Biosolids in the News 2-1-17

News from Within the MABA Region

If you haven’t heard the news!

Court Upholds Virginia Biosolids Regulations

Richmond, VA (1/28/17) -- A Virginia Circuit Court has upheld the regulations that control the application of biosolids on Virginia’s farms and determined biosolids protect the environment and public health.

 

An old, never ending story coming from New York

Biosolids Protesters Sound Off on Local Project

North Tonawanda, NY (1/21/17) -- Several protesters attended North Tonawanda’s recent common council meeting to voice opposition to the land application of biosolids. Although environmental activists applaud the effort to keep biosolids out of landfills, they are arguing to find alternatives to land application. Other news in North Tonawanda was featured in the last Biosolids in the news NT Considers Biosolids Processing Plan.

 

Not the ideal direction for a 15 year contract to go...

Kingston Still Suing to Sever Sludge-to-Fertilizer Pact

Kingston, NY (1/21/17) -- Kingston and Aslan Environmental Services created a leasing agreement in 2004 that was eventually extended to 2020. The city paid to lease equipment from Aslan in order to turn sewage sludge into fertilizer pellets. In 2016 the city claimed Aslan breached the contract. The city filed a lawsuit in state Supreme Court in 2016 and is seeking to terminate the contract it has with Aslan. In related news, Kingston Sludge Total Puts Ulster County Trash Agency Near Limit.

 

More news from NY, ending on a good note!

Watertown Proceeds with Sludge Project

Watertown, NY (1/19/17) -- Watertown has retained Casella Waste Systems and GHD Consulting Engineers, LLC., Cazenovia, to market the nearly 5,000 tons of biosolids produced at the wastewater treatment plant each year. The biosolids will be marketed as a Class B product.

 

News from Beyond the MABA Region

Good they are reintroducing their land application program, but might need more processing technology

City to Resume Shipping Sludge to Local Farmers

Washington, MO (1/19/17) -- The city of Washington used to land apply biosolids, but switched to using sewage sludge as landfill cover. After some time, the the sludge began to create an odor when mixed with soil in the landfill, due to moisture content. The city is now contracting with local farmers and rebuilding hauling equipment in order to return to land applying the sludge.


An new joint development coming from Vulcan and Mannico

Vulcan® Systems and Mannco Wastewater & Soil Solutions Announce New Biosolids Drying Technology and Total Biosolids Management Service

Moberly, MO (1/24/17) -- Mannco Wastewater & Soil Solutions and Vulcan® Systems have announced their joint development of a biosolids drying technology that will be available in the USA, Mexico and Cuba. The drying system said to be mobile, scalable, low cost and energy efficient at producing a EQ biosolids product.

 

Good read for someone new to the process

How to Value Biosolids

Tualatin, OR (1/26/17) -- This article reviews the challenges of sewage management, as well as, the opportunities to create revenue from a biosolids product. The article features a continuous THP process system called TurboTec, patented by Sustec who is part of DMT Group.

  

News from Abroad

Finding the short and long term solution...

Ladysmith Spending $2.14M on New Biosolids Composting Facility

Ladysmith, BC, Canada (1/19/17) -- The last Biosolids in the News featured the article “Ladysmith Buys Land for New Biosolids Composting Facility”. This article continues following the town of Ladysmith. The town has currently agreed to ship its biosolids to Comox composting facility for the next five weeks. The town will construct a new composting facility which is expected to be in operation by the end of 2017.