Australia (10/11/18) - Soils in Australia are under constant stress from droughts. Climate change will only exacerbate the issue. In order to improve soils structure to hold more water farmers are looking for ways to increase the organic content in soils. One farmer in NSW has demonstrated the benefits of applying biosolids to his farmland through corn production. Land that has received biosolids showed increased crop growth.

NWSC, Water for People to Make Briquettes from Faecal Sludge
Kampala, Uganda (10/11/18) - The National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) on recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Water for People Uganda to produce briquettes made from sewage sludge as a substitute for wood fuel and charcoal.

Biosolids NewsClips 10-5-18

News from Within the MABA Region

Orege Signs SLG Solution Agreement with Town of Hammonton, New Jersey
Hammonton, NJ (9/24/18) - “Orege announced the signing of a 10-year SLG® Solution lease agreement with the Town of Hammonton, New Jersey.” Hammonton is located between Philadelphia and Atlantic City, in a region where biosolids management is a sensitive environmental challenge.
 
Plainfield Township Appeals DEP's Ruling on Proposed Sludge Treatment Plant
Plainfield Township, PA (9/14/18) - “Plainfield Township officials say they disagree with the state's decision to waive permits for a former quarry collecting stormwater near a proposed sewage treatment facility.” The quarry is currently used as a sedimentation basin for the landfill and will continue to be used in that manner. Those that are in objection are worried that continued use of the basin and adding fill to the quarry will cause contamination of the water.

News from Beyond the MABA Region

Human Waste Contributes to Nutrient Overload
Okeechobee, FL (9/12/18) - Based on this article, Florida has been tough on eliminating phosphorus from dairy runoff, but has not been as strict on land appliers of biosolids. The distribution of Class AA biosolids fertilizer products is not regulated and regulations for other biosolids have come about slowly.

Ohio EPA Approves Wayne County Biosolids Lagoon
Wooster, OH (9/25/18) - Buckeye Biogas, a subsidiary of Quasar Energy, received permit approval from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to install a 9.2 million gallon biosolids storage pond in Wayne County. Biosolids leaving the facility will be Class B.


Are Colorado Crops Being Fertilized with Human Waste?
Colorado (9/22/18) - This article highlights the use of biosolids on farmland in Colorado. It cites a study by the USGS with the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District as well as some reporting from the Colorado Sun “Where Does Our Poop End Up? Probably Spread On Farmland in Eastern Colorado”.

Petition Slams City’s New Rural Sludge Site
Alexander Township, OH (9/23/18) - The city of Athens plans to apply biosolids to land owned by Ohio University. Residents living near the field started a petition listing physical, mental, and environmental health risks associated with the land application of biosolids.

Materials in Boise’s Compost Bin go to Special Facility
Boise, MO (9/24/18) - Twenty Mile South Farm, owned and operated by the City of Biose, uses biosolids from the city water renewal facilities to fertilize its fields where alfalfa, corn and winter wheat are grown. Separate from the biosolids program, the farm receives organic material from the City of Biose that is composted and available for residents’ use.

City Runs into Sewage Sludge Problem
Huntington, OH (9/27/18) - A landfill in Ohio stopped accepting the city of Huntington’s biosolids, complaining of a bad odor. Now the city will need to find a new solution for disposing of their sewage sludge.
Editorial: City Must Minimize Rate Increases in Sludge Issue
Huntington Officials Working to Combat Sewer Sludge Problem

San Juan Bautista City Council Approves Sludge Removal Contract
San Juan Bautista, CA (9/26/18) - The San Juan Bautista City Council approved a contract with Synagro to haul 370 tons of the 400 tons of sewage sludge they have in their storage ponds. City officials hope to have further discussion with Synagro to have the full 400 tons removed for $400,000.

Area Sewer Treatment Plant Upgrades to Move Forward With $2.75 Million Loan
Webb City, MO (9/28/18) - Upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment facility will fund the installation of a zinc-contaminated sludge remover and a dryer. This step will allow the plant to add the resulting dried sludge to compost for topsoil used in land cleanup projects.

News from Abroad

Precious Metals in Sewage Sludge
University of Wolverhampton, England (9/26/18) - Researchers at the University of Wolverhampton have set up a research project exploring the value of extracting the precious materials out of sewage sludge. The “ultimate goal of this research, is to develop a one-point process where optimal extraction of precious materials can be obtained from sewage sludge. The recovery processes may include physical, chemical and biological applications and the overall cost will depend on the efficiency and complexity of each recovery method.”

City of Kamloops Still Exploring Options for Biosolids
Kamloops, BC, Canada (9/25/18) - The city of Kamloops’ Biosolids Management Stakeholder Committee presented an update on their search to find a way to manage the 12,500 metric tons of biosolids produced at the sewage treatment center. One suggestion from the committee was to put more effort into educating the public about biosolids and their potential use.
City Still Investigating How to Manage Biosolids
The City's Looking at Putting Your Rotten Food with Your Treated Poop

Biosolids NewClips 9-13-2018

News from Within the MABA Region

Plainfield Township Reviews Sludge Plant Proposal
Pen Argyl, PA (9/7/18) - The Plainfield Township Planning Commission began reviewing documents and testimony for the proposed Slate Belt Heat Recovery Center.

Wastewater Treatment Challenges in Food Processing and Agriculture
Water Technology (8/31/18) - The variety of processing techniques used in the food industry and the abundance of nutrients leftover makes managing wastewater from food processing plants difficult. The types of treatment technologies for processing fruits and vegetables, fish, meat and poultry, dairy products, and fats and oils are presented in this article. Food and agricultural wastes are idea for biogas production in anaerobic digesters.

News from Beyond the MABA Region

Farmer Defends His Spread
Siletz, OR (9/12/18) - This farmerJerry Kosydar, is a proponent of biosolids. Other community members argue that biosolids are harming water quality in the Siletz River, but Kosydar wants to see solid proof that biosolids are the culprit and not various other factors.

News from Abroad

New Research Reports Ability of Sewage Sludge to Form Sustainable Fertilizer
Madagascar (9/10/18) - Pro-biosolids research coming out of University of Antananarivo in Madagascar. Check out the article in the open-access journal Frontiers.

Septic Biosolids the Source of That Putrid Smell in Kamloops
Kamloops, BC, Canada (9/1/18) - The city of Kamloops has been made aware that there had been an unscheduled application of the city’s stockpile of biosolids on local land. The specific odor coming from the applied biosolids created a sturr in the community. To see how the City of Kamloops is acting in response to this issues, read “Kamloops is Looking for a New Contractor to Deal with Your Crap”.
If There's a Smell in The Air, and It's Near the Domtar Mill, it Isn't Always Domtar

Increasing Biogas Yields from Thickened Sludge
Essex, UK (9/6/18) - Anglian Water uses a heating pasteurisation hydrolysis digestion process that pre-conditions a thickened sludge before anaerobic digestion to produce biogas and biosolids. In order to create a thickened sludge suitable for the system, Anglian Water commissioned SEEPEX to supply pump technology to adapt their pump performance to increase the throughput of the heat exchanger.

Whanganui Tannery Pulls Chrome Out of Wastewater
Whanganui, New Zealand (9/7/18) - Whanganui company Tasman Tanning plans to commission a plant to remove chrome from its wastewater going to the Whanganui wastewater treatment plant. The plant had received no pressure from the Whanganui District Council and  has instead taken this initiative with a vision for being more environmentally friendly. This action also improves the quality of the dried sludge produced at the treatment plant and opens the possibility of the plant producing a biosolids fertilizer rather than landfilling the material.

Biosolids NewsClips 8-31-18

News from Within the MABA Region

Lockport Sewage Treatment Plant Needs Work
Lockport, NY (8/26/18) - Biosolids at Lockport wastewater treatment plant are pressed and then transported to a composting facility to be further treated and mixed with wood-chips to create a compost. Now the facility is reaching the end of its life and officials are deciding whether to stick with that process or introduce a drying system in the plant that could produce biosolids that would be ready for land application without composting and mixing with wood-chips.

Used on Fauquier Farms for Years, Biosolids Still Raise a Stink
Casanova, VA (8/24/18) - Virginia’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission performed a study reviewing research about the risks biosolids pose to the environment and human health and examined the state’s regulations. “The study concluded that state rules for biosolids generally protect human health and water quality.” The study does acknowledge some risks involved with biosolids and recommends that the Virginia Department of Health research the effect on people in close proximity to farms receiving biosolids and to test biosolids to determine their levels of pathogens. This article shares views from the community members in Casanova - a farmer using biosolids, spreader land applying the solids and neighbors unhappy with the practice.

Design-Build Team Selected for Piscataway WRRF Bioenergy Plant
Prince George County, Maryland (8/16/18) - “The design-build team of PC Construction, Stantec, and Hazen and Sawyer recently announced it has been selected to design and construct the first phase of Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s $250 million Piscataway Water Resource Recovery Facility Bio-Energy Project in Prince George’s County, Maryland.” The new technologies will help reduce the facility’s greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent while reducing the quantity of biosolids produced and increasing the quality to a Class A product.

