Biosolids Newsclips 5-3-18

News from Within the MABA Region

Farm Trying To Use Treated Sewage Sludge as Fertilizer
East Penn Township, PA (4/26/18) - “East Penn Township hired a law firm to appeal a decision by the Department of Environmental Protection, approving Maryland-based company Synagro to use the sludge, also known as biosolids, on Neverdone Farm.”

Proposed Moratorium Targets Lystek Facility in Glen
Glen, NY (4/26/18) - “Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, said he intends to introduce legislation that would halt construction of any new sewer sludge facilities like the ones operated by Canadian firm Lystek. He has also written a letter to New York state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos advocating for the moratorium.”
Lystek Withdraws Interest in Glen Canal View Business Park
NY Lawmaker Issues Call For Statewide Moratorium On Sludge Facilities
Plans for Montgomery County Sewage Sludge Facility Go Down the Toilet

Public Record Remains Open on Allen Harim Permits
Millsboro, DE (4/20/18) - “Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will accept public comment on waste material permit requests from Denali Water Solutions and Clark Environmental Services until Thursday, May 3. At previous public hearings individuals expressed opposition to the permit requests and wanted to get more information from representatives from the two companies. Earlier coverage of this story can be found in the April 20 Newsclips and in the articles “Companies Seek Permit Changes to Haul Nonhazardous Waste from Allen Harim in Millsboro“ and “Citizens Come out Against Allen Harim Permits”.

Waterworld Weekly Newscast, April 23, 2018
Waterworld Weekly (4/23/18) - This newscast touches on the EPAs recent announcement to create rules on the use of blending in wastewater treatment plants, the use of graphene in water treatment and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission recent announcement to update their Southeast Treatment Plant. Part of the upgrade is new biosolids digesters.

News from Beyond the MABA Region

Alabama Mayor: ‘Poop Train’ Finally Empty; Sludge Gone
Parrish, AL (4/19/18) - All the train carts that were sitting in the town of Parrish containing sludge have been emptied according to Parrish Mayor, Heather Hall. New York’s long-term strategy “One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City” has set a goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2030. New York is being forced to find new ways to dispose of their sewage sludge as nearby landfills put a limit on the amount of sludge they accept and as the cost of transporting and disposing sludge increases.
‘Poop Train’ Full of NYC Sewage Raises Stink in Alabama Town
Alabama Deserves Better than Being America’s Toilet
The Week Down in Alabama, and It Smells so Good
GROSS: Thousands of Tons of New York Human Waste Stuck in Alabama with No Plan for Removal

Council Eyes Cost-Savings in Biosolids Dryer, Bus Grant
St. Joseph City, MO (4/25/18) - The St. Joseph City Water Protection facility is looking to bring a biosolid dryer to their facility by 2019. By producing a pellet fertilizer the facility will cut down on equipment cost for land applying biosolids.

Over a Year Later, Eureka Wastewater Plant Project Complete
Eureka, CA (4/26/18) - The Eureka city council is expected to approve a feasibility study into possibly changing how biogas generated at the Eureka Wastewater treatment process plant is used. “Right now, the biogas is used to generate about 42 percent of the plants electricity and keeps the digesters at a steady temperature… but the study will look into possibly scrapping that power and heat generation and use the biogas to turn the class B biosolids — which are generated through the digesters but are stored and trucked out to the area at a high annual cost to the city — into class A biosolids which can be used locally.”

Milorganite Mystery: Homegrown Fertilizer's New Scent Has Officials Sleuthing to Identify Source of Change
Milwaukee, WI (4/30/18) - Employees are residents living near the facility where Milwaukee’s Milorganite fertilizer is produced have noticed a change in its odor. A sample of Milorganite was sent to a lab where Volatile Analysis identified specific chemicals causing various odors. In an attempt to identify what is causing the change in odor they have sent out monitoring crews to collected wastewater samples from sewers downstream of several companies that will be tested for aromatic chemicals. In response to odor complaints, the district will restart a sludge odor control system at a cost of $337,750.