Biosolids Newsclips 9-7-17

News from Within the MABA Region

Humans Have Been Using Their Waste As Fertilizer for Centuries. Now it Might Be Marketable
Washington, D.C. (8/23/17) -- DC Water’s Bloom fertilizer is the focus of this Washington Post article. The article sheds light on some of the concerns people have over land applying biosolids and also explains the extensive testing DC Water goes through to ensure a safe product.

Biosolids Alternative Would Use AWA Equipment, Land Method Could Also Generate Revenue
Altoona, PA (8/27/17) -- Several months ago, the Altoona board hear a presentation about sludge blow-drying equipment that could replace their existing centrifuge and help the authority generate revenue from producing a fertilizer product. Recently, the board heard another management alternative called “ deep row hybrid poplar biosolids recycling”. The biosolids would be put in trenches or land applied in forests to help mitigate environmental damage from strip mines. The method would remove the regulatory challenges of land applying biosolids on farmland.


News from Beyond the MABA Region

Biosolids Supervisor
Portland, OR (8/24/17) -- Veolia North America Seeks a Biosolids Supervisor in Portland, Oregon. Read more about the position description and job requirements in the job posting.

Jackson County Residents Petition Against the Use of Biosolids on Farms
Flat Rock, AL (8/25/17) -- Residents in Flat Rock are speaking out against the use of biosolids in Jackson County. The biosolids, produced at Moccasin Bend Wastewater Treatment Plant and distributed by Denali Water Solutions, created a stir in the community because of their odor.

Upgrades Continue at Water Protection Facility
St. Josephs, MO (8/26/17) -- The St. Joseph’s water protection facility is going through a series of upgrades. The plant just received a new inductively coupled plasma spectrometer and is making adjustments to their biosolids dryer to improve its efficiency. The dryer belt has been in operation for a year and the city hopes to produce a pelletized fertilizer once the equipment has been commissioned. For now, the biosolids produced are being landfilled.

Notice of Biosolids Management Recommendation and Application
City of Hot Springs, SD (8/29/17) -- The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) received an application for the renewal of a Biosolids Management permit from the City of Hot Springs. The permit “will allow the facility to landfill treated biosolids produced at Hot Springs’s wastewater treatment facility at the Rapid City Municipal Landfill. It also allows the facility to compost and distribute to the public Class A biosolids or the land application of biosolids to the 520 acres of agricultural land near the airport.”

Michigan Waste Treatment Facility Gets $32M Update
Pontiac, MI (8/29/17) -- The Oakland County Water Resources Commission is planning a new biosolids treatment facility at its Clinton River Water Resource Recovery Facility in Pontiac. The update will include a process called thermal hydrolysis pretreatment to treat the sewage sludge.
WRC to Invest $32M into High-Tech Waste Treatment

Mill Canyon Farm Applies to use Fertilizer Derived from Municipal Sewage
Spokane, WA (8/28/17) -- Residents are concerned over Rosman Farm’s permit request to land apply biosolids. The Department of Ecology expects to sign off on the certification in the next two months.

Mountains of Rich Compost Free at Treatment Plant
Ruidoso and Ruidoso Downs, NM (8/29/17) -- The wastewater treatment plant serving Ruidoso and Ruidoso Downs has accumulated a huge quantity of Class A biosolids that they have not been able to give away. They are looking at landfilling as a disposal option, but would prefer to find a way to put it to beneficial use.

Biosolids Analysis and In-depth Research on Market Size, Trends, Emerging Growth Factors and Forecasts 2017-2021
Absolute Reports (9/1/17) -- “The Biosolids Market research report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global Biosolids industry for 2017-2021. The Biosolids report enlists several important factors, starting from the basics to advanced market intelligence which play a crucial part in strategizing.”

Zellwood fertilizer Co. Uses Central Florida Human Waste, Disney Food Scraps in New ProductOrlando, FL (8/29/17) -- Zellwood fertilizer company Anuvia is preparing to launch a new fertilizer product, Anugreen, which is composed of biosolids and food waste from the region.

 News from Abroad


Faecal Sludge Treatment Plant Operation in Ctg Starts in September
Chittagong, Bangladesh (8/25/17) -- Dustha Shasthya Kendra (DSK), an NGO is implementing a project funded by WaterAid Bangladesh to build a faecal sludge treatment plant. According to a report prepared by the Department of Environment, the city currently produces 760 tons of solid waste daily which is openly dumped in two different areas within the city which resulted in a fall in water quality in nearby rivers. The solid waste is expected to be added to other solid wastes and included in the manufacturing of a fertilizer produced at a manufacturing plant that is already in operation.

Irish Water Identifies Site for Storing Treated Sewage Sludge
Dublin, Ireland (8/29/17) -- Irish Water announced its “preferred site” for a biosolids storage facility, at Newtown/Kilshane, Co Dublin. The site will “undergo further environmental studies and assessments in preparation of a planning application for the project. The six-week consultation runs until October 10th.”
Site Identified To Store Treated Sewage Sludge