News from Within the MABA Region
Farmer Defends Use of Biosolids at DEP Meeting in Dauphin County; Many Neighbors Remain Unsettled
Dauphin County, PA (4/11/18) - Citizens are speaking out about odors coming from a farm that land applied biosolids. The farmer plans to continue using biosolids fertilizer, an action which is supported by the Right to Farm Act.
Companies Seek Permit Changes to Haul Nonhazardous Waste from Allen Harim in Millsboro
Millsboro, DE (4/11/18) - Clark’s Environmental Services and Denali Water Solutions are permitted to haul wastewater for Allen Harim's hatchery. The poultry producer is waiting for approval to house a new deboning operation in Millsboro which would require additional wastewater hauling until the producer gets its spray irrigation system permitted for wastewater disposal. Both Clark’s Environmental and Denali are requesting permit changes to allow them to temporarily haul wastewater and sludge from Allen Harim’s new Millsboro operation.
Citizens come out against Allen Harim permit
Lystek Myths vs. Facts
Glen, NY (4/8/18) - Kurt Meyer, the president of Lystek International Ltd., wrote an editorial to highlight fact versus fiction surrounding discussions about the development of an Organic Materials Recovery Center at the Glen Canal View Industrial Business Park. A small group of individuals opposing the idea of the project appear to have stepped-up, claiming to speak for the community of Glen, but they only constitute a small percentage of the population.
Opposition to Lystek Grows
N&H TOPLINE: Remnants of Antibiotics Persist in Treated Farm Waste
Buffalo, NY (4/13/18) - Two new studies led by Dr. Diana Aga, the Henry M. Woodburn professor of chemistry in the University at Buffalo College of Arts & Sciences, found that both advanced anaerobic digestion and reverse osmosis filtration leave behind measurable levels of antibiotic residues, which can include the drugs themselves as well as the molecules into which the drugs break down. This study tested animal manure, but the same is true for human waste. “Aga pointed to composting as one area to explore. Her team is studying how advanced anaerobic digestion can be used in conjunction with composting of solid materials to remove antibiotics and their breakdown products from manure. The preliminary results of the research, which have not yet been published, are promising, Aga said.”
News from Beyond the MABA Region
Can Dirt Save the Earth
Southern California (4/18/18) - Carbon farming is a growing practice in California. Land applying compost is seen as a form of carbon farming that pulls carbon from the atmosphere while helping cut down on fertilizer and herbicide use by ranchers making the practice a win-win. Although the practice is celebrated by farmers and environmentalists in various sectors, it’s unclear whether this practice will serve to be even a drop in the bucket when looking at ways to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
New York Poop Train Won't Derail Parrish Coal Fest
Parrish, AL (4/6/18) - Odors cause by rail carts were not expected to disturb the Parrish Coal Festival. Coverage of this story is still in full swing as you can see below.
Choo ... Poo? Trainloads Of Human Waste Stink Up Alabama Town
‘David and Goliath Situation’: How New York City Poop Became a Rural Alabama Town’s Problem
Here's Why Southerners Are Tired of Taking New York's Poop
Stalled poop train stinks up Alabama town
How New York City’s Shit Ended Up Stuck On a Train in Alabama
Train with NYC's human waste stranded in Alabama
Why Is a Train Filled with Human Poop Stuck Outside This Alabama Tow
Another Place Plastics Are Turning Up: Organic Fertilizer From Food Waste
International (4/6/18) - “Tiny particles of plastic are showing up all over the world, floating in the ocean, buried in soil, in food and even in beer. Now there’s new research that’s found microplastics in fertilizer — organic fertilizer from food waste, in fact.” This is in addition to microplastics showing up in biosolids destined for land application.
Council Committee Eyes Zero-Waste Option for City’s Aging Sewage Sludge Incinerator
Edmonds, WA (4/11/18) - For decades, the City of Edmonds has been processing and incinerating their sewage. Rising repair and part replacement costs, in addition to increased environmental regulations have the city of Edmonton looking to a new sludge management solution. After considering several options, city staff believe that drying the sludge and using a pyrolysis process to create a biochar that could be used at city parks or sold as a soil conditioner or amendment is their best option. The council’s next step will be to approve of a $236,000 contract with Ameresco to conduct an engineering analysis and preliminary design for a system to replace the sludge incinerator, including a closer look at the pyrolysis option.