Permits Requested for Slate Belt Sewage Processing Plant
Plainfield, PA (8/18/18) - Synagro has completed all the necessary permit applications with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. This was a necessary step to continue Plainfield Township’s planning development process for the proposed Slate Belt Heat Recovery Center.

News from Beyond the MABA Region

Plastic Pollution: 'Stop Flushing Contact Lenses Down the Loo'
Arizona State University (8/19/18) - Contacts are amongst the plastics entering wastewater treatment plants and reaching agricultural land through land application. Researchers at Arizona State University estimate that about 13,000 kg of plastics from contacts reach our soils. The authors of the study encourage people to recycle lenses when possible or throw them away with other non recyclable wastes.
Don't Throw Those Contact Lenses Down the Drain
How Flushed Contact Lenses Add to Microplastic Pollution in Waterways
Stop Dumping Your Used Contact Lenses in the Sink and Toilet, Report Pleads

Where to Use Human Waste as Fertilizer—and Irrigation
University of Illinois (8/21/18) - Researchers at the University of Illinois are exploring how using water from wastewater treatment plants may address irrigation and nutrient needs on farms near cities. The study looks at cities around the world and the feasibility of transporting wastewater to agricultural fields rather that processed biosolids.
Study: Human Wastewater Valuable to Global Agriculture, Economics

$32,000 Shed Will House City of Oak Harbor’s Biosolids
Oak Harbor, WA (8/28/18) - The new biosolids treatment facility processing biosolids for Oak Harbor’s treatment facility is waiting for approval to build a storage structure for their biosolids. The solids will be sent to Boulder Park Project in Eastern Washington. Thirty-five treatment plants send their biosolids to the Boulder Park Project to be spread on agricultural land. “The operation is jointly operated and managed by King County and Boulder Park, Inc.”

News from Abroad

Push on to Break Down Stinky Stigma of Human Waste as Council Offers Free Biosolids to Growers
Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia (8/13/18) - Bundaberg Regional Council is running a trial program for farmers offering them free biosolids. One farmer producing macadamia nuts used the biosolids to rebuild soils previously depleted from a monoculture of sugarcane. The trees treated with biosolids have grown faster than other trees and the soils where biosolids were applied are more open and capable of higher water retention.

Biosolid Removal from Lagoons Could Generate 'Some Odours'
Orillia, ON, Canada (8/27/18) - The city of Orillia created a news release giving a heads up that they will be removing biosolids from the Wastewater Treatment Centre’s storage lagoons. There may be odors!

Biosolids NewsClips 8-15-18

News from Within the MABA Region

Persistent Pollutant Broken Down by Sludge Microbe
New Jersey Institute of Technology (8/2/18) - “Mengyan Li and colleagues at New Jersey Institute of Technology have isolated a bactirium that degrades the pollutant 1,4-dioxane… In the current study, Li’s team found that the DD4 bacterium degraded dioxane and 1,1-DCE in both lab media and contaminated groundwater samples over time and continued to reduce their levels to low enough concentration ranges to satisfy the remediation goals set by several U.S. states.”

Ruling OK's Biosolids — for One Wheatfield Farm
Wheatfield, NY (8/12/18) - New York State Supreme Court has determined that Wheatfield’s law, banning the use of biosolids on town farm land, unreasonably restricts the use of biosolids as fertilizer, according to a ruling handed down last month.

Synagro Announced as Winner of the Global Water Award of Distinction for Water Deal of the Year
Baltimore, MD (8/7/18) - Synagro has been named as the winner of the Global Water Award of Distinction for “Water Deal of the Year” for the financing of a biosolids facility in partnership with the City of Hamilton, Ontario.

Proposed House Bill Would Give Municipalities Control on Sludge Use
Harrisburg, PA (8/12/18) - The proposed House Bill 2281 in Pennsylvania will allow municipalities to adopt and enforce ordinances regulating the deposit, testing, disposal or land application of biosolid material. The bill would also allow a municipality to veto a permit approved by the DEP for the land application of this material. “The proposed bill has been referred to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy. The committee can either send the bill back to the house for a vote or it can choose not to act, essentially killing the bill.”

New from Beyond the MABA Region

SFPUC Receives Loan To Upgrade Wastewater Facilities
San Francisco, CA (7/31/18) - The EPA will issue its largest loan to date under the EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act. San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will receive $699 million in loans that will help fund the SFPUC's Southeast Treatment Plant Biosolids Digester Facilities Project.
WIFIA Program Closes 2 New Load in California
New Federal Water Infrastructure Loans are Rolling Out (WIFIA)
San Francisco Granted $699m for Wastewater Infrastructure Upgrades

Disposal of Sewage From Urban Areas Contributes to Phosphorus Load to Lake
Lake Okeechobee, FL (8/3/18) - Lake Okeechobee’s is experiencing phosphorus overloading that is attributed to biosolids application in the watershed. The Florida Audubon society has reported on the extent to which phosphorus was applied through land application. There have been a few bills passed to reduce and regulate biosolids application in Florida, but in their 2009 report, Audubon Florida called on the State of Florida, wastewater utilities, and landowners to end the practice of land application of biosolids in the Lake Okeechobee watershed.
Simple Fix for the ‘Biosolids’ Problem
Fellsmere Joins Indian River County in Imposing 180-day Biosolids Moratorium

From Trash to Gas in South Yarmouth
Yarmouth, MA (8/2/18) - “Yarmouth has begun a 9-month, no-obligation exploratory period with Genesis Industrial Group, intended to allow the company time to examine the feasibility of installing an anaerobic digestion facility at an industrially-zoned parcel of town-owned land.”

Who’s In Town
Monterey, CA (8/9/18) - “The California Association of Sanitation Agencies is in town for its 63rd annual conference with keynote speaker Chad Pregracke, founder and president of Living Lands and Waters. Pregracke is the 2013 CNN Hero of the Year for his work cleaning up rivers and author of the book "'From the Bottom Up: One Man’s Crusade to Clean America’s Rivers'.”

New Sludge Facility in Los Lunas
Los Lunas, NM (8/8/18) -  Last NewsClips we shared the article “Governor Celebrates New Los Lunas Facility” covering the village of Los Lunas’ groundbreaking event last month for its new sludge management facility at its wastewater treatment plant. There is still excitement around the new facility under construction and there is talk about beneficial use in parks and a marketable biosolids product.

News from Abroad

Biosolids Help Farmers Improve Their Soil for Crops
Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia (8/9/18) - Biosolids supplied by the Bundaberg Regional Council have been effectively incorporated into the soil around a section of a farmers juvenile nut trees with promising results and now he is encouraging other growers to consider doing the same. “The use of biosolids on the orchard has proven so beneficial that he has already worked with council to apply it to 20 hectares of fallow soil ready for the planting of an additional 6500 trees.


Worms Work Their Way Through Sewage Sludge and Lake Weed
Taupō, New Zealand (8/10/18) - Taupō's biggest worm farm accepts about 2000 metric tonnes of sewage sludge, 3500 metric tons of paper pulp and 500 metric tons of milk waste a year. The facility is about to increase the material it can accept, adding organic waste from cafes and restaurants. The goal of the facility is up-cyling, producing a compost to increase soil quality.

Biosolids Newsclips 6-7-18

News from Within the MABA Region

Synagro Sewage Sludge Treatment Plant is Back Before Township
Plainfield Township, NY (5/28/18) - Plainfield Township officials are working toward making a decision by August 31, 2018, on whether to approve the construction of Synagro’s Slate Belt Heat Recovery Center.

Bio-Energy Project to Save More Than $3M for Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
Laurel, MD (5/18/18) - Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Commissioners approved the first phase of a $250 million project to build and design the Piscataway Bio-Energy Projected at the Piscataway Water Resource Recovery Facility. The first phase is to allow WSSC to begin design and early construction of the facility. “The new facility will reduce the amount of biosolids left over from the treatment process and the remaining solids will be a Class A material.

News from Beyond the MABA Region

Febreze Freshens Up Alabama Town After Poop Train Rolls On
Parrish, AL (5/17/18) - With the train carts filled with biosolids gone from Parrish, a van carrying Febreze air fresheners passed out free samples to people in the town.
Febreze Presents: Breathe Happy, Parrish

Students to Make Presentation on Biosolids in Stevenson Tuesday Night
Stevenson, AL (5/21/18) - A group of middle school students that have conducted research on biosolids plan to present their findings of the pros and cons of land application at their schools auditorium. Local residents have been fighting to get biosolids out of their community and the students point to their research as an additional source showing the hazards of biosolids.

