News from Within the MABA Region
What’s in that compost? The answer may surprise you
Watertown, NY (12/20/17) - Mike Hunter, field crop specialist with the North Country Regional Ag Team at Cornell University, answers questions about biosolids in bagged compost and biosolids applied on agricultural fields.
WOYM: Readers React to Recent Columns on Sludge, Bumpy Roads, Old TVs and Black Walnuts
Roanoke, VA (12/31/17) - Western Virginia Water Authority and Virginia Tech have collaborated on research into the use of biosolids as a building material for flower pots. “According to a Virginia Tech master’s degree thesis in environmental engineering, published in February by candidate Peyton Stone, a variety of mixes of biosolids, polymer, natural glue, fiber and starch were tried in order to find the optimum blend for containers.”
Greenwich 'Odor' Linked to Fertilizer, Cold Weather
Greenwich, NY (1/2/18) - Odors in Greenwich were traced back to biosolid fertilizer piles sitting on farmland. Cold weather prevented the farmer from spreading the biosolids and also prevented the odors from rising and spreading so they could disperse and not maintain such a strong odor. Another article with a short video can be found “'Ooh that smell' traced to steaming fertilizer too cold to spread"
Area Residents Speak Out Against Proposed Lystek Facility in Glen
Glen, NY (12/21/17) - Residents recently spoke out against a Lystek facility proposed to go into the Glen Canal View Business Park. Lystek officials will speak at a Jan 18th meeting where the company will submit a formal application for the plant. Residents brought to question the possible job growth from the facility and the environmental impact the facility will have on the community.
Glen Waiting on More Feedback Before Acting on Lystek
News from Beyond the MABA Region
Citizens' Group Happy with Sludge Decision
Mill Canyon, WA (12/20/17) - Gary Rosman, the landowner of Rosman Farms, decided to decrease the land he requested to have treated with biosolids after local residents expressed health concerns about the application. The original application was for 884 acres, but the Department of Ecology ended up signing off on a permit for 157 acres.
E. Washington farm receives scaled-down biosolids permit
Permit Will Limit Use of Treated Sludge on Lincoln County Farm
Draft EIS Complete for Proposed Energy Conversion Project
Wailuku-Kahului, HI (12/30/17) - “A draft environmental impact statement has been completed for a proposed renewable energy conversion and sludge processing project at the Wailuku-Kahului Wastewater Reclamation Facility.” An anaerobic digester will be installed and methane will be produced and refined from energy crops to fuel a combined heat-and-power engine to generate electricity for the treatment plant. Excess heat from the process will be used to help dry sludge. “Maui County selected Maui All Natural Alternative, an Anaergia Services company, to coordinate the project.”
Microbe-Impregnated Matrices Reduced Biosolids in Wastewater
San Francisco, CA (1/1/18) - Drylet has developed porous particles with large surface areas that are loaded with biosolids consuming microbes. “We are looking to reprogram the microbial communities at wastewater treatment plants to promote the microbial activity of beneficial microbes and help them outcompete those that are less useful,” Luka Erceg, president and CEO of Drylet.
Growing Solutions to a Wastewater Problem
McPherson, KS (1/3/18) - McPherson wastewater treatment facility produces a biosolids they apply to 200 acres of farmland owned by the city. This article shares more about the rules and regulations they follow.
News from Abroad
No Easy Fit for Compost Site
Kelowna, BC, Canada (12/28/17) - The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) is struggling to find a location for a proposed regional composting facility. Their original hope was to construct a facility able to accept yard waste and wastewater sludge, but the proposed locations are too small. Now, the RDOS is recommending new feasibility studies for having one facility specifically for wastewater sludge and another for foodwarste.
Scientist Extracts Phosphate from Sewage
Seoul, South Korea (12/29/17) - Choi Ye-duk, a wastewater researcher at the Seoul Institute of Health and Environment, has found a way to shorten phosphorus extraction times for incinerated sewage ash.