News from Within the MABA Region
PA. Sludge Study Recommends More Stink Control
PA, State (7/11/17) -- The PA Legislative Budget and Finance Committee issued a 83 page report in June of 2017. The only recommendations made to the state of Pennsylvania within the report were in relation to increasing odor control efforts.
City Proposes Turning Sewage Sludge into Mulch
Geneva, NY (7/16/17) -- The state Department of Environmental Conservation has made a tentative determination to issue a permit for a proposal to make Geneva’s sewage sludge available as a compost-based mulch for landscapers, nurseries and developers.
Slate Belt Sludge Plant Hearing on Hold
Plainfield Township, PA (7/19/17) -- Synagro Technologies Inc. has requested a postponement of a special meeting set before the township Planning Commission. The first meeting June 12 drew questions regarding odor, noise levels and wastewater discharge and other technical questions that are typically not answered until the company goes through the state permitting process. The company hopes to continue responding to questions and concerns.
Biomass Production Study of Hybrid Poplar Grown on Deep Trenched Municipal Biosolids
University of Maryland (7/2/17) -- “Hybrid poplar trees 2-6 years old were grown on a gravel mine spoil in southern Maryland that had biosolids applied using deer row application. The trees were harvested and processed to determine their biomass on a dry weight basis. The data was analyzed and regression analysis was used to create equations that could predict biomass from tree diameter at breast height. The equations developed would allow less intensive data collection and growth assessment of other plantations.”
News from Beyond the Region
IT’S IN THE BUDGET: Powering Sewer System Not Cheap
Frankfort, KY (7/17/2017) -- Biosolids leaving the Frankfort Sewer Department are currently landfilled. A new contract will be coming up for approval by the Frankfort City Commission for H&A Resources to distribute biosolids on farmland.
It’s Time to Talk (Again) About Sewage Sludge on Farmland
In These Times, Magazine (7/11/17) -- This anti-biosolids article by Laura Orlando refers to an order and judgment issued by Federal Judge Anthony Alaimo relating to the McElmurrays, dairy farmers from Georgia. The order is said to “confirm that there have been decades of deceit by the EPA and finds against the USDA and the EPA” relating to sewage sludge”.
Pasadena’s Parsons Awarded Design Contract for Inland Empire Utilities Agency Water Recycling Project
Pasadena, CA (6/30/17) -- An upgrade and expansion to the Regional Water Recycling Plant 5 in Chino, CA, will increase their liquid treatment to 30 mgd using membrane bioreactor and ultraviolet disinfection processes. It will also expand the biosolids management system to 40 mgd, including thickening, anaerobic digestion and dewatering, and potential food waste treatment.
Cleaning City Wastewater Basin Costs Extra Money
Stanwood, WA (7/4/17) -- American Process Group (APG) was contracted by Stanwood’s wastewater treatment plant to remove sludge from two basin ponds. APG removed 210 tons more biosolids than predicted, which increased the bill for removal. It is unclear what caused the large difference between the predicted amount of biosolids hauled and what was actually hauled. Public Works Director, Kevin Hushagen, believes it may have been from vegetation that had grown in the pond while it was being used. The public works department is considering using a different cleaning schedule in the future.
Treatment Sludge OK’d for Use on Field
Toledo, OH (7/7/17) -- Ohio Environmental Protection Agency notified plant operators at the City of Toledo’s wastewater treatment plant are allowed to apply their class B biosolids on a field in a nearby township.
Sludge Dewatering Machine Market Analysis by Size, Share, Key Drivers, Growth Opportunities and Global Trends 2022
360 Market Updates, International (7/23/17) -- “The 'Global and Chinese Sludge dewatering machine Industry, 2012-2022 Market Research Report' is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the global sludge dewatering machine industry with a focus on the Chinese market.”
Raleigh’s Sunflowers Draw Crowds, But City Asks Visitors to Stop Jumping Fence
Raleigh, NC (7/10/17) -- Fields covered in sunflowers along the Neuse River Greenway have been a destination for residents and visitors of Raleigh for years. The sunflower fields also serve as a site for biosolids application. When the sunflowers are harvested, the seeds are used to produce biodiesel.