Omaha Produces a Lot of Sewage Sludge. Should it be Composted? An Entrepreneur Thinks So
Omaha, NE (5/23/18) - The City of Omaha is currently producing a compost fertilizer using yard waste from the city and is paying to have its biosolids stored and applied on local farms. Andy Harpenau, founder of Soil Dynamics in Gretna, said the city should consider mixing sludge with yard waste to make a product that he says would be better than the city-made Oma-Gro compost. It is an opportune time for this topic to be discussed considering the City of Omaha is now looking at what to ask for under its next waste collection contract. This contract will determine how yard waste and garbage will be collected for the next decade.
Entrepreneur Proposes Sludge-Yard Waste Compost for Omaha

Cambridge, Mass., Mixes Food Waste With Sewage Sludge
Cambridge, MA (5/23/18) - The city of Cambridge mixes a portion of food scraps pulled from its Curbside Composting program with sewage sludge at the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District wastewater treatment plant. The combination of food and sludge is anaerobically digested to produce methane and the resulting material is dried and made into a pellet fertilizer. Some residents feel the city is being dishonest by not composting all of the food scraps and using them in producing a fertilizer they claim to be toxic.

Plans Move Forward for Alton's Resource Recover Center, Now Named 'Alton Organic Energy'
Alton, IL (5/25/18) - City of Alton is moving forward with its renamed facility Alton Organic Energy that they plan to develop into a regional operation. “It is projected that Alton Organic Energy will accept and digest approximately 550 tons per day of substrates. The gas that is produced at the facility will offset the use of about 7,700 gallons of diesel fuel every day. The facility will serve as a model for future waste-to-energy projects looking to utilize municipal biosolids, animal manure, and other cellulosic wastes as a substrate for energy generation.”

Residents Opposed to Mason 'Septic Lagoon' Despite State Paving Way for Approval
Union, WA (6/1/18) - “Bio Recycling is awaiting a permit approval from Mason County and the Department of Ecology to move forward with plans to build a double-lined lagoon to store treated biosolids, amid outcry from community members.” Ecology and Mason County released a response to the comments in mid-May, noting that many of the concerns raised through public comment have been addressed or are irrelevant. Bio Recycling produces a Class B biosolid that is sprayed on their 293-acre site year-round. The lagoon will help store treated wastewater and septage for winter months.

Is Blue Cypress Lake phosphorus pollution from Pressley Ranch's biosolids?
Blue Cypress Lake, FL (6/1/18) - Several environmentalists claim that a lake close to a ranch is being polluted by runoff caused by land applied biosolids. The watershed has seen an increase in biosolids applications since application was banned in other nearby river basins. There is no direct link showing that biosolids are causing the increase in phosphorus.
Blue Cypress Lake, Indian River Lagoon Being Impaired by Human Waste | Guest Column

Two Harbors Looks to Future of Wastewater Treatment Facility
Two Harbors, MN (6/1/18) - Two Harbors City Council held a public hearing recently, to present information on the wastewater treatment facility plan. The plan, presented by Brian Guldan, environmental project engineer at Bolton and Menk, and Luke Heikkila, Two Harbors water and wastewater plant superintendent, focuses on changes to biosolids handling and ways to address the plants ability to limit nitrogen. This article presents the 5 options planners are considering.

Biosolids Pose Risk
Waxahachie, TX (6/2/18) - Craig Monk suggests the use of biosolids is motivated by corporate greed.

State Regulators OK $6 Million Stevens Point Water and Sewer Office Project
Madison, WI (6/5/18) - State regulators have given Stevens Point approval to build new office and storage space that will begin a series of changes for the city’s water and sewer departments. The new constructions will give the plant the capacity to convert an existing building to the sewer utility’s biosolids operations, where sewage, now 97 percent liquid and land spread, will be dried to nearly 99 percent solid and given away.

News From Abroad

Irish Water Applies to Upgrade Ringsend Treatment Plant
Dublin, Ireland (6/6/18) - Irish Water is upgrading the Ringsend waste water treatment plant in Dublin. The upgrades will include introducing an aerobic granular sludge technology to produce a biosolids that can be land applied.

Albury Council Selects Synergy Resource Management to Dispose of Biosolids from Kremur Street wastewater Treatment Plant
Albury, New South Wales, Australia (5/29/18) - Albury Council selected Synergy Resource Management’s plans to build a fully enclosed shed at the Waterview facility where it proposes to store, dry and further stabilise their biosolid product before being re-used at several undisclosed farming sites in the region.

Severn Trent’s £60M Plant Becoming Operational
Midlands and mid-Wales, England (5/30/18) - Severn Trent’s new thermal hydrolysis plant is starting to become operational. The plant treats wastewater for eight million people across the Midlands and mid-Wales, with 100 tonnes of sludge being processed on a daily basis. The facility produces both power for use in the works and gas for injection into the national grid and a treated sludge that can be dried and then applied to agricultural fields as fertilizer.

What Farmers Need To Do To Use Sewage Sludge Safely
United Kingdom (6/1/18) - This article shares useful links and general guidelines that farmers interested in land applying biosolids should know.

Letter: Problem with Biosolids is Pharmaceutical Drugs, Heavy Metals and More
Kamloops, BC, Canada (5/20/18) - This letter to the editor argues pollutants are the biggest issues with biosolids, not odor.

We Have No Idea How Much Microplastic is in Australia's Soil (But it Could Be a Lot)
Australia (5/21/18) - “Norwegian research estimates that in Europe and North America, between 110,000 and 730,000 tonnes of microplastic are transferred to agricultural soils each year.” This article looks at what is known, and some questions that need to be answered.

Barnhartvale Residents Warned About Next Spread of Biosolids
Barnhartvale, BC, Canada (5/22/18) - “City of Kamloops contractor Sylvis will be spreading biosolids in Barnhartvale near the end of the month and the city is warning residents about odour from the final application.” This is the last scheduled land application in the region, as of now. The Ministry of Environment is reviewing the organics matter recycling regulation governing the use of biosolids in B.C., with proposed changes expected this summer.
No New Biosolids Will Be Trucked in, Barnhartvale Residents Told
Biosolids Company Seeking Permit

Biosolids Newsclips 5-18-18

News from Within the MABA Region

Santabarbara Introduces Sewage Sludge Facility Legislation
Fultonville, NY (5/11/18) - New York State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara continues to push for increased regulations on sewage sludge facilities. Santabarbara introduced new legislation, that if passed, will require the state Department of Environmental Conservation — in cooperation with the Department of Health — to immediately undertake a review of potential environmental and health risks associated with biosolid sewage sludge processing facilities.
The bill would also require “DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos to prepare and deliver a report to the New York State Legislature that includes the latest data, research and studies along with its findings and recommendations. The bill calls for a one-year moratorium to complete the report with additional one year extensions as needed.”

New from Beyond the MABA Region

St. Petersburg City Council Learns Nothing Solid About Biosolids
St. Petersburg, FL (5/4/18) - The city of St. Petersburg has planned to convert wastewater byproducts into methane gas at the Southwest Water Reclamation Facility. That biogas would then be integrated into the natural gas distribution system for TECO Peoples Gas. The utility planned to set up infrastructure so the city could then use this byproduct to power its sanitation trucks and the Southwest sewage plant. Since this original plan with a completion date set for April 2019, many uncertainties have been discovered with the feasibility of the project and the saving they predicted.

Rep. Tommy Hanes Says He’s Drafting a New Bill on the Usage, Transportation of Biosolids from Out-of-State
Jackson County, AL (5/4/18) - Congressmen in Alabama are fighting to get the use of biosolids on an election ballot. State Representative Tommy Hanes, R- Scottsboro, proposed a bill that would let the voters decide on biosolids use the passed through the house, and Senate committee meeting, but the bill was moved and was never voted on. “Representative Hanes said his new goal is for the state to vote on the usage of biosolids and if other states are able to transport their waste to Alabama. He says this new bill will be drafted for legislative session next year. If it passes through, it would be two years before the bill would be placed on the ballot.”

Why You’re Not Likely to Read News Reports of a Minnesota Poop Train Stranded in Alabama
Minnesota (5/7/18) - According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency there are no reported freighters transporting biosolids out of the state. Instead  61 percent of biosolids are incinerated, 21 percent are used as farm fertilizer and 18 percent are landfilled. “While there are a few agreements for using poop as fertilizer across state lines, such as in Wisconsin, the majority of biosolids generated in Minnesota are are managed or reused here, says Sherry Bock, biosolids program coordinator for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Is Your Food Grown In Sewage Sludge? Here’s How To Avoid It
Alternative Daily (5/8/18) - This anti-beneficial biosolids use piece raises the common concerns involving land application of biosolids.

Is It Really Safe to Eat Food Grown in Urban Gardens?
TreeHugger (5/14/18) - An aspiring urban gardner interviews Cornell University professor Murray McBride, Robert Hale from Yale University and University of Washington professor Sally Brown to find out what is in biosolids and to determine if there is any need to be worried about using it as a fertilizer.

A Recycling Effort that Shouldn’t Go to Waste
Des Plaines, IL (5/16/18) - Since summer of 2017, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago has been selling its exceptional quality compost to the general public for $10 a cubic yard plus tax at the Harlem Avenue Solids Management Area in Forest View and Calumet Solids Management Area in Chicago. This week, the Kirie Water Reclamation Plant in Des Plaines will give away compost as part of a larger open house the MWRD will have at six plants.

