Biosolids NewsClips 10-17-18

News from Within the MABA Region

ReNEW Water Project Measures Water, Nutrients, Energy Recovered By U.S. Utilities
Water Environment Federation (10/5/18) - The Water Environment Federation’s project, ReNEW, analyzes resource recovery by U.S. water utilities Water Project by using data “from national and state databases, publications, and a utility survey, which represents about 25 percent of municipal wastewater flow and about 20 percent of biosolids produced in the U.S…. The first step was establishing the baseline for current resource recovery practices. Later this fall, WEF will announce goals for water utilities to increase resource recovery from baseline levels. New data will be collected on a biannual basis and expanded to Canadian water facilities.”

Stench of Sewer Sludge Raises Concerns in Loudoun Co.
Leesburg, VA (10/3/18) - Neighbors of a farm that recently applied biosolids on its fields in Loudoun County are complaining about odors and an drastic increase in flies lured to the application site. Members of the county board of supervisors expressed interest in developing legislation that would enable more local control over the application of Class B biosolids.
County Board Summons Virginia DEQ About Biosolids Sites
'It A Smell of Human Feces:' Loudoun County Residents Raise a Stink Over Bio-solid Fertilizer
Concerns Over Biosolids in Loudoun Feels Like a ‘Science Experiment’
Farm Neighbors Renew Objections to Use of Biosolid Fertilizer

Kingston to Appeal Decision in Sludge Lawsuit with Pellet Maker Aslan
Kingston, NY (10/4/18) - The city of Kingston has been trying to sever a contract with the Aslan Environmental, the company leasing pellet-making equipment for use at the city's wastewater treatment plant. The system began operation in 2007 and in 2015 the system failed when the main shaft stopped working correctly. While in the process of hiring an engineer to design and manufacture a new main shaft, the city took legal action for breach of contract. The city also claims the company engaged in fraud and bid-rigging when it obtained its contract in 2004. This article explains the details of the court’s ruling. The city will appeal this decision.

News from Beyond the MABA Region

EPA Approves New Equipment for Bath Twp. Biosolid Treatment Facility
Bath Township, OH (10/2/18) - The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has agreed to let the biosolids treatment facility run by Dovetail Energy LLC add more heat tanks and a new feedstock tank. This will improve the quality of the biosolids produced to address concerns of odor and public health.
EPA Issues Permit-to-Install at Local Facility

Synagro Wins Contract to Operate Greater Lawrence Sanitary District’s Dryer
Merrimack Valley, MA (10/2/18) - Synagro recently announced it has been contracted to operate and maintain a biosolids drying facility owned by the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District (GLSD). The facility produces a class A biosolids and is working to become an energy neutral facility utilizing sustainable resources and digester gas to fuel its dryers.

Lystek Thermal Hydrolysis Process Commissioned in the City of St. Cloud, MN, as a Key Component in its Nutrient Recovery/Reuse Project
Cloud, MN (10/5/18) - Lystek has commissioned another installment of its low temperature Thermal Hydrolysis Process (Lystek THP) at the City of St. Cloud, Minnesota, as part of the city's Nutrient Recovery and Reuse (NR2) Project. The plant has a design flow of 17.9 MGD and and will produce a class A biosolids using Lystek’s process. “The model project was partially funded through a grant made possible by the Minnesota Clean Water Legacy Act, which aims to fund on the ground organizations to protect and restore waterways.
Lystek Thermal Hydrolysis Process Commissioned as Part of Nutrient Recovery/Reuse Project

News from Abroad

We Need More Carbon in Our Soil to Help Australian Farmers Through the Drought
Orange, New South Wales, Australia (10/11/18) - Soils in Australia are under constant stress from droughts. Climate change will only exacerbate the issue. In order to improve soils structure to hold more water farmers are looking for ways to increase the organic content in soils. One farmer in NSW has demonstrated the benefits of applying biosolids to his farmland through corn production. Land that has received biosolids showed increased crop growth.

NWSC, Water for People to Make Briquettes from Faecal Sludge
Kampala, Uganda (10/11/18) - The National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) on recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Water for People Uganda to produce briquettes made from sewage sludge as a substitute for wood fuel and charcoal.