Biosolids Newsclips 12-8-17

News from Within the MABA Region

Why a Proposed Sludge Treatment Plant May Have Hit a Bump in the Road
Plainfield Township, PA (12/1/17) - Synagro’s proposed heat recovery center at the Grand Central Sanitary Landfill in Plainfield Township has come across another hurdle. The facility would not follow a township zoning ordinance that requires buildings be built on property that has frontage on a public street or private street.

Numerous Environmental Violations at Mountaire in Millsboro
Millsboro, DE (11/18/17) - Mountaire Farm recently received a notice of violations by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Water. Among the violations listed in the notice was a violation from when Mountaire land applied biosolids throughout the summer of 2017 without notifying or submitting a cropping plan to DNREC. 

WOYM: Sewage Sludge by Any Other Name Would Smell as ... Sweet Profits for Region's Farmers
Roanoke, VA (11/19/17) - Western Virginia Water Authority’s wastewater treatment plant treats an average of 37 million gallons of wastewater daily. The facility offers their biosolids to local farmers for free and currently has a three year waiting list for farms looking to receive the solids. 

Biochar Plant Gets a Reaction
Fort Edward, NY (11/22/17) - John Dowd, a partner with Smart Terra Care, wants to build a biochar factory at a site in Fort Edward. The plant would take biomass waste from paper plants and biosolids waste from wastewater treatment plants to create a biochar that could be used as a fertilizer. 

News from Beyond the MABA Region

DETERMINATION OF NONSIGNIFICANCE (DNS) AND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Description of Proposal: 2015 Biosolids General Permit Revision
Long Beach, WA (11/21/17) - The public comment period for a proposed biosolids land application site in Pacific County, Washington was open until November 28. 

LETTER: The Woes of Biosolids in Ellis County
Ellis County, TX (11/16/17) - Anti-biosolids activist Craig Monk shares his standard rant in this Letter to the Editor. The Trinity River Authority responded to Monk’s letter in LETTER: In response to Craig Monk.

Village of Los Lunas to Invest in New Composting Project
Los Lunas, NM (11/22/17) - The Los Lunas village council recently approved the exploration and development of an industrial compost facility. The recycling facility will take sewage sludge and yard waste and produce a soil amendment. Currently, the city’s wastewater facility is capable of producing a Class B biosolids. The new facility will produce a higher quality product.

Canada-Based Waste-to-Energy Project Receives EPIC Backing
Santa Barbara, CA (11/24/17) - Lystek International was recently awarded a $1.5 million grant from the California Energy Commission's Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC). Lystek is expected to partner with Goleta Sanitary District and the University of California in Santa Barbara to deploy an organics to energy system. Lystek will construct and operate the unit, Goleta will be the host site and the university will provide the feedstock and potential volunteer participation from students and faculty. 

Albany, Millersburg to Sue CH2M Hill
Albany, OR (12/2/17) - The Albany and Millersburg city councils recently “agreed to take legal action against engineering firm CH2M Hill, seeking a remedy for damages caused by what they claim is defective work on their wastewater reclamation facility and the Talking Water Gardens wetlands.” CH2M Hill recommended a technology from Siemens that was expected to reduce the volume of biosolids and allow for land application. Both cities believe the technology has failed, requiring them to send their biosolids to landfill. 

News from Abroad

EBRD-Financed New Biogas Plant in Belarus to Turn Waste into Energy
Baranovichi, Belarus (12/1/17) - “The first biogas plant under a framework agreement between the government of Belarus and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in the municipal and environmental infrastructure sector has started operation in Baranovichi, a city in western Belarus with a population of more than 170,000 people.” 

Seeking for Opportunities with Yara Finland to Utilise Nutrients from Sludge in Fertilizers
Finland (11/23/17) - UPM, a company focused on creating sustainable solutions within the bio and forest industries are “working with crop nutrition company Yara to research possibilities for agricultural reuse of nutrients retrieved from the sludge originating from the pulp and paper mills’ production processes.” In the research project by UPM and Yara they used sludge from paper mills’ production processes as a fertilizer. The presented their findings at the “Feeding the Future” seminar in Helsinki.