Biosolids Newsclips 6-7-18

News from Within the MABA Region

Synagro Sewage Sludge Treatment Plant is Back Before Township
Plainfield Township, NY (5/28/18) - Plainfield Township officials are working toward making a decision by August 31, 2018, on whether to approve the construction of Synagro’s Slate Belt Heat Recovery Center.

Bio-Energy Project to Save More Than $3M for Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
Laurel, MD (5/18/18) - Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Commissioners approved the first phase of a $250 million project to build and design the Piscataway Bio-Energy Projected at the Piscataway Water Resource Recovery Facility. The first phase is to allow WSSC to begin design and early construction of the facility. “The new facility will reduce the amount of biosolids left over from the treatment process and the remaining solids will be a Class A material.

News from Beyond the MABA Region

Febreze Freshens Up Alabama Town After Poop Train Rolls On
Parrish, AL (5/17/18) - With the train carts filled with biosolids gone from Parrish, a van carrying Febreze air fresheners passed out free samples to people in the town.
Febreze Presents: Breathe Happy, Parrish

Students to Make Presentation on Biosolids in Stevenson Tuesday Night
Stevenson, AL (5/21/18) - A group of middle school students that have conducted research on biosolids plan to present their findings of the pros and cons of land application at their schools auditorium. Local residents have been fighting to get biosolids out of their community and the students point to their research as an additional source showing the hazards of biosolids.

Omaha Produces a Lot of Sewage Sludge. Should it be Composted? An Entrepreneur Thinks So
Omaha, NE (5/23/18) - The City of Omaha is currently producing a compost fertilizer using yard waste from the city and is paying to have its biosolids stored and applied on local farms. Andy Harpenau, founder of Soil Dynamics in Gretna, said the city should consider mixing sludge with yard waste to make a product that he says would be better than the city-made Oma-Gro compost. It is an opportune time for this topic to be discussed considering the City of Omaha is now looking at what to ask for under its next waste collection contract. This contract will determine how yard waste and garbage will be collected for the next decade.
Entrepreneur Proposes Sludge-Yard Waste Compost for Omaha

Cambridge, Mass., Mixes Food Waste With Sewage Sludge
Cambridge, MA (5/23/18) - The city of Cambridge mixes a portion of food scraps pulled from its Curbside Composting program with sewage sludge at the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District wastewater treatment plant. The combination of food and sludge is anaerobically digested to produce methane and the resulting material is dried and made into a pellet fertilizer. Some residents feel the city is being dishonest by not composting all of the food scraps and using them in producing a fertilizer they claim to be toxic.

Plans Move Forward for Alton's Resource Recover Center, Now Named 'Alton Organic Energy'
Alton, IL (5/25/18) - City of Alton is moving forward with its renamed facility Alton Organic Energy that they plan to develop into a regional operation. “It is projected that Alton Organic Energy will accept and digest approximately 550 tons per day of substrates. The gas that is produced at the facility will offset the use of about 7,700 gallons of diesel fuel every day. The facility will serve as a model for future waste-to-energy projects looking to utilize municipal biosolids, animal manure, and other cellulosic wastes as a substrate for energy generation.”

Residents Opposed to Mason 'Septic Lagoon' Despite State Paving Way for Approval
Union, WA (6/1/18) - “Bio Recycling is awaiting a permit approval from Mason County and the Department of Ecology to move forward with plans to build a double-lined lagoon to store treated biosolids, amid outcry from community members.” Ecology and Mason County released a response to the comments in mid-May, noting that many of the concerns raised through public comment have been addressed or are irrelevant. Bio Recycling produces a Class B biosolid that is sprayed on their 293-acre site year-round. The lagoon will help store treated wastewater and septage for winter months.

Is Blue Cypress Lake phosphorus pollution from Pressley Ranch's biosolids?
Blue Cypress Lake, FL (6/1/18) - Several environmentalists claim that a lake close to a ranch is being polluted by runoff caused by land applied biosolids. The watershed has seen an increase in biosolids applications since application was banned in other nearby river basins. There is no direct link showing that biosolids are causing the increase in phosphorus.
Blue Cypress Lake, Indian River Lagoon Being Impaired by Human Waste | Guest Column

Two Harbors Looks to Future of Wastewater Treatment Facility
Two Harbors, MN (6/1/18) - Two Harbors City Council held a public hearing recently, to present information on the wastewater treatment facility plan. The plan, presented by Brian Guldan, environmental project engineer at Bolton and Menk, and Luke Heikkila, Two Harbors water and wastewater plant superintendent, focuses on changes to biosolids handling and ways to address the plants ability to limit nitrogen. This article presents the 5 options planners are considering.

Biosolids Pose Risk
Waxahachie, TX (6/2/18) - Craig Monk suggests the use of biosolids is motivated by corporate greed.

State Regulators OK $6 Million Stevens Point Water and Sewer Office Project
Madison, WI (6/5/18) - State regulators have given Stevens Point approval to build new office and storage space that will begin a series of changes for the city’s water and sewer departments. The new constructions will give the plant the capacity to convert an existing building to the sewer utility’s biosolids operations, where sewage, now 97 percent liquid and land spread, will be dried to nearly 99 percent solid and given away.

News From Abroad

Irish Water Applies to Upgrade Ringsend Treatment Plant
Dublin, Ireland (6/6/18) - Irish Water is upgrading the Ringsend waste water treatment plant in Dublin. The upgrades will include introducing an aerobic granular sludge technology to produce a biosolids that can be land applied.

Albury Council Selects Synergy Resource Management to Dispose of Biosolids from Kremur Street wastewater Treatment Plant
Albury, New South Wales, Australia (5/29/18) - Albury Council selected Synergy Resource Management’s plans to build a fully enclosed shed at the Waterview facility where it proposes to store, dry and further stabilise their biosolid product before being re-used at several undisclosed farming sites in the region.

Severn Trent’s £60M Plant Becoming Operational
Midlands and mid-Wales, England (5/30/18) - Severn Trent’s new thermal hydrolysis plant is starting to become operational. The plant treats wastewater for eight million people across the Midlands and mid-Wales, with 100 tonnes of sludge being processed on a daily basis. The facility produces both power for use in the works and gas for injection into the national grid and a treated sludge that can be dried and then applied to agricultural fields as fertilizer.

What Farmers Need To Do To Use Sewage Sludge Safely
United Kingdom (6/1/18) - This article shares useful links and general guidelines that farmers interested in land applying biosolids should know.

Letter: Problem with Biosolids is Pharmaceutical Drugs, Heavy Metals and More
Kamloops, BC, Canada (5/20/18) - This letter to the editor argues pollutants are the biggest issues with biosolids, not odor.

We Have No Idea How Much Microplastic is in Australia's Soil (But it Could Be a Lot)
Australia (5/21/18) - “Norwegian research estimates that in Europe and North America, between 110,000 and 730,000 tonnes of microplastic are transferred to agricultural soils each year.” This article looks at what is known, and some questions that need to be answered.

Barnhartvale Residents Warned About Next Spread of Biosolids
Barnhartvale, BC, Canada (5/22/18) - “City of Kamloops contractor Sylvis will be spreading biosolids in Barnhartvale near the end of the month and the city is warning residents about odour from the final application.” This is the last scheduled land application in the region, as of now. The Ministry of Environment is reviewing the organics matter recycling regulation governing the use of biosolids in B.C., with proposed changes expected this summer.
No New Biosolids Will Be Trucked in, Barnhartvale Residents Told
Biosolids Company Seeking Permit