EMB to Farmers: Check Septic Sludge Before Using
Santiago, Isabela, Philippines (5/12/18) - “According to EMB regional director Cesar Siador, reports showed that sludge being sold or dumped by septic tank drainers or collectors are being used by several farmers as organic fertilizers.” Siador advised the material be checked by the Department of Agriculture to ensure it is of sufficient quality.

Project Groundswell to be Discontinued
Queenstowns Lakes, New Zealand (5/3/18) - Plans to develop a solar sludge drying facility have been discontinued after agreement was reached between Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) and the plant’s developer, Fulton Hogan. The agreement to develop the facility was initially signed in 2012, “with commercial negotiations between QLDC and Fulton Hogan beginning after consents were issued in 2014. However, as more detailed information became available it was clear that the initial proposal wasn’t cost effective for either party and late last month both parties agreed to terminate the agreement… Waste from Wanaka and Queenstown’s sewerage treatment plants (Project Pure and Project Shotover) will continue to be transported to the Kings Bend Quarry in Winton where it is mixed with lime and used as a stabiliser.”
Sewage Sludge Going to Winton

Mamit Lake Landowner Says Dam is Fine, but LNIB Can't Get to Rock on His Property
Mamit Lake, BC, Canada (5/7/18) - A landowner states that authorities and the Lower Nicola Indian Band can access a dam, previously thought to need maintenance, but do not have permissions to access rock that was dumped on his property that is now sought to be used as rip-rap for the dam. The landowner, Gordon Garthwaite, says his resistance is due to the band’s support for a moratorium on the spreading of biosolids, something he says he has done on his property for decades. "We even have letters from the Indian band, back in the 1990s, saying that biosolids are the best thing for the land. Then they put up a roadblock because they were in bed with Friends of the Nicola Valley. We can't get any biosolids anymore. So I said, 'If we're not getting any biosolids then you're not getting on our property to get that rock,'" said Garthwaite.
Workers Prevented from Accessing Mamit Lake Dam by Angry Landowner

Council Does Not Go Through the Motions as Pitches from Wallace, Singh Fail
Kamloops, BC, Canada (5/16/18) - A motion to include public consultation and third-party testing in biosolids land application was defeated in a Kamloops City Council meeting.
Singh Wants Public Dialogue, Third-Party Testing Tied to Biosolids Use

Biosolids Dilemma Leads to Formation of City, Neighbourhood Groups
Kamloops, BC, Canada (5/6/18) - The City of Kamloops held its first stakeholder committee meeting which was comprised of city staff and council, along with representation from the TNRD, Tk’emlups te Secwepemc, Interior Health, First Nations Health Authority, Kamloops Stockmen’s Association and the Fraser Basin Council. Wightman said a long-term plan will include a range of applications. The committee aims to find a long term solution to biosolids management. In addition, the city is working with Stantec Consulting to develop a long-term management strategy. The public can go online and subscribe to receive updates from the committee about how planning is progressing and what the committee is doing. A group of residents in Barnhartvale have taken matters into their own hands. They have assembled a 490-signature petition and are taking it to ranches that use biosolids to plead the landowners stop the practice.

Biosolids Newsclips 5-3-18

News from Within the MABA Region

Farm Trying To Use Treated Sewage Sludge as Fertilizer
East Penn Township, PA (4/26/18) - “East Penn Township hired a law firm to appeal a decision by the Department of Environmental Protection, approving Maryland-based company Synagro to use the sludge, also known as biosolids, on Neverdone Farm.”

Proposed Moratorium Targets Lystek Facility in Glen
Glen, NY (4/26/18) - “Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, said he intends to introduce legislation that would halt construction of any new sewer sludge facilities like the ones operated by Canadian firm Lystek. He has also written a letter to New York state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos advocating for the moratorium.”
Lystek Withdraws Interest in Glen Canal View Business Park
NY Lawmaker Issues Call For Statewide Moratorium On Sludge Facilities
Plans for Montgomery County Sewage Sludge Facility Go Down the Toilet

Public Record Remains Open on Allen Harim Permits
Millsboro, DE (4/20/18) - “Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will accept public comment on waste material permit requests from Denali Water Solutions and Clark Environmental Services until Thursday, May 3. At previous public hearings individuals expressed opposition to the permit requests and wanted to get more information from representatives from the two companies. Earlier coverage of this story can be found in the April 20 Newsclips and in the articles “Companies Seek Permit Changes to Haul Nonhazardous Waste from Allen Harim in Millsboro“ and “Citizens Come out Against Allen Harim Permits”.

Waterworld Weekly Newscast, April 23, 2018
Waterworld Weekly (4/23/18) - This newscast touches on the EPAs recent announcement to create rules on the use of blending in wastewater treatment plants, the use of graphene in water treatment and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission recent announcement to update their Southeast Treatment Plant. Part of the upgrade is new biosolids digesters.

News from Beyond the MABA Region

Alabama Mayor: ‘Poop Train’ Finally Empty; Sludge Gone
Parrish, AL (4/19/18) - All the train carts that were sitting in the town of Parrish containing sludge have been emptied according to Parrish Mayor, Heather Hall. New York’s long-term strategy “One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City” has set a goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2030. New York is being forced to find new ways to dispose of their sewage sludge as nearby landfills put a limit on the amount of sludge they accept and as the cost of transporting and disposing sludge increases.
‘Poop Train’ Full of NYC Sewage Raises Stink in Alabama Town
Alabama Deserves Better than Being America’s Toilet
The Week Down in Alabama, and It Smells so Good
GROSS: Thousands of Tons of New York Human Waste Stuck in Alabama with No Plan for Removal

Council Eyes Cost-Savings in Biosolids Dryer, Bus Grant
St. Joseph City, MO (4/25/18) - The St. Joseph City Water Protection facility is looking to bring a biosolid dryer to their facility by 2019. By producing a pellet fertilizer the facility will cut down on equipment cost for land applying biosolids.

Over a Year Later, Eureka Wastewater Plant Project Complete
Eureka, CA (4/26/18) - The Eureka city council is expected to approve a feasibility study into possibly changing how biogas generated at the Eureka Wastewater treatment process plant is used. “Right now, the biogas is used to generate about 42 percent of the plants electricity and keeps the digesters at a steady temperature… but the study will look into possibly scrapping that power and heat generation and use the biogas to turn the class B biosolids — which are generated through the digesters but are stored and trucked out to the area at a high annual cost to the city — into class A biosolids which can be used locally.”

Milorganite Mystery: Homegrown Fertilizer's New Scent Has Officials Sleuthing to Identify Source of Change
Milwaukee, WI (4/30/18) - Employees are residents living near the facility where Milwaukee’s Milorganite fertilizer is produced have noticed a change in its odor. A sample of Milorganite was sent to a lab where Volatile Analysis identified specific chemicals causing various odors. In an attempt to identify what is causing the change in odor they have sent out monitoring crews to collected wastewater samples from sewers downstream of several companies that will be tested for aromatic chemicals. In response to odor complaints, the district will restart a sludge odor control system at a cost of $337,750.

Biosolids Newsclips 4-20-18

News from Within the MABA Region

Farmer Defends Use of Biosolids at DEP Meeting in Dauphin County; Many Neighbors Remain Unsettled
Dauphin County, PA (4/11/18) - Citizens are speaking out about odors coming from a farm that land applied biosolids. The farmer plans to continue using biosolids fertilizer, an action which is supported by the Right to Farm Act.

Companies Seek Permit Changes to Haul Nonhazardous Waste from Allen Harim in Millsboro
Millsboro, DE (4/11/18) - Clark’s Environmental Services and Denali Water Solutions are permitted to haul wastewater for Allen Harim's hatchery. The poultry producer is waiting for approval to house a new deboning operation in Millsboro which would require additional wastewater hauling until the producer gets its spray irrigation system permitted for wastewater disposal. Both Clark’s Environmental and Denali are requesting permit changes to allow them to temporarily haul wastewater and sludge from Allen Harim’s new Millsboro operation.
Citizens come out against Allen Harim permit

Lystek Myths vs. Facts
Glen, NY (4/8/18) - Kurt Meyer, the president of Lystek International Ltd., wrote an editorial to highlight fact versus fiction surrounding discussions about the development of an Organic Materials Recovery Center at the Glen Canal View Industrial Business Park. A small group of individuals opposing the idea of the project appear to have stepped-up, claiming to speak for the community of Glen, but they only constitute a small percentage of the population.
Opposition to Lystek Grows

N&H TOPLINE: Remnants of Antibiotics Persist in Treated Farm Waste
Buffalo, NY (4/13/18) - Two new studies led by Dr. Diana Aga, the Henry M. Woodburn professor of chemistry in the University at Buffalo College of Arts & Sciences, found that both advanced anaerobic digestion and reverse osmosis filtration leave behind measurable levels of antibiotic residues, which can include the drugs themselves as well as the molecules into which the drugs break down. This study tested animal manure, but the same is true for human waste. “Aga pointed to composting as one area to explore. Her team is studying how advanced anaerobic digestion can be used in conjunction with composting of solid materials to remove antibiotics and their breakdown products from manure. The preliminary results of the research, which have not yet been published, are promising, Aga said.”

