Push on to Break Down Stinky Stigma of Human Waste as Council Offers Free Biosolids to Growers

Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia (8/13/18) - Bundaberg Regional Council is running a trial program for farmers offering them free biosolids. One farmer producing macadamia nuts used the biosolids to rebuild soils previously depleted from a monoculture of sugarcane. The trees treated with biosolids have grown faster than other trees and the soils where biosolids were applied are more open and capable of higher water retention.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-08-1...

Permits Requested for Slate Belt Sewage Processing Plant

Plainfield, PA (8/18/18) - Synagro has completed all the necessary permit applications with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. This was a necessary step to continue Plainfield Township’s planning development process for the proposed Slate Belt Heat Recovery Center.

Source: https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/slate-bel...

Design-Build Team Selected for Piscataway WRRF Bioenergy Plant

Prince George County, Maryland (8/16/18) - “The design-build team of PC Construction, Stantec, and Hazen and Sawyer recently announced it has been selected to design and construct the first phase of Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s $250 million Piscataway Water Resource Recovery Facility Bio-Energy Project in Prince George’s County, Maryland.” The new technologies will help reduce the facility’s greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent while reducing the quantity of biosolids produced and increasing the quality to a Class A product.

Source: http://www.biomassmagazine.com/articles/15...

Used on Fauquier Farms for Years, Biosolids Still Raise a Stink

Casanova, VA (8/24/18) - Virginia’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission performed a study reviewing research about the risks biosolids pose to the environment and human health and examined the state’s regulations. “The study concluded that state rules for biosolids generally protect human health and water quality.” The study does acknowledge some risks involved with biosolids and recommends that the Virginia Department of Health research the effect on people in close proximity to farms receiving biosolids and to test biosolids to determine their levels of pathogens. This article shares views from the community members in Casanova - a farmer using biosolids, spreader land applying the solids and neighbors unhappy with the practice.

Source: https://www.fauquier.com/news/used-on-fauq...

Lockport Sewage Treatment Plant Needs Work

Lockport, NY (8/26/18) - Biosolids at Lockport wastewater treatment plant are pressed and then transported to a composting facility to be further treated and mixed with wood-chips to create a compost. Now the facility is reaching the end of its life and officials are deciding whether to stick with that process or introduce a drying system in the plant that could produce biosolids that would be ready for land application without composting and mixing with wood-chips.

Source: http://www.lockportjournal.com/news/local_...

The MABA Signs Proposal to Integrate Biosolids Beneficial Use into Global GAP Standards

MABA, along with wastewater utilities, companies and organizations around the world have signed a proposal from the Biosolids Alliance to request that Global GAP change its restriction of beneficial biosolids use on farmland. Global GAP is an internationally recognized set of farm standards identified as Good Agricultural Practicies (GAP). Through these sets of standards producers can receive certification by demonstrating adherence to the good agricultural practices. The standards currently have a complete ban on biosolids use, but the document, brought forth by proponents of biosolids beneficial use, provides a set of guidelines under which GAP could accept and use to support the sustainable use of biosolids as part of support of a  global circular economy.

View the Proposal to Global GAP-Biosolids Standards.

SEPTEMBER 2018 RESEARCH UPDATE

Everybody knows 55 C x 5 x 3.  A compost pile has to reach 55º for 5 turns with a total of 3 days at temperature between turns.  Those are the requirements to reach pathogen kill to make sure that the compost is Class A and is safe for general use. In our world that is pretty much the ‘apple a day’ equivalent.    Recently Tania Gheseger from Metro Vancouver asked me for papers that show that that same 55 x 5 x 3 kills weed seeds too.  My first reaction was to tell her that ‘everybody knows that’, thinking that it was part of the general wisdom rather than a conclusion from peer reviewed studies.

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Proposed House Bill Would Give Municipalities Control on Sludge Use

Harrisburg, PA (8/12/18) - The proposed House Bill 2281 in Pennsylvania will allow municipalities to adopt and enforce ordinances regulating the deposit, testing, disposal or land application of biosolid material. The bill would also allow a municipality to veto a permit approved by the DEP for the land application of this material. “The proposed bill has been referred to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy. The committee can either send the bill back to the house for a vote or it can choose not to act, essentially killing the bill.”

