Biosolids NewsClips 10-5-18

News from Within the MABA Region

Orege Signs SLG Solution Agreement with Town of Hammonton, New Jersey
Hammonton, NJ (9/24/18) - “Orege announced the signing of a 10-year SLG® Solution lease agreement with the Town of Hammonton, New Jersey.” Hammonton is located between Philadelphia and Atlantic City, in a region where biosolids management is a sensitive environmental challenge.
Plainfield Township Appeals DEP's Ruling on Proposed Sludge Treatment Plant
Plainfield Township, PA (9/14/18) - “Plainfield Township officials say they disagree with the state's decision to waive permits for a former quarry collecting stormwater near a proposed sewage treatment facility.” The quarry is currently used as a sedimentation basin for the landfill and will continue to be used in that manner. Those that are in objection are worried that continued use of the basin and adding fill to the quarry will cause contamination of the water.

News from Beyond the MABA Region

Human Waste Contributes to Nutrient Overload
Okeechobee, FL (9/12/18) - Based on this article, Florida has been tough on eliminating phosphorus from dairy runoff, but has not been as strict on land appliers of biosolids. The distribution of Class AA biosolids fertilizer products is not regulated and regulations for other biosolids have come about slowly.

Ohio EPA Approves Wayne County Biosolids Lagoon
Wooster, OH (9/25/18) - Buckeye Biogas, a subsidiary of Quasar Energy, received permit approval from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to install a 9.2 million gallon biosolids storage pond in Wayne County. Biosolids leaving the facility will be Class B.

Are Colorado Crops Being Fertilized with Human Waste?
Colorado (9/22/18) - This article highlights the use of biosolids on farmland in Colorado. It cites a study by the USGS with the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District as well as some reporting from the Colorado Sun “Where Does Our Poop End Up? Probably Spread On Farmland in Eastern Colorado”.

Petition Slams City’s New Rural Sludge Site
Alexander Township, OH (9/23/18) - The city of Athens plans to apply biosolids to land owned by Ohio University. Residents living near the field started a petition listing physical, mental, and environmental health risks associated with the land application of biosolids.

Materials in Boise’s Compost Bin go to Special Facility
Boise, MO (9/24/18) - Twenty Mile South Farm, owned and operated by the City of Biose, uses biosolids from the city water renewal facilities to fertilize its fields where alfalfa, corn and winter wheat are grown. Separate from the biosolids program, the farm receives organic material from the City of Biose that is composted and available for residents’ use.

City Runs into Sewage Sludge Problem
Huntington, OH (9/27/18) - A landfill in Ohio stopped accepting the city of Huntington’s biosolids, complaining of a bad odor. Now the city will need to find a new solution for disposing of their sewage sludge.
Editorial: City Must Minimize Rate Increases in Sludge Issue
Huntington Officials Working to Combat Sewer Sludge Problem

San Juan Bautista City Council Approves Sludge Removal Contract
San Juan Bautista, CA (9/26/18) - The San Juan Bautista City Council approved a contract with Synagro to haul 370 tons of the 400 tons of sewage sludge they have in their storage ponds. City officials hope to have further discussion with Synagro to have the full 400 tons removed for $400,000.

Area Sewer Treatment Plant Upgrades to Move Forward With $2.75 Million Loan
Webb City, MO (9/28/18) - Upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment facility will fund the installation of a zinc-contaminated sludge remover and a dryer. This step will allow the plant to add the resulting dried sludge to compost for topsoil used in land cleanup projects.

News from Abroad

Precious Metals in Sewage Sludge
University of Wolverhampton, England (9/26/18) - Researchers at the University of Wolverhampton have set up a research project exploring the value of extracting the precious materials out of sewage sludge. The “ultimate goal of this research, is to develop a one-point process where optimal extraction of precious materials can be obtained from sewage sludge. The recovery processes may include physical, chemical and biological applications and the overall cost will depend on the efficiency and complexity of each recovery method.”

City of Kamloops Still Exploring Options for Biosolids
Kamloops, BC, Canada (9/25/18) - The city of Kamloops’ Biosolids Management Stakeholder Committee presented an update on their search to find a way to manage the 12,500 metric tons of biosolids produced at the sewage treatment center. One suggestion from the committee was to put more effort into educating the public about biosolids and their potential use.
City Still Investigating How to Manage Biosolids
The City's Looking at Putting Your Rotten Food with Your Treated Poop