News from Beyond the MABA Region

Can Dirt Save the Earth
Southern California (4/18/18) - Carbon farming is a growing practice in California. Land applying compost is seen as a form of carbon farming that pulls carbon from the atmosphere while helping cut down on fertilizer and herbicide use by ranchers making the practice a win-win. Although the practice is celebrated by farmers and environmentalists in various sectors, it’s unclear whether this practice will serve to be even a drop in the bucket when looking at ways to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

New York Poop Train Won't Derail Parrish Coal Fest
Parrish, AL (4/6/18) - Odors cause by rail carts were not expected to disturb the Parrish Coal Festival. Coverage of this story is still in full swing as you can see below.
Choo ... Poo? Trainloads Of Human Waste Stink Up Alabama Town
‘David and Goliath Situation’: How New York City Poop Became a Rural Alabama Town’s Problem
Here's Why Southerners Are Tired of Taking New York's Poop
Stalled poop train stinks up Alabama town
How New York City’s Shit Ended Up Stuck On a Train in Alabama
Train with NYC's human waste stranded in Alabama
Why Is a Train Filled with Human Poop Stuck Outside This Alabama Tow

Another Place Plastics Are Turning Up: Organic Fertilizer From Food Waste
International (4/6/18) - “Tiny particles of plastic are showing up all over the world, floating in the ocean, buried in soil, in food and even in beer. Now there’s new research that’s found microplastics in fertilizer — organic fertilizer from food waste, in fact.” This is in addition to microplastics showing up in biosolids destined for land application.

Council Committee Eyes Zero-Waste Option for City’s Aging Sewage Sludge Incinerator
Edmonds, WA (4/11/18) - For decades, the City of Edmonds has been processing and incinerating their sewage. Rising repair and part replacement costs, in addition to increased environmental regulations have the city of Edmonton looking to a new sludge management solution. After considering several options, city staff believe that drying the sludge and using a pyrolysis process to create a biochar that could be used at city parks or sold as a soil conditioner or amendment is their best option. The council’s next step will be to approve of a $236,000 contract with Ameresco to conduct an engineering analysis and preliminary design for a system to replace the sludge incinerator, including a closer look at the pyrolysis option.

Ohio EPA to Hold Hearing on Biosolids Lagoon
Wooster, OH (4/11/18) - “The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will hold an informational meeting and hearing to discuss the permit-to-install application for the Wiles Storage Pond, April 17 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster.” The following is the old and the new coverage on this story
Wayne County Residents Oppose Waste Lagoon
Township Residents Concerned About Farm Operations
Wayne Co. Residents Share Disdain for Wiles Lagoon with Ohio EPA

BCR Announces Major Rebranding Rollout in Coming Months
Jacksonville, FL (4/11/18) - BCR recently announced it will be rolling out a major repositioning and brand refresh this spring. This parallels their expansion to provide biosolids treatment technologies across North America. “The new branding comes to life in a new BCR Overview video that explains who BCR is, and details the biosolids treatment technology solutions through customer case stories.”
Wastewater Treatment Industry Veteran Dana M. Hicks Joins BCR as Vice President of Sale

ECUA: Test Showing Salmonella In Compost Was Incorrect
Pensacola, FL (4/12/18) - “Days after compost from the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority tested positive for Salmonella, follow up testing indicated the positive test result was incorrect.” The ECUA originally notified Florida Department of Environmental Protection who advised ECUA to contact customers who received the material to inform them of potential exposure, to resample the material to confirm the results, and to retrieve delivered compost where feasible. Re-tests did not show any indication of Salmonella.

Faster, Cheaper Wastewater Treatment Through Improved Oxidation Reactions
Riverside, CA (4/12/18) - Yadong Yin, a professor of chemistry at University of California Riverside’s College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, and colleagues have identified what they call a “co-catalyst” to improve the speed and efficiency of the removal of pollutants using AOPs. The addition and action of the co-catalyst, powdered metal sulfide, reduces the amount of hydrogen peroxide and ferrous catalyst needed and helps prevent the formation of the sludge. The results are published in this paper titled “Metal Sulfides as Excellent Co-catalysts for H2O2 Decomposition in Advanced Oxidation Processes”.

News from Abroad

Tirupur May Get Power from Sludge with Aid from Gates Foundation
Tiruppur, Kongu Nadu, India (4/16/18) - According to sources, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has approached the Tiruppur Corporation to set up a power plant to generate electricity out of sewage sludge. The foundation is surveying households to calculate the amount of raw materials they should expect to receive and will prepare a detailed project report to submit to the corporation.

Bristol Energy is Turning One Million People's POO Into Gas That Could Be Used to Heat Your Home
Bristol, United Kingdom (4/16/18) - Bristol Energy is working with GENeco on a project to convert sewage in bristol into methane gas using anaerobic digestion.

BDI to engineer scale-up of phosphorus recycling plant in Germany
Hamburg, Germany (4/6/18) - BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH has been contracted for a scale-up project funded by the German environmental ministry to recover phosphorus from sewage sludge with Remondis and Hamburg Wasser. After a 2 year pilot phase using the Remondis TetraPhos technology, BDI has been given the responsibility to scale-up, preparing documents for the engineering authorities and detailed engineering. The plant is expected to be operational by 2020, recovering 6,500 tons of pure phosphorous acid from 20,000 tons of sludge per year.

According to this study, co-processing leads to higher heavy metal emissions
Effects of Co-Processing Sewage Sludge in the Cement Kiln on PAHs, Heavy Metals Emissions and the Surrounding Environment
Beijing, China (4/8/18) - Samples of the flue gas from a stack, ambient air and soil around a cement plant co-processing sewage sludge were collected and tested for Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heavy metals. Results found that “co-processing sewage sludge results in the increase in PAHs and heavy metals emissions, especially high molecular weight PAHs and low-volatile heavy metals such as Cd and Pb in the particle phase, while it does not change their compositions and distribution patterns significantly.”. The full study can be found here.

CAMBI Wins Big in Australia to Treat Sydney’s Sludge
Sydney, Australia (4/10/18) - More on CAMBI’s contract with Utility Sydney Water to install its thermal hydrolysis process to treat sludge from two water recycling plants.

Biosolids Newsclips 4-6-18

"Petrichor." This is your "word-of-the-day," which i just learned myself this morning when I joined an early morning running group that includes an organic chemist. We were assembled at an unseasonably cold 37 degrees as a light rain started; a distinctive fragrance wafted by, and my running buddy says, "that is petrichor!" Like "biosolids," petrichor is a relatively new word, coined in 1964 by Australian chemists out of ancient Greek "petro" for rock and "ichor" for ethereal blood of the Gods. Petrichor is that distinctive scent that precedes a rain storm, arising from the release from clay minerals of a volatile oil when humidity suddenly rises and rain drops disperse aerosols. Unlike the release of the dimethyldisulfide from fresh biosolids, to which humans seem genetically predisposed to find repugnant, the petrichor emitted from clay elicits positive emotions in humans and animals. I know, it is not fair! On to the news!

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Biosolids Newsclips 3-29-18

Dear Biosolids Friends,

I urge you to visit the Virginia Biosolids Council website for two pieces of good news.  First is the 2017 Annual Report of the success of its Code of Good Practice, which has reduced by 80 percent the complaints filed with the state over biosolids recycling operations.  Second is an excellent new outreach brochure: Healthy Crops. Knowledgeable Neighbors. And, if you haven't checked out the positive stories from biosolids users (including one site, Beck-n-Rich Farm near my in-laws home in Rockbridge County, VA), I urge you to do so, as they serve as examples of what we all need to be doing to explain our work, including those of us here at MABA. Good work, VBC!

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Biosolids Newsclips 3-16-18

News from Within the MABA Region

Enforcement and Compliance History Online
National (3/9/18) - Biosolids data collected throughout 2017 will be publicly available through the USEPA Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) website around the end of March. You can review your data there to ensure its accuracy and contact Courtney Tuxbury at tuxbury.courtney@epa.gov to seek corrections. 

Residents Voice Displeasure Over Biosolid Use to Jackson Township Supervisors
Dauphin County, PA (3/7/18) - Residents recently attended a meeting at the Fisherville Fire Hall to ask township supervisors to do something about the use of biosolids on a local farm. With the exception of “minor violations involving the terms of the permit” the DEP has not found issues with the farm.

Waste-to-Energy Project Proposed in City
Schenectady, NY (3/12/18) - The city of Schenectady is looking to work with Florida-based Biowaste Pyrolysis Solutions to host a demonstration project converting the city’s sludge into energy through their pyrolysis system. The company would operate out of the Schenectady’s former composting facility and hopes to save the city money on sludge management and potentially provide discounted energy.