Source: https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/inde...

Synagro Announced as Winner of the Global Water Award of Distinction for Water Deal of the Year

Baltimore, MD (8/7/18) - Synagro has been named as the winner of the Global Water Award of Distinction for “Water Deal of the Year” for the financing of a biosolids facility in partnership with the City of Hamilton, Ontario.

Source: https://www.prweb.com/releases/synagro_ann...

Persistent Pollutant Broken Down by Sludge Microbe

New Jersey Institute of Technology (8/2/18) - “Mengyan Li and colleagues at New Jersey Institute of Technology have isolated a bactirium that degrades the pollutant 1,4-dioxane… In the current study, Li’s team found that the DD4 bacterium degraded dioxane and 1,1-DCE in both lab media and contaminated groundwater samples over time and continued to reduce their levels to low enough concentration ranges to satisfy the remediation goals set by several U.S. states.”

Source: https://cen.acs.org/environment/pollution/...

Copy of 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 Project 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.

Source: https://www.waterworld.com/articles/2018/0...

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 Project 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.

Source: https://www.waterworld.com/articles/2018/0...

The Public Startup Charting Bold New Waters

Washington, D.C. (3/26/18) - Blue Drop LLC, a nonprofit consulting enterprise, launched in late 2016 with a nearly $3 million investment in cash and resources from DC Water. The start-up separates itself from other consulting companies because it is an extension of DC Water and therefore can pull from the experience and expertise that has helped make DC Water a success.

Source: http://www.governing.com/topics/transporta...

Enforcement and Compliance History Online 


National (3/9/18) - Biosolids data collected throughout 2017 will be publicly available through the USEPA Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) website around the end of March. You can review your data there to ensure its accuracy and contact Courtney Tuxbury at tuxbury.courtney@epa.gov to seek corrections. 

Source: https://echo.epa.gov/

Glen Resident Challenge Biosolids Representatives


Glen, NY (1/22/18) - Lystek International gave a presentation on their company and answered questions about the company’s proposal to build a biosolids plant in the Glen Canal View Business Park during a planning board meeting held recently. Lystek also submitted a full application for their proposed biosolids plant. More on that story can be found at “Lystek Submits Full Application to Glen Planning Board for Facility”.
Lystek Truck Traffic Would Be a Danger
Sewage Sludge Processing Plant a Bad Deal for Glen
Lystek schedules public information meeting on biosolids plant
Area Residents Voice More Concerns About Lystek at Glen Meeting
Activist Group Reforms to Fight Biosolids Activity

Source: http://www.leaderherald.com/news/local-new...

Town of Lewiston Plans Underway for 2018: Board Reorganizes, Holds Hearings, Work Session


Lewiston, NY (1/13/18) - The town of Lewiston held two public hearings, one of which they voted to “continue an ongoing moratorium covering the disposal of sludge, sewage, and septage (biosolids) on town lands. The moratorium went on to be extended an additional nine months as the town monitors ongoing litigation in the Town of Wheatfield and its local law covering use of biosolids, which Lewiston has been considering.”

Source: https://www.wnypapers.com/news/article/fea...

Town of Lewiston Plans Underway for 2018: Board Reorganizes, Holds Hearings, Work Session


Lewiston, NY (1/13/18) - The town of Lewiston held two public hearings, one of which they voted to “continue an ongoing moratorium covering the disposal of sludge, sewage, and septage (biosolids) on town lands. The moratorium went on to be extended an additional nine months as the town monitors ongoing litigation in the Town of Wheatfield and its local law covering use of biosolids, which Lewiston has been considering.”

Source: https://www.wnypapers.com/news/article/fea...

Area Residents Speak Out Against Proposed Lystek Facility in Glen


Glen, NY (12/21/17) - Residents recently spoke out against a Lystek facility proposed to go into the Glen Canal View Business Park. Lystek officials will speak at a Jan 18th meeting where the company will submit a formal application for the plant. Residents brought to question the possible job growth from the facility and the environmental impact the facility will have on the community.
Glen Waiting on More Feedback Before Acting on Lystek