Biosolids Newsclips 10-5-17

News from Beyond the MABA Region

Biosolids Stench Dissipates From Glen Ellyn After Wastewater Plant Takes Action
Glen Ellyn, IL (10/2/17) -- In our last Newsclips we heard about the initial discovery of odors from digesters in Glen Ellyn being in an “upset condition” in the article Overwhelming Odor in Glen Ellyn: Wastewater Authority Presents Game Plan. Since then, the facility took action and recently a third-party testing facility found that "none of the organic compounds detected in the area around the wastewater treatment plant exceeded the acceptable levels according to the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety Standards."

Study: Rain and Snow Can Transport Chemicals to Minnesota’s Lakes, Rivers
MN, State (9/29/17) -- Biosolids may be one of many sources of pharmaceuticals and other chemicals found in remote Minnesota lakes.

Soil Amendments for Healthier Spinach
Salinas Valley, CA (10/4/17) -- Soils in Salinas, California are naturally rich in cadmium and as a result, spinach grown in the area can sometimes contain levels of cadmium beyond the amount determined safe. To address high levels of cadmium in otherwise fertile soils, researchers from the Sustainable Mineral Institute in Brisbane, Australia are testing zinc and manganese salts, limestone and biosolids compost as soil amendments. Research found that a combination of compost, zinc and limestone brought the levels of cadmium found in spinach down to nontoxic levels. They hope to extend the study to determine the ideal combination of amendments and to study vegetables besides spinach. Purchase the full research article Spinach from a Cd-Mineralized Soil, Journal of Environment Quality.

Making a Stink
Spokane, WA (9/21/17) - This is another story coming from Spokane about the proposed biosolids permit for land at Rosman Farms. Community members formed the group, Protect Mill Canyon Watershed, that opposes the permit and is calling for the Department of Ecology to “halt all biosolids permits in the state  until further research is completed”. Their effort is supported by the local Sierra Club, the Columbia Institute for Water Policy and other environmental groups and nonprofits. For more information, you can check out the article included in the last Newsclips “Mill Canyon Farm Applies to use Fertilizer Derived from Municipal Sewage” or another article we found this week “Lincoln County Residents Fight Biosolids on Nearby Farm

News from Abroad

Bio-solid Composter Plant to Close
Waikato, New Zealand (9/26/17) -- The biosolids composter unit in Waikato, New Zealand will be shut down because the operating costs exceeds the savings.
Whitianga Bio-solid Composter Unit Closed

Achieving Stable Mainstream Nitrogen Removal Via the Nitrite Pathway by Sludge Treatment Using Free Ammonia
The University of Queensland, Australia (9/26/17) -- Researchers at the University of Queensland have published this piece on Nitrogen Removal. “This study demonstrates an innovative approach for attaining the nitrite pathway based on sludge treatment using free ammonia (FA, i.e., NH3)”.

Australian Farmers Are Using Human Waste as Fertilizer. And it's Working
Sydney, Australia (9/27/17) -- More happy farmers using biosolids in Australia. This time with a short video!
Hawkesbury Poo Helping Farmers in Central West and Hunter

Sludge Facility Project Gets Moving
Hanover, ON, Canada (9/27/17) -- The construction cost of a biosolids storage facility in Hanover has doubled because additional work needs to be done in order to fall within government regulations. The town has decided not to apply for additional funding and will need to pull more from their sewer reserve funds to cover the extra costs.

Nawassco Ventures Into Producing Fertilizer Out of Human Waste
Nakuru, Kenya (9/28/17) -- Nakuru Water and Sanitation Service Company, NAWASSCO, is producing a struvite and biochar from their sludge. Right now they are facing challenges with funding and are experiencing high production costs because they need to source magnesium oxide.

Ladysmith Expects Costs Overruns on Construction of New Biosolids Facility
Ladysmith, BC, Canada (9/28/17) -- Ladysmith’s new biosolids facility will be slightly over budget due to unforeseen costs in the geotechnical works as well as additional work needed for the building code analysis and for coordinating registered professionals.