Ohio EPA to Hold Hearing on Biosolids Lagoon
Wooster, OH (4/11/18) - “The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will hold an informational meeting and hearing to discuss the permit-to-install application for the Wiles Storage Pond, April 17 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster.” The following is the old and the new coverage on this story
Wayne County Residents Oppose Waste Lagoon
Township Residents Concerned About Farm Operations
Wayne Co. Residents Share Disdain for Wiles Lagoon with Ohio EPA
BCR Announces Major Rebranding Rollout in Coming Months
Jacksonville, FL (4/11/18) - BCR recently announced it will be rolling out a major repositioning and brand refresh this spring. This parallels their expansion to provide biosolids treatment technologies across North America. “The new branding comes to life in a new BCR Overview video that explains who BCR is, and details the biosolids treatment technology solutions through customer case stories.”
Wastewater Treatment Industry Veteran Dana M. Hicks Joins BCR as Vice President of Sale
ECUA: Test Showing Salmonella In Compost Was Incorrect
Pensacola, FL (4/12/18) - “Days after compost from the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority tested positive for Salmonella, follow up testing indicated the positive test result was incorrect.” The ECUA originally notified Florida Department of Environmental Protection who advised ECUA to contact customers who received the material to inform them of potential exposure, to resample the material to confirm the results, and to retrieve delivered compost where feasible. Re-tests did not show any indication of Salmonella.
Faster, Cheaper Wastewater Treatment Through Improved Oxidation Reactions
Riverside, CA (4/12/18) - Yadong Yin, a professor of chemistry at University of California Riverside’s College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, and colleagues have identified what they call a “co-catalyst” to improve the speed and efficiency of the removal of pollutants using AOPs. The addition and action of the co-catalyst, powdered metal sulfide, reduces the amount of hydrogen peroxide and ferrous catalyst needed and helps prevent the formation of the sludge. The results are published in this paper titled “Metal Sulfides as Excellent Co-catalysts for H2O2 Decomposition in Advanced Oxidation Processes”.
News from Abroad
Tirupur May Get Power from Sludge with Aid from Gates Foundation
Tiruppur, Kongu Nadu, India (4/16/18) - According to sources, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has approached the Tiruppur Corporation to set up a power plant to generate electricity out of sewage sludge. The foundation is surveying households to calculate the amount of raw materials they should expect to receive and will prepare a detailed project report to submit to the corporation.
Bristol Energy is Turning One Million People's POO Into Gas That Could Be Used to Heat Your Home
Bristol, United Kingdom (4/16/18) - Bristol Energy is working with GENeco on a project to convert sewage in bristol into methane gas using anaerobic digestion.
BDI to engineer scale-up of phosphorus recycling plant in Germany
Hamburg, Germany (4/6/18) - BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH has been contracted for a scale-up project funded by the German environmental ministry to recover phosphorus from sewage sludge with Remondis and Hamburg Wasser. After a 2 year pilot phase using the Remondis TetraPhos technology, BDI has been given the responsibility to scale-up, preparing documents for the engineering authorities and detailed engineering. The plant is expected to be operational by 2020, recovering 6,500 tons of pure phosphorous acid from 20,000 tons of sludge per year.
According to this study, co-processing leads to higher heavy metal emissions
Effects of Co-Processing Sewage Sludge in the Cement Kiln on PAHs, Heavy Metals Emissions and the Surrounding Environment
Beijing, China (4/8/18) - Samples of the flue gas from a stack, ambient air and soil around a cement plant co-processing sewage sludge were collected and tested for Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heavy metals. Results found that “co-processing sewage sludge results in the increase in PAHs and heavy metals emissions, especially high molecular weight PAHs and low-volatile heavy metals such as Cd and Pb in the particle phase, while it does not change their compositions and distribution patterns significantly.”. The full study can be found here.
CAMBI Wins Big in Australia to Treat Sydney’s Sludge
Sydney, Australia (4/10/18) - More on CAMBI’s contract with Utility Sydney Water to install its thermal hydrolysis process to treat sludge from two water recycling plants.