Webinar Recording of Biosolids Training from 2-8-17
EPA (7/11/17) -- This webinar from February 2017 explains how to electronically report your biosolids annual report.
Walters: Scott Launches Award Program for Responsible Farming
Vermont, State (7/13/17) -- Vermont Governor Phil Scott unveiled a voluntary program aimed at encouraging environmental responsibility among Vermont farmers. The event spurred conversation about the beneficial use of biosolids because the farm where the unveiling took place uses biosolids. Both environmentalists and biosolids supporters use the Vermont House Bill H.211 to support the claim of the material being safe to use or dangerous.
Lystek Wins Contract for Biosolids Treatment in San Francisco
San Francisco, CA (7/18/17) -- Lystek was awarded a two-year contract for beneficial reuse of biosolids services by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). Lystek will process up to 3,500 tons of biosolids per year into a Class A EQ product at its Organic Material Recovery Center, located at the Fairfield Suisun Sewer District (FSSD) in Fairfield, California (Lystek OMRC-FSSD).
Grimsby Energy Applies to Feed Digester Household and Grocery Store Waste
Grimsby, ON, Canada (6/30/17) -- Grimsby Energy provides electricity for the town of Grimsby by producing biogas from locally grown and produced plant matter. The plant has applied for a change to their anaerobic digester project under the Environmental Protection Act to accommodate both source separated organics (SSO), which is compost and expired food from grocery stores, as well as biosolids. Although the application allows for biosolids digestion, the company has stated on multiple occasions it will not accept biosolids due to concerns over heavy metals and odor issues.
Editorial: Something Stinks with Biodigester
"Grimsby Council Mum on Biodigesters Finances
Wastewater Plant's Future Looking More Solid by the Day
Gladstone, Queensland, Australia (7/5/17) --Upgrades at the Gladstone Wastewater Treatment Plant are expected to boost the capacity of the plant to produce biosolids. In addition to adding treatment capacity the plant will also begin chemically stabilising its own biosolids on site, so the material can be shipped to commercial buyers directly from the plant.
Nothing Going to Waste: Summerside Using Human Waste as Fertilizer for Green Spaces
Summerside, PEI, Canada (7/5/17) -- The City of Summerside has started using biosolids on parks and sports fields within the city. The city parks and greenspace manager cited various benefits to using biosolids and mentioned they will test the soil next spring to evaluate whether the will continue using the product.
Sechelt, BC, Canada (6/30/17) -- The District of Sechelt has signed an extended biosolids composting agreement with Salish Soils. Sechelt’s Water Resource Centre produces a biosolids and pays to transport those solids to Salish Soils, where it is composted.
Local RMs to Take Part in Biosolids Program
Winnipeg, MB, Canada (7/14/17) -- The City of Winnipeg is planning a pilot project to land apply 5,000 metric tons of biosolids on farmland. If the project is successful the city plans to increase the amount of land applied biosolids up to 20,000 metric tons. This initiative is motivated by Winnipeg’s biosolids master plan completed by the City in 2014.
Calgary P3 Biosolids Project Reaches Substantial Completion
Calgary, AB, Canada (7/13/17) -- Calgary’s new source separated organics (SSO) and Class A biosolids in-vessel composting facility is near completion. The project is a P3 project between Maple Reinders PPP Limited is a partner with the City of Calgary. The facility will process 40,000 wet metric tons of biosolids and will be the first commercial building in Alberta to be registered under the LEED Gold v4 stander. It is the largest facility of its kind in North America.
Orangeville Sewage Treatment Plant Requires $1M Repair After Biosolids Spill
Orangeville, ON, Canada (7/13/17) -- In April of 2015 sludge was found oozing from the top of one of the anaerobic digesters at the Water Pollution Control Plant in Orangeville. After making multiple attempts to seal all the leaks, the city has decided to replace the roof of the digester at the cost of $1 Million.