Biosolids Newsclips 11-17-17

News from Beyond the MABA Region

Plan to Treat Sludge From Palo Alto at Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District Site Advances
Palo Alto, CA (10/25/17) - Progress has been made in the partnership to process Palo Alto’s sludge at a facility on property of the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District. The addition of Palo Alto’s sludge will help increase methane production for the facility, reducing electricity costs.

Feeling Dumped On: Mason Residents Upset By Biosolids Near Their Homes
Mason, MI (10/25/17) - Residents in Mason are considering purchasing land that the Portage Lake Water and Sewage Authority uses to apply biosolids. The authority applied biosolids to the site for 20 years starting in 1973 and renewed a 20 year lease to apply biosolids to the area in 2013. Residents have started to become concerned about the potential health effects and risks for contaminating groundwater and a nearby lake. Neil Hutzler, chair of the authority board, said testing over the past 25 years had not found groundwater contamination. A report from White Water Associates found that local sites had metals to be within the limits.
Biosolids Experts Answer Mason Residents Concerns

Continuing Scourge of Microplastics in Water to Be Gauged by New Research
University of Kansas (10/25/17) - Belinda Sturm, associate professor of civil, environmental & architectural engineering at the University of Kansas is leading a three-year $300,000 effort supported by the National Science Foundation to identify how plastics are transported into waters. The study will have several components including; engaging facilities through a sampling campaign to develop a publically accessible database, conducting experiments at the KU Biological Field Station to discover how microplastics in biosolids make their way into water through runoff and exploring how extracellular polymeric substances or EPS could help to clean water of more microplastics at wastewater plants.

Flat Rock Community Fights Against Biosolids
Chattanooga, TN (10/26/17) - At the recent Jackson County Commission work session, several Jackson County residents gathered to voice their concerns about the land application of biosolids in their community. They were linking land applied biosolids to local health problems.

Flagstaff City Council To Conduct A Light Work Session Tuesday Afternoon
Flagstaff, AZ (10/30/17) - The Flagstaff City Council held a working session to discuss the water service’s plan to conduct a Biosolids Master Plan. The plan will define a roadmap on how the city wants to treat, manage and dispose of wastewater biosolids from the Wildcat Hill Water Reclamation Plant.

Ketchikan Landfill Aims to Offer One-Stop Disposal Service
Ketchikan, AK (11/1/17) - Ketchikan’s city run landfill has an extensive recycling program. Among other initiatives, the facility composts yard waste with sludge from the city’s wastewater plant to use as soil for capping parts of the landfill.

Walbridge Opposes Sludge Application
Walbridge, OH (11/6/17) - “A resolution opposing the application of sewage sludge on local fields has been approved by Walbridge Village Council.” The township resolution requests that the EPA cease allowing the application of biosolids on farmland in the township because of potential runoff into local waterways.

Amid Policy Disputes, Austin Waste Contract Might Pose Lobbying Test
Austin, TX (11/7/17) - Political disputes over how Austin’s city waste contracts and lobbying restrictions were handled have halted the issuing of new contracts and spurred a stakeholder process to change the rules. The company most recognized for opposing the lobbying process is Texas Disposal Systems. They refused to operate within the current lobbying restrictions, which prompted the review. The council needs to move forward with a new biosolids contract and is now looking to do so free of any lobbying restrictions at this point in time.
Alter: Council is Letting Garbage Company Rewrite Lobbying Rules

City Races Winter to Empty Sewage Tanks
Port Huron, MI (11/16/17) - Biosolids appliers are racing to land apply their stored biosolids before the winter months. Port Huron has land applied about 6 million gallons of biosolids, so far.

News from Abroad

Immobilization of Heavy Metals in Sewage Sludge During Land Application Process in China: A Review
University of Shandong and Qilu University of Technology, China (11/7/17) - This article presents the environmental risks of heavy metals in biosolids, the common immobilization mechanism and speciation transformation occurring during the composting process and the problems that arise during the immobilization process. A link to the full report is here.

The Impact of Sewage Sludge and Compost on Winter Triticale
Tunisia (11/3/17) - “The present study was carried out to evaluate the effects of sewage sludge, and green waste compost application, on a forage crop, triticale “X Triticosecale Wittmack” compared to unfertilized control.” To read the full abstract follow the link in the title.

Composite Biomass Energy Helps Generate Renewable Energy in Japan
Toyohashi, Aichi, Japan (11/3/17) - A public private partnership has led to the construction and operation of a combined biomass energy facility receiving treated sewage sludge, garbage and human waste from residents in Toyohashi City.

Yorkshire Water Embraces the Sludge Treatment Market
Bradford, UK (10/31/17) - Yorkshire Water is looking to offer more opportunities for third-party companies to enhance how it transports, treats and recycles sludge.

Thames Water Draws up New Smell-Control Measure for Oxford Sewage Treatment Works in Littlemore
Oxford, UK (10/31/17) - A consortium of landowners, including Oxford City Council, Magdalen College and Thames Water, are hoping to sell off land immediately south of a treatment plant, for a 3,500-homes estate.The company had specialists from Odournet run an official Odor Impact Assessment and decided to increase their smell-control methods. The proposed changes include installing a new cover for their digested sludge holding tank, new walls for the open-sided 'cake barn' and a new odor control unit. They are also planning a new 15m high stack to 'disperse emissions from the cake barn.

Severn Trent Invests £60m in Biogas Upgrade
Sutton Coldfield, UK (11/1/17) - Severn Trent has invested in a thermal hydrolysis plant at the Minworth Sewage Treatment Works that is expected to be fully operational by 2018. As a company, Severn Trent hopes to generate about 50% of their energy by 2020 and the thermal hydrolysis process will be influential in reaching that goal.

Stench from Biosolids in Rural B.C. Community Raises Concerns
Barnhartvale, BC, Canada (11/1/17) - The smell coming from biosolids applied at a nearby farm has residents in Barnhartvale concerned that the odor may impact the community’s health.

Company Ordered to Stop Sludge Works
Adamstown, Wexford, Ireland (10/28/17) - Enva Organics is part of a group that was issued an enforcement notice to cease the unauthorized change of use of land for the storage of biosolids for use as an organic fertilizer by the planning enforcement department at Wexford County Council. The enforcement notice came after residents issued complaints about odors coming from stored biosolids. Enva is working to comply with the planning enforcement notice and has ceased all use of the facility pending a decision by the planning authority. They have
applied for planning permission to use a shed on the land for storage.
Planning Denied for Controversial Wexford Sludge Site Over ‘Risk to Public Health’
Adamstown Sludge Plant Refused Planning

Manure, Biosolids Management Program Launched in Ontario
Ontario, BC, Canada (11/7/17) - The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) is offering a funding program by helping invest in nutrient application equipment. The Manure and Biosolids Management Program is offering 60 percent cost-share support, up to a maximum of $25,000 per business for Ontario’s nutrient applicators. Funding is available on a first-come first-served basis.

Summerland Says No to Biosolid Compost Site
Summerland, BC, Canada (10/24/17) - Summerland councilors voted against a proposal by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) to build a biosolids composting facility at the local landfill.
Compost Decision Needed Further Study, Waterman Says