News from Beyond the MABA Region

Sewage Sludge Train Cars in Birmingham to be Moved After 'Death Smell' ComplaintsBirmingham, AL (3/6/18) - Rail containers transporting solids from NY and NJ are causing controversy in the community where the containers are being unloaded to trucks. The first location where the trucks unloaded was unincorporated Jefferson. After complaints, Jefferson County zoning authorities determined that the loading operation at the rail yard violated the county's zoning ordinance. Next, the containers were transported to the town of Parrish, where soon after, the Parrish Town Council held a special meeting and determined that Big Sky landfill, the group coordinating the transportation, did not have a business license to operate in the city. Now the solids are in Birmingham where there are issues being raised. The Big Sky landfill's general operating permit is currently up for renewal with Alabama Department of Environmental Management. Transportation is not overseen by ADEM.
Train Cars Carrying Human-Waste Appear in North Birmingham
Alabama Communities Raising a Stink Over Sewage Train
BIG STINK: Alabama Communities Complain of Sewage Train Stench
Alabamians Are Sick of New York’s Crap
New York Stops Sewage Trains to Alabama Landfill
New York Stops Sending Its Poo To Alabama After Residents Complain
Parrish Mayor Threatens Legal Action Over Big Sky Bio Waste

Editorial: Innovative Approach to Costly Sludge Problem Worth Considering
Greenfield, MA (3/7/18) - This article follows previous Newsclips coverage about an anaerobic digester being constructed in Northern Massachusetts - Slaying Sludge: Greenfield DPW Head Proposes Regional Digester.

Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District Confident it Has Authority to Expand Biosolids Intake
Fairfield-Suisun, CA (3/2/18) - Lystek managers at the Fairfield-Suisun facility will be looking to bring industrial organics and pre- and post-processed food waste to their facility in the next few years. Although the Sewer district General Manager, Greg Baatrup, said he believes the district has the authority it needs to allow those wastes to come in, he wants to eliminate any ambiguity by amending the enabling act. The sewer district has faced delays in moving legislation forward to change language in the enabling act.

Wiles Lagoon Stirs debate in Wayne County
Wooster, OH (3/1/18) - Quasar energy has submitted an application to the Ohio EPA for a permit to build a lagoon on property it has leased. The “Wiles Storage Pond” would be located on a farm operated by farmer Jason Wiles and would hold both anaerobically digested biosolids and up to 300,000 gallons of hog manure annually from the landowner’s hog farm, according to the permit application.

BCR Announces Joshua Scott to Permanent CEO Role as the Company Scales the Availability of Its Biosolid Treatment Technology
Jacksonville FL (3/6/18) - BCR recently announced that “Joshua R. Scott has been named CEO on a permanent basis. Previously serving as President and Interim CEO since July of 2017, and COO since joining the company in late 2016… the company also announced that it is scaling the availability of its biosolids treatment technologies throughout North America.”

Allegan City to Test Water for PFAS Contamination
Allegan, MI (3/9/18) - The City of Allegan has approved spending $2,975 for testing of its three drinking water wells for PFAS compounds. In another part of Michigan, the DEQ is investigating whether farms that spread sludge as a fertilizer on fields may also test positive for having PFAS compounds.

Spokane City Council Votes To Study Burning Biosolids
Spokane, WA (3/13/18) - The Spokane City Council has approved a study with HDR Engineering to look at whether burning the biosolids in the regional incinerator would be an appropriate biosolids management option. This comes after the council has heard about complaints from residents relating with odor issues and seeing other communities around the country raise concern about the land application of biosolids.

News from Abroad

Full Steam Ahead for Ladysmith’s New $1.8M Biosolids Facility
Ladysmith, BC, Canada (3/7/18) - The success story of Ladysmith’s Biosolids Facility.

nostrop Energy and Recycling Facility
Leeds, England (3/2/18) - Yorkshire Water is currently constructing a new anaerobic digestion energy and recycling facility within the Knostrop Waste Water Treatment works. The new construction will replace the existing sludge and biosolids incineration and will enable more efficient and effective sludge treatment and energy production.

Kamloops Stakeholder Group to Cultivate New Ideas for Biosolids
Kamloops, BC, Canada (3/3/18) - “Staff at Kamloops city hall are endorsing the creation of a stakeholder group to help direct the handling of biosolids.” The stakeholder group would be made up of city councillors as well as officials from the provincial government, local First Nations and other organizations.
City of Kamloops Eyes Creation of Biosolids Stakeholder Group
Kamloops Hoping for Long-term Solutions to Biosolid Waste
What to Do with All that Poop? Kamloops Approves Working Group to Figure it Out

Biosolids Newsclips 3-2-18

News from Within the MABA Region

Tyrone Consultant Says Digester Need Supported
Tyrone, PA (2/27/2018) - The borough of Tyrone recently heard that there would be strong interest from groups involved in biosolids disposal to bring their biosolids to Tyrone if the borough built a digester. Altoona is also considering constructing a digester and is exploring potential sources for material that could be digested.

Lystek Opponents Eye Vacant Seat on Glen Planning Board
Glen, NY (2/15/18) - An open seat in Glen’s planning board has added to the uncertainty of Lystek’s permit for a facility at the Glen Canal View Business Park. In addition, an activist group known as CALL, Citizens Against Local Landfills, reunited after 20 years of relative inactivity to fight Lystek’s permit.
Lystek Holds Info Session

News from Beyond the MABA Region

City awards contract for bio-solid waste transportation to Iowa firm
Cadillac, MI (3/1/18) - The Cadillac City Council unanimously approved a contract with Midwest Injection for transporting and land applying biosolids from the Cadillac Wastewater Treatment Plant to near by farm fields. According to Cadillac Director of Utilities, Jeffrey Dietlin, “The Cadillac Wastewater Treatment plant is one of five facilities in the state that produce bio-solid waste that is of high enough quality to be spread on crops as fertilizer.”

Slaying Sludge: Greenfield DPW Head Proposes Regional Digester
Greenfield, MA (2/26/18) - The town of Greenfield is looking to build a regional sludge digester, and the idea has already garnered letters of support by other towns, such as, Montague, Deerfield, Sunderland, Northfield and Hadley. Their next step is likely to start working on a feasibility study with regional partners.

Lead and Zinc Stabilization of Soil Using Sewage Sludge Biochar: Optimization through Response Surface Methodology
Journal, CLEAN – Soil, Air, Water (2/26/18) - This study investigates the effect of biochar produced from municipal sewage sludge on the stabilization of potentially toxic elements (PTEs), including lead (Pb), and zinc (Zn) in a mining polluted soil. Follow the link in the title to view the abstract.

Sewage Sludge Import Operation Moves to Walker County After Backlash
Walker County, AL (2/20/18) - Rail cars filled with biosolids being shipped from New York and New Jersey to Big Sky Landfill have been stopped in their tracks before reaching the landfill. Big Sky had been using a small rail spur in Jefferson County to transfer the containers of sludge from the train cars to trucks and drive them to the landfill. However, after numerous complaints from nearby residents, Jefferson County determined the operation violated the county's zoning laws and now Big Sky is needing to find an alternative place to transfer the carts from train to truck.
Mayor Works to Get Sewage Sludge Containers Gone
Some Parrish Residents Want Sewage Sludge Moved Out of Town
Parrish Tells Sewer Sludge Hauler to Get Out of Town
'It's a Horrible Smell:' Parrish Town Council to Meet Over Big Sky's Biosolid Storage

Council Increases Rates at City's Biosolids Facility
Fort Wayne, IN (2/20/2018) - Fort Wayne City Council approved an increase in rates for residents and businesses using the city's Biosolids Handling Facility.
New Biosolids Contract Will Save Fort Wayne Big Money

‘Biodigester’ Farm in Bath Twp. Raises Stink Among Neighbors
Bath Township, OH (2/24/18) - Neighbors around Pitstick Farms are filing complaints about odors caused by the land application of biosolids on Pitstick’s agricultural land. The Ohio EPA investigated the complaint and found no issues.

News from Abroad

Smithton Sewage De-Sludging Benefits Farms and Sea Water Quality
Smithton, Tasmania, Australia (2/21/18) - Smithton Sewage Treatment Plant is spreading biosolids on paddocks around Smithton as part of their de-sludging process. Although there were concerns that recent heavy rains washed the biosolids into the Smithton water supply, TasWater confirmed this was not happening.

Waste Water Treatment Design Tool Available on The Water Network
Zurich, Switzerland (2/27/18) - AquaSPE AG from Zurich Switzerland recently announced access to an open source Wastewater Treatment Plant design tool and WWTP knowledge sharing community on The Water Network. The tool generates preliminary engineering design documents for conventional Activated Sludge WWTPs that includes an equipment list, process flow and site plan within hours instead of weeks.

