Biosolids Newsclips 8-24-17

News from Within the MABA Region

Rehoboth Updates Wastewater Agreement with Sussex County
Rehoboth, DE (8/7/17) -- Rehoboth and Sussex County are entering into a new agreement to manage their biosolids. Rehoboth currently takes the sludge or biosolids from Sussex and dewaters it until they transport it to farmland. Now, Sussex County will take the dewatered biosolids and transport it to a larger facility where it can be treated further. Rehoboth Approves New County Agreement

Would You Use Human Waste in Your Garden?
Washington, D.C. (8/23/17) -- DC Water’s Bloom product is the focus of this article.

Letters: Biosolids; Reputation; Lincoln weeps; Misquoted; Taney statue
Maryland (8/22/17) -- This letter, authored by anti-biosolids activist Caroline Snyder is a response to a different letter published, titled “Recycling triangle”.

Landfill Open House Gives Madison County Residents Up - Close Look at ARE Park
Madison County, NY (8/5/17) -- Madison County is considering bringing a biosolids processing plant to their community in response to the potential for New York state to ban organics from going into landfills.

News from Beyond the MABA Region

We Fought This as Best We Could.' County Supervisors to Settle Decade-Long Sludge Lawsuit
Kern County, CA (8/8/17) -- “Kern County has decided to end its decade-long legal battle to defend a voter-approved ban on the land application of treated sewage sludge, settling with the City of Los Angeles.”

Controversial Haines City Composting Facility to Stay Closed
Haines City, FL, (8/6/17) -- Haines City Commission voted 3-0 for a settlement agreement that will close a BCR Environmental composting plant. “City Manager Rick Sloan said the city will look for another company that specializes in environmental or energy-saving products to lease the facility to.”

Lake Twp. resident concerned about sludge application
Toledo, OH (8/4/17) -- Residents adjacent to a field where biosolids were being applied raised concern because they were not informed the biosolids was being applied.

San Francisco’s Largest Wastewater Treatment Facility Awarded $939M Contract For Upgrades
San Francisco, CA (8/4/17) -- “MWH Constructors and Webcor Builders, a construction joint venture, was awarded a $939 million contract by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) to serve as construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC) for the Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant Biosolids Digester Facilities Project.” The project is one of the first in the U.S. to use the Cambi Thermal Hydrolysis Process (CambiTHP).Broomfield firm will help upgrade San Francisco water plant in $939M deal
Sludge problem for Kensett
Kensett, AR (8/22/17) -- Kensett has about 200,000 pounds of wastewater sludge that is not breaking down properly. After making a few attempts to break down the sludge they are now planning to pump the sludge into an old wastewater pond and start the process over.

Lystek Contract to Divert Class B Biowaste from Landfill in California
Petaluma, CA (8/18/17) -- Lystegro has entered into a multi year contract, with the City of Petaluma, to accept their Class B Biosolids. Lystek will convert the Class B biosolids into Lystegro, their Class A EQ biofertilizer.
City of Petaluma Awards Lystek with Biosolids Management Contract

Kenansville Residents Fight Landowner's Plan to Turn Raw Sewage into Fertilizer
Kenansville, FL (8/16/17) -- A Kenansville landowner is looking to use his property to process sludge into a fertilizer and is being met with resistance from the town board. After being encouraged by a board member to find another use for the land, the landowner, Bill Folsom, decided to move forward, starting the permitting process at the state level with the Environmental Protection Agency.
Potential Kenansville biosolids plant meets resistance

Biosolids Sales Market 2017 - Recyc Systems Inc., New England Fertilizer Company, Englobe, Merrell Bros., Inc.
Apex Research (8/15/17) --  “Apex Research, recently published a detailed market research study focused on the "Biosolids Sales Market" across the global, regional and country level.” One feature of the study is to share the Biosolids Sales Market performance in terms of volume and revenue.

Ecology: No Threat in Biosolid Use on Ag Lands
Onalaska, WA (8/14/17) --  Fire Mountain Farms is seeking a permit to land apply biosolids and a group of residents formed the group - Protect Mill Canyon Watershed - to work to protest the requested permit. The Washington State Department of Ecology says there’s no risk to applying biosolids to an agricultural field in Eastern Washington despite the concerns. They are currently developing a response to the group’s comments and will make a determination on Fire Mountain Farms’ application in the next 2 months.

St. Pete Officials Defend Safety of Waste-to-Energy Project
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (8/10/17) -- A city biosolids processing plan have been criticized in “Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report that said the city's biosolids project at the Southwest plant was risky because it would produce and store methane gas next to the campus of Eckerd College.” The school hired an independent sewer consultant to look into the issue and eventually the consultant declared it safe.

Austin Waste Contract Recommendations in, But Political Disputes Go On
Austin, TX (8/6/17) -- An updated contract to process Austin’s biosolids has been on hold since December because board members have turned down all proposed options. A new contract is expected to move forward with stricter requirements for producing only compost from the biosolids.
Austin to Receive Recommendations for New Waste Collection Contract

News from Abroad

Stithians Farmer Defends New Storage Tanks and Use of Septic Tank 'Sludge' On Field
Stithian, UK (8/9/17) -- Residents of the hamlet of Carn and the surrounding area have accused the owners of a farm and septic tank service company Aquarod, of installing sludge treatment tanks without planning permission, and of planning to run a new human waste disposal and fertilizer business out of the site without the appropriate consent.

Coffee, Crops and Doughnuts Workshop Upcoming
Dundalk, ON, Canada (8/9/17) -- Over the past year and a half, staff at Saugeen Conservation have started delivering Coffee, Crops & Doughnuts events that offer continuing education units for Crop Advisors. Lystek will host the next event at its facility in Dundalk. The event will include a tour of the facilities so farmers can learn about the benefits of biosolids to soil structure. There will also be a tour of the Lystek demonstration plots.

Water industry researches new biosolids use hazards in agriculture
Energy & Environment Management (8/17/17) -- A new UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR) project aims to establish a robust, evidence-based response to concerns about the discovery of various emerging hazards being found in biosolids. “The strategic UKWIR-funded project, SL01, is being led by environmental consultancy ADAS, working with a consortium of research bodies, including Cranfield University, the James Hutton Institute and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), as well as environmental consultancy Aqua Enviro, which has direct experience in biosolids’ production and quality control.”