Biosolids in the News 4-17-17

News within the MABA Regions

Residents Raise a Stink Over Sludge Plant Proposal

Plainfield, PA (4/1/17) -- More than 100 people attended a community meeting about Synagro’s proposed biosolids processing plant.

Revised Plan Makes Sludge Plant a Permitted Use, Developer Says
Slate Belt Residents Grill Sludge Treatment Plant Developers

News from Beyond the MABA Region

Executive Constantine Kick Off Earth Week by Honoring 13 Environmental Leaders with Green Globe Awards

King County, WA (4/17/17) -- In celebration of Earth Week, King County Executive Dow Constantine honored 13 businesses, cities, organizations and groups for the work they do to protect and improve the local environment. Northwest Biosolids was awarded ‘Leader in supporting waste to resources’.

Beneficial Biosolids: Farmers, Regulators Like Biosolids for Cost, Soil Advantages

Lenawee County, MI (4/16/17) -- Residents are complaining about the odor and linking negative health impacts to biosolids farmers are using on agricultural land. The is article is split into three parts: How are biosolids made to be safe, a watchdog’s take on it, and a farmer’s perspective.

City Moves Forward on Biosolid Digester

Chiefland, FL (3/30/17) -- The Chiefland City Commissioners approved an agreement with the Suwannee River Management District to move forward with updating and reconstructing the city’s existing biosolids digester treatment plant. 

We’re Denton Dammit

Denton, TX (4/13/17) -- A Denton resident skipped yard-work recently due to the odor spread from Dyno Dirt on a nearby lot. But others swear by it.


News from Abroad

City Signs Deal For Biosolids Treatment

Hamilton, ON, Canada (3/29/17) -- The City of Hamilton is moving ahead with a plan for a new biosolids treatment facility in agreement with a consortium that will build and manage the project for 30 years. Harbour City Solutions will design, oversee construction and manage the facility. The facility will produce a pelletized product from sludge coming from the Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant. The president of Terratec Environment, the company currently responsible for the city’s land application, claims the $106 million project will involve needless spending.



Pioneering Treatment Method Turns Sewage Sludge Farm-Safe Fertilizer

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates (29/3/17) -- Researchers from Masdar Institute have developed an energy-efficient, low-cost, method for removing heavy metals from biosolids. The process has demonstrated the ability to remove over 90% of zinc and over 60% of copper from sewage sludge. The three-step process, developed by Dr. Shadi Wajih Hasan, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Masdar Institute, combines chemical conditioning, electrokinetic remediation and a post-treatment washing. View the paper describing the process that was published in Nature’s Scientific Reports:

Talking About Sewage

Winnipeg, MB, Canada (4/4/17) -- The City of Winnipeg has approved its plan to spread biosolids on farmland and is looking for input on best practices for land application. “The city hopes the public engagement process will help pinpoint where and when biosolids should be spread in rural Manitoba, as well as where the matter should be stored before


NUI Galway Study Raises Questions About Application of Wastewater Sludge to Land

NUI Galway, Ireland (4/5/17) -- Dr. Mark Healy, Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering at the College of Engineering and Informatics at NUI Galway has led a project raising questions about the safety of land applying biosolids. The results of this study have been published by the Environmental Protection Agency Research Report 200 entitled, ‘Health and Water Quality Impacts Arising from Land Spreading of Biosolids’.

City of Greater Sudbury Pleased with Biosolids Partnership 2 Years In

Greater Sudbury, ON, Canada (4/10/17) -- The city of Greater Sudbury entered into a public-private partnership with Walker Environmental to build and operate a biosolids plant 2 years ago. The city is happy with the results of the P3. The biosolids are sold to local mining companies for the re-greening of tailings. Walker Environmental hopes to market the biosolids to northern Ontario farms in the future.

Bustline Kelowna Churning Out Too Much Biosolids-Based Fertilizer
Kelowna, BC, Canada (4/12/17) -- In Feb of 2016, the Kelowna Metro area was found to be the fastest-growing metro area in Canada. The City of Kelowna produces a compost made of biosolids and wood waste called OgoGrow. The city sells the composts, but this year they are producing more than they are able to sell. The city of Kelowna and Vernon are working together to launch a survey on possible waste management options for their growing population.