Biosolids Newsclips 2-16-18

New from Within the MABA Region
 

Glen Resident Challenge Biosolids Representatives
Glen, NY (1/22/18) - Lystek International gave a presentation on their company and answered questions about the company’s proposal to build a biosolids plant in the Glen Canal View Business Park during a planning board meeting held recently. Lystek also submitted a full application for their proposed biosolids plant. More on that story can be found at “Lystek Submits Full Application to Glen Planning Board for Facility”.
Lystek Truck Traffic Would Be a Danger
Sewage Sludge Processing Plant a Bad Deal for Glen
Lystek schedules public information meeting on biosolids plant
Area Residents Voice More Concerns About Lystek at Glen Meeting
Activist Group Reforms to Fight Biosolids Activity
 

News from Beyond the MABA Region

Lystek Wins Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) for Sustainable Biosolids Management in California
Sacramento, CA (1/17/18) - The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) presented Lystek International Ltd. with a Governor’s Environmental and Economic Award (GEELA) at a special award ceremony held at EPA’s headquarters in Sacramento, California. “The GEELA is California’s highest environmental honor. It is given to individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary contributions in conserving California’s precious resources, protecting and enhancing the environment, building public-private partnerships and strengthening the state’s economy.”

How Bi-County Landfill Could Turn Wood Waste into Gas Energy
Bi-County, TN (1/19/18) - Bi-County is looking for ways to reduce their costs from leachate and sludge management at their landfill. Among the list of potential solutions is constructing a gasification plant at the site that would produce a biochar that could be used as a fertilizer or burned in incinerator.

'Sewage Sludge' Causing Big Stink in Federal Courthouse Showdown
Adamsville, AL (1/19/18) - One of Alabama's largest landfills, Big Sky Environmental, is at the center of a controversy after they accepted biosolids from New York and New Jersey. Sumiton Timber Company sued the Jefferson County Commission after they denied their request for rezoning that would have allowed them to keep dumping waste at Big Sky Environmental's current location.

CEQA Documents for the Biosolids Master Plan
Orange County, CA (2/14/18) - The public and responsible agencies have 45 days to review and comment on the Biosolids Master Plan Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report for Orange County. The proposed program lays out the upgrades to and construction of new biosolids handling facilities to be implemented over a 20-year planning period.

Mayor’s Corner: Fee Hikes Chip Away at Utility Needs
Long Beach, WA (1/23/18) - Long Beach utility is looking to change their biosolids management plans to follow new mandates from the Department of Ecology (DOE) requiring they change their land application process. After looking into several different short-term and long-term management solution and holding several public meetings, Long Beach will turn their biosolids into a compost that could be used by homeowners, contractors, businesses and schools. The utility is working with the city of Ilwaco and Seaview Sewer District on a plan to share one facility that would process all their biosolids.

Waste Water Biosolid Application Permitted on County Farmland
Columbus, IN (1/23/18) - A permit to land apply biosolids in the counties of Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Johnson and Jennings was recently renewed.

Biosolids Permit Under Review for Water Reclamation Plant: Public Notice Review
Aberdeen, SD (2/2/18) - The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources is reviewing a renewal application for Aberdeen’s Water Reclamation Plant. “The biosolids management permit allows the land application of biosolids produced at the Water Reclamation Plant. The permit specifies the quantity of biosolids that can be applied.”

City Wins Top State Award for Wastewater Treatment System | News | The Press and Standar
Walterboro, SC (1/24/18) - The City of Walterboro was presented with the Wastewater System of the Year award at the South Carolina Rural Water Association (SCRWA) 2017 Annual Conference. The city has acquired funding for a plant upgrade that will provide additional biosolids storage by converting an existing Flow Equalization (EQ) Basin to a new Aerobic Digestion Basin. A new bio-solids dewatering building has been constructed and will house two screw presses.

Sewage Plant Project Would End Landfill Green Waste Composting
Wailuku-Kahului, HI (1/26/18) - We continue to follow the story out of Wailuku-Kahulu from January’s Newsclips “ Draft EIS Complete for Proposed Energy Conversion Project”. The project calls for the installation of an anaerobic digester to produce methane gas from energy crops grown on former Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. lands. The methane would be used to power the sewage treatment plant with waste heat used to dry biosolids. The project is receiving mixed reactions from residents and public officials.
AD Facility Proposal in Hawaii Could Put Local Compost Operation Out of Business
Anaergia, Maui EKO Open Green Waste Dialogu

Michigan Approves New Rules for Biosolids
Adrian, MI (1/28/18) - The Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA) has approved guidance for local waste water treatment plant operators who spread Class A EQ biosolids. The new guidelines will help resolve issues of dust and runoff and was completed by Michigan DEQ and are expected to provide a clear best-practice method for applying biosolids. The new guidelines will be available on the MWEA website.

St. Lucie County Takes New Tack in Fighting Sunbreak Farms, Spread of Human Waste on Crops
St. Lucie County, FL (2/7/18) - The St. Lucie county commission is at odds with Sunbreak Farms, who is looking to annually fertilize crops with about 80,000 tons of compost mixed with biosolids. The county commission recently decided to change their legal strategy by challenging a water-quality permit Sunbreak needs from the South Florida Water Management District rather than Sunbreak Farms' permit with the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Biosolids workshop scheduled for Feb. 28
West Adams, CO (2/13/18) - “Colorado's West Adams Conservation District and the Brighton field office of the National Resources Conservation District will present an informational workshop about biosolids for boards, public officials and landowners.

Composting of Sewage Sludge with a Simple Aeration Method and its Utilization as a Soil Fertilizer
Springer (2/2/18) - A recently published study on examining sewage sludge composting using a simple aeration method.

Lancaster Wastewater Plant in Need of Millions of Dollars of Updates
Lancaster, OH (2/4/18) - The Water/Water Pollution Control Superintendent, Mike Nixon, is looking to spend between $5 million and $10 million on updates and replacing equipment at the Lawrence Street Water Pollution Control Facility. Their first step is to bring a firm in to evaluate the facility to evaluate the equipment and make recommendations on what's due for replacement and what's not.
 

New from Abroad

Tomatoes or Tomatos: Changing Biosolids Perceptions in the US
International Water Summit, Abu Dhabi (1/31/18) - Patrick Dube, WEF’s Biosolids Program Manager was interviewed by IWS TV at the International Water Summer. Listen to Dube share how WEF is focusing on promoting biosolids. He touches on microconstituents, biosolids products, how the wastewater industry is re-imaging wastewater treatment facilities as water resource recovery facilities and what other countries can learn from what the USA is doing focused on wastewater.

Marron Valley, Summerland Sites Put to the Curb
Marron Valley, BC, Canada (2/1/18) - The Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen directors voted not to re-engage the idea of locating a regional facility in Marron Valley or Summerland. The staff have been in search of a site, since 2006, to construct a facility that would compost yard waste, food waste (residential and commercial), and biosolids all in one location.

Detecting Emerging Pollutants in Leafy and Root Vegetables
Seville, Spain (2/12/18) - “Researchers from the University of Seville have developed a method for the determination of pollutants in leafy and root vegetables using ultrasound-assisted extraction (UAE), dispersive solid-phase extraction (d-SPE), and liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC–MS/MS).” These developments are accurate enough to detect household and industrial chemicals, such as per-fluoroalkyl compounds, nonionic surfactants, anionic surfactants, and plasticizers.

Land-based pollution with microplastics an underestimated threat
Berlin, Germany (2/5/18) - Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), in partnership with Freie Universität Berlin are working together to review previous individual studies on the topic of microplastics in relation to the effect of microplastics on terrestrial ecosystems. The article suggests that land application of biosolids contributes to the several thousand tons of microplastics entering terrestrial areas.

BARC develops technology to convert sewage into bio-fertilizer
Mumbai, India (2/8/18) - Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has successfully developed a technology to treat municipal sewage and convert the sludge into bio-fertiliser. The process involves crushing the dried sludge, exposing it to a 10-kGy radiation dose and spraying the sludge with Bio-NPK (Nitrogen Phosphorus Potassium) microorganisms to a bio-fertilizer.

Synagro Achieves Financial Close for Residual Treatment Facility in Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria, BC, Canada (2/6/18) - Synago announced that “the Hartland Resource Management Group (HRMG) has executed a contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the residuals treatment facility for the Capital Regional District (CRD).” Upon commencement of operations at the facility, Synagro will be the service provider for the project and will partner with the CRD for a 20-year operations-and-maintenance term to produce a thermally dried biosolids product.

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Computational Biosolids
Swansea, UK (1/19/18) - "The College of Engineering at Swansea University is seeking applications from researchers with expertise in Computational Biosolids for summer of 2018. The individual who fills this position will be expected to fulfill the roles of establishing a research program as well as serving as a mentor and teacher for students in the university. More details about the application process and position description can be found in the link in the Title." But read further:  "The application areas of interest include arterial wall, aortic and mitral valves, heart wall, clinical applications and any other complimentary area that is relevant to the computational biomedical engineering group within the Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering." 

Biosolids Newsclips 1-18-18

Dear Biosolids Friends,

Thank you for the more than a dozen presentation suggestions we received for our Summer Technical Symposium. The Program Committee is already at work going through them to create a great program in July. And before then, I will see some of you at the NYWEA 90th Annual Meeting and Exhibition, February 5 to 7 at the New York Marriott Marquis. Register here.  And, MABA is co-hosting with the NJWEA Biosolids Committee 11 presentations on Thursday, May 10, at the Bally's during the 103rd NJWEA conference. Again, this year, MABA members are invited to register at no charge for that one day session (and, yes, there is a free lunch, with a visit to the Exhibition Hall, one of the best in the country).

