Biosolids in the News 6-15-17

News from the MABA Region

Two More Towns Oppose Slate Belt Sludge Drying Program
Plainfield Township, PA (6/8/17) -- The Plainfield Township Planning Commission is expected to hear Synagro Technologies Inc.'s application for a $26 million plant at a meeting to be held this week. “Jammed House Greets Slate Belt Sludge Plant Planners” details the events of the meeting

Watertown sludge project proceeding
Watertown, NY (6/7/17) -- The city of Watertown is looking for a company to haul their class B biosolids from the wastewater treatment plant to area farmland. The city will landfill the material until they are able to find a cost effective way to land apply the material.

News from Beyond the MABA Region

Regional Biosolids Drying with Power Oxidation
Napa, CA (5/31/17) -- Andritz, RealEnergy and Dresser Rand, a Siemens Company has developed a Power Oxidation process that utilizes a uniquely designed power island and cogeneration system to produce a Class A biosolids. This article links to their white paper titled “Regional Biosolids Drying with Negative Carbon Oxidation

Harvesting Agricultural Fertilizers from Wastewater Sludge
Kenosha, WI (6/1/17) -- You heard about Nutrient Recovery and Upcycling’s product Brushite product in the article “CNP Acquires Pre-Digestion Phosphorus Recover Technology” from our March newsclips. In May 2017, Nutrient Recovery and Upcycling LLC started up an optimized version of its pilot plant in a new partnership with CNP/Centirsys. “NRU is also set to pilot a membrane-based, nitrogen-recovery process that works by using electric fields to separate ammonium compounds.”

Perennial Wheat on Agenda for Lind Field Day
Lind, WA (6/8/17) -- The annual field day June 15 at Washington State University’s dryland research station will host a variety of presentations. Bill Schillinger, the station director will provide an update on his project studying the use of biosolids as fertilizer. The station applies 2.8 dry tons once every four years to produce two winter wheat crops and is comparing biosolids with other fertilizers.

Biosolid Removal Begins in Brandon
Brandon, SD (6/12/17) -- Biosolids are being removed from Brandon’s storage lagoons and are being land applied or pressed and dewater in order to be delivered to fields at a later date. The facility is getting more requests from farmers to land apply than they can fulfill currently.  

Emergency Meeting Held in SLC Over Biosolids
St. Lucie, FL (6/12/17) --  Leaders in St. Lucie County are holding an emergency meeting to get public input on Sunbreak Farm’s proposal to use biosolids fertilizer. Commissioners are most concerned about drainage and runoff on the site and how it might impact the Indian River Lagoon.

MagneGas Awarded a $432,000 USDA Grant
Tampa, FL (6/14/17) -- “MagneGas Corp., Tampa, has announced it has been awarded a $431,874 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The grant will be used to accelerate the commercialization of MagneGas' plasma arc Venturi sterilization system for the treatment of pathogens and nutrients found in animal biosolid wastes.”

Got Compost?
Carpinteria, CA (6/14/17) -- Carpinteria Sanitary District is producing a biosolids that they send to Engel & Gray composting facility in Santa Maria to further incorporate into compost. The final product, Harvest Blend Compost, is marketed throughout central California for use by gardeners, farmers and landscapers.


News from Abroad

Mayor Balks at Biosolids Bill
Barrie, ON, Canada (6/1/17) -- The town of Barrie is looking to replace the storage tank mixers at their biosolids plant in Oro-Medonte Township, but officials are questioning a dramatic increase in the projects costs. The price tag to replace the mixers nearly doubled to address costs for electrical updates, additional interconnecting piping and an estimate for a low pump system.

Sludge & Sewage Treatment Tender Opportunity
Yorkshire, England (6/9/17) -- Yorkshire will be holding four OJEU tender opportunities for two upcoming projects in the region. A new regional sludge treatment facility with a treatment capacity of 16,500tds/annum is proposed in Huddersfield and a new flow to full treatment wastewater inlet works, with a peak flow capacity of 2,000l/s is proposed in Hull. Yorkshire Water is holding two call-for-competition supplier engagement days where a maximum of 2 colleagues from your company will receive an explanation of the opportunities as well as a walk around the proposed location of the new works. Details for how to request to attend these events are included in the article.