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Biosolids Newsclips 1-8-18

Dear Biosolids Friends,

Happy New Year... Most of us are confronting amazing COLD. A few of us have battled the flu (take care of yourself, Cheryl). And a few of us have had some amazing biosolids challenges (buck up, Jeff!)

I have reissued the Call for Presentations for the July 17th and 18th 2018 Summer Technical Symposium at the Back River Plant in Baltimore (thanks to the several of you who detected the typos in the dates; fake news can slip past even the most sincere of efforts for editing).  Again, the deadline for submitting presentation ideas is January 11. We have the Chesapeake watershed theme for Day 1, and the theme optimizing biosolids operations for Day 2.

A short while ago, I sent out a listing of the biosolids presentations for the NYWEA 90th Annual Meeting and Exhibition, November 5 to 7 at the Marriott Marquis in midtown Manhattan. Register here.

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Biosolids Newsclips 12-22-17

News from Within the MABA Region

Glen Board Approves Zoning Changes; Lystek Focus of Public Hearing
Glen, NY (12/11/17) - The town of Glen is considering approving a proposed project to allow Lystek to build in their industrial park. At a recent town hearing Glen Town Board unanimously voted to approve a resolution amending zoning regulations that are related to the proposed facility.
Biosolids Processor Eyes Montgomery County Site

Shingara Bros. to Continue Taking Biosolids at MCMA’s Sewer Plant
Mount Carmel, PA (12/15/17) - Mount Carmel Municipal Authority (MCMA) will contract with Dan Shingara Enterprises Inc. to remove and dispose of biosolids from the MCMA’s sewer plant.

News from Beyond the MABA Region

Hertford Fined $4K for Sludge Mishap
Hertford, NC (12/14/17) The NC Department of Environmental Quality fined the town of Hertford after a contractor spread biosolids on the wrong farm field.

You Know What Concord Needs? A Gigantic Vat of Bacteria to Eat Its Sewage
Concord, NH (12/4/17) - Chip Chesley, director of the General Services Department of Concord city government, oversees the wastewater treatment plant for Concord and hopes to see the city install a digester to help process their biosolids. This is a great article giving an overview of biosolids management in Concord, NH.

On the Left: Good sewage; Bad Sewage
Fairfield-Suisun, CA (12/12/17) -- A short story of Lysteks expansion, from working in Canada to its current project in Fairfield, CA.

Baraboo Plans to Upgrade Waste Treatment Facility
Baraboo, WI (12/11/17) - Baraboo’s Common Council’s Public Safety Committee voted to hire Staab Construction to upgrade equipment used to process biosolids. The project will cost about $3.2 million with funding coming from the Clean Water Fund loan, the village of West Baraboo, the town of Baraboo, and Devil’s Lake State Park.

Grand Rapids Breaks Ground on $38 Million Biodigester Sludge Treatment Center
Grand Rapids, MI (12/15/17) - “Grand Rapids broke ground on the $38 million dollar biodigester sludge treatment system that could help Grand Rapids reach sustainability goals.”

Wastewater Treatment Technology Makes North America Debut
Rockford, IL (12/16/17) - The Nereda® Aerobic Granular Sludge (AGS) Technology is a biological wastewater system that was created through a public-private partnership with Delft University, Dutch Water Authorities and Royal HaskoningDHV in the Netherlands. The technology has just entered the market in North America due to a partnership between Aqua-Aerobic Systems Inc. and Royal HaskoningDHV, where it will be marketed under the band AquaNereda® Aerobic Granular Sludge Technology. The technology is making its debut at the Rock River Water Reclamation District (RRWRD) in Rockford, Illinois.

Malcolm Fabiyi, Ph.D., Joins Drylet as Chief Operations Officer
San Francisco, CA (12/19/17) - Drylet, a wastewater remediation technology company, has welcomed Dr. Malcolm Fabiyi as their Chief Operations Officer and Vice President of Operations. “Prior to joining Drylet, Dr. Fabiyi was Global Market Director at Praxair, Inc., a Fortune 500 company where he led technology development and commercialization efforts across a range of market segments — including water and wastewater, pulp and paper, hydrometallurgy and textiles.”

News from Abroad

Preferred Proponent Selected for Residuals Treatment Facility Includes Synagro
Vancouver, BC, Canada (12/19/17) - Synagro has announced today that it is part of the Hartland Resource Management Group (HRMG) consortium selected to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a residuals treatment facility for the Capital Regional District (CRD). The facility will be located at the Hartland Landfill in the District of Saanich where it will process the residuals from the new McLoughlin Point wastewater treatment plant, producing a Class A biosolids product.

NSERC Grant Fosters Collaborative Partnership with Dr. Gordon Price of Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University, Canada (12/7/17) - “Through the award of a NSERC Engage Grant, the company will collaborate with Dr. Gordon Price, an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University and a leader in academic research in new technologies for waste bio-conversion and stabilization.” The NSERC Engage Grant is designed to give companies an opportunity to collaborate with Universities to develop new research projects.

Biosolids Newsclips 12-8-17

News from Within the MABA Region

Why a Proposed Sludge Treatment Plant May Have Hit a Bump in the Road
Plainfield Township, PA (12/1/17) - Synagro’s proposed heat recovery center at the Grand Central Sanitary Landfill in Plainfield Township has come across another hurdle. The facility would not follow a township zoning ordinance that requires buildings be built on property that has frontage on a public street or private street.

Numerous Environmental Violations at Mountaire in Millsboro
Millsboro, DE (11/18/17) - Mountaire Farm recently received a notice of violations by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Water. Among the violations listed in the notice was a violation from when Mountaire land applied biosolids throughout the summer of 2017 without notifying or submitting a cropping plan to DNREC. 

WOYM: Sewage Sludge by Any Other Name Would Smell as ... Sweet Profits for Region's Farmers
Roanoke, VA (11/19/17) - Western Virginia Water Authority’s wastewater treatment plant treats an average of 37 million gallons of wastewater daily. The facility offers their biosolids to local farmers for free and currently has a three year waiting list for farms looking to receive the solids. 

Biochar Plant Gets a Reaction
Fort Edward, NY (11/22/17) - John Dowd, a partner with Smart Terra Care, wants to build a biochar factory at a site in Fort Edward. The plant would take biomass waste from paper plants and biosolids waste from wastewater treatment plants to create a biochar that could be used as a fertilizer. 

News from Beyond the MABA Region

DETERMINATION OF NONSIGNIFICANCE (DNS) AND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Description of Proposal: 2015 Biosolids General Permit Revision
Long Beach, WA (11/21/17) - The public comment period for a proposed biosolids land application site in Pacific County, Washington was open until November 28. 

LETTER: The Woes of Biosolids in Ellis County
Ellis County, TX (11/16/17) - Anti-biosolids activist Craig Monk shares his standard rant in this Letter to the Editor. The Trinity River Authority responded to Monk’s letter in LETTER: In response to Craig Monk.

Village of Los Lunas to Invest in New Composting Project
Los Lunas, NM (11/22/17) - The Los Lunas village council recently approved the exploration and development of an industrial compost facility. The recycling facility will take sewage sludge and yard waste and produce a soil amendment. Currently, the city’s wastewater facility is capable of producing a Class B biosolids. The new facility will produce a higher quality product.

Canada-Based Waste-to-Energy Project Receives EPIC Backing
Santa Barbara, CA (11/24/17) - Lystek International was recently awarded a $1.5 million grant from the California Energy Commission's Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC). Lystek is expected to partner with Goleta Sanitary District and the University of California in Santa Barbara to deploy an organics to energy system. Lystek will construct and operate the unit, Goleta will be the host site and the university will provide the feedstock and potential volunteer participation from students and faculty. 

Albany, Millersburg to Sue CH2M Hill
Albany, OR (12/2/17) - The Albany and Millersburg city councils recently “agreed to take legal action against engineering firm CH2M Hill, seeking a remedy for damages caused by what they claim is defective work on their wastewater reclamation facility and the Talking Water Gardens wetlands.” CH2M Hill recommended a technology from Siemens that was expected to reduce the volume of biosolids and allow for land application. Both cities believe the technology has failed, requiring them to send their biosolids to landfill. 

News from Abroad

EBRD-Financed New Biogas Plant in Belarus to Turn Waste into Energy
Baranovichi, Belarus (12/1/17) - “The first biogas plant under a framework agreement between the government of Belarus and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in the municipal and environmental infrastructure sector has started operation in Baranovichi, a city in western Belarus with a population of more than 170,000 people.” 

Seeking for Opportunities with Yara Finland to Utilise Nutrients from Sludge in Fertilizers
Finland (11/23/17) - UPM, a company focused on creating sustainable solutions within the bio and forest industries are “working with crop nutrition company Yara to research possibilities for agricultural reuse of nutrients retrieved from the sludge originating from the pulp and paper mills’ production processes.” In the research project by UPM and Yara they used sludge from paper mills’ production processes as a fertilizer. The presented their findings at the “Feeding the Future” seminar in Helsinki.