PA Legislative Finance Committee Biosolids Land Application Review Findings and Recommendation

The PA Legislative Finance Committee completed the report requested in the House Resolution 60 on Biosolids land application in Pennsylvania. Review the findings, recommendation and the full report. 

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BOS Urges Inspections for Farm Use Vehicles that Haul Sludge

Goochland, VA (7/21/17) -- County leaders are pushing state legislators to require all vehicles transporting biosolids to undergo state inspection. District 1 representatives are concerned about vehicles designated “farm use” that are not required to be registered or inspected, but still transport biosolids to farms.

 

Source: http://www.richmond.com/news/local/central...

Biomass Production Study of Hybrid Poplar Grown on Deep Trenched Municipal Biosolids


University of Maryland (7/2/17) -- “Hybrid poplar trees 2-6 years old were grown on a gravel mine spoil in southern Maryland that had biosolids applied using deer row application. The trees were harvested and processed to determine their biomass on a dry weight basis. The data was analyzed and regression analysis was used to create equations that could predict biomass from tree diameter at breast height. The equations developed would allow less intensive data collection and growth assessment of other plantations.”

Source: https://extension.umd.edu/learn/publicatio...

Slate Belt Sludge Plant Hearing on Hold

Plainfield Township, PA (7/19/17) --  Synagro Technologies Inc. has requested a postponement of a special meeting set before the township Planning Commission. The first meeting June 12 drew questions regarding odor, noise levels and wastewater discharge and other technical questions that are typically not answered until the company goes through the state permitting process. The company hopes to continue responding to questions and concerns.


Biomass Production Study of Hybrid Poplar Grown on Deep Trenched Municipal Biosolids
University of Maryland (7/2/17) -- “Hybrid poplar trees 2-6 years old were grown on a gravel mine spoil in southern Maryland that had biosolids applied using deer row application. The trees were harvested and processed to determine their biomass on a dry weight basis. The data was analyzed and regression analysis was used to create equations that could predict biomass from tree diameter at breast height. The equations developed would allow less intensive data collection and growth assessment of other plantations.”

Tremonton City Reopens Compost Facility for Summer Season

Trementon, UT (6/28/2017) -- The Tremonton City Compost Facility has reopened after being closed for the winter due to snow and poor drainage in the area. The facility accepts lumber that is grounded up and mixed with biosolids from the Tremonton Wastewater Treatment Facility. The composting facility produces a Class A product.

To Release a Report of PA’s Program for Beneficial Use of Biosolids (Sewage Sludge) by Land Application


Harrisburg, PA (6/23/17) -- The PA Legislative Budget & Finance Committee released a report of PA’s Program for Beneficial Use of Biosolids by Land Application. They recommend the idea of odor management plans to be added to the Biosolids quality enhancement plans.

Source: http://www.pasenategop.com/blog/062717/

Harvesting Agricultural Fertilizers from Wastewater Sludge


Kenosha, WI (6/1/17) -- You heard about Nutrient Recovery and Upcycling’s product Brushite product in the article “CNP Acquires Pre-Digestion Phosphorus Recover Technology” from our March newsclips. In May 2017, Nutrient Recovery and Upcycling LLC started up an optimized version of its pilot plant in a new partnership with CNP/Centirsys. “NRU is also set to pilot a membrane-based, nitrogen-recovery process that works by using electric fields to separate ammonium compounds.”

Source: http://www.chemengonline.com/harvesting-ag...

Turning Sewage Sludge into Fuels and Hydrogen

Oberhausen, Germany (5/17/17) -- “Twelve SME, industrial, and scientific partners, coordinated by Fraunhofer UMSICHT, are participating in a new ambitious research project named TO-SYN-FUEL which will build up, operate and demonstrate the production of Synthetic Fuels and Green Hydrogen from waste biomass.” In the project, sewage sludge will be used to produce green diesel. There will be a four year period where the team will build-up, operate and demonstrate the technology. By the end of the project they hope to have a business case for green fuels in order to support future targets of the European Commission’s Renewable Energy Directive.
To-Syn-Fuel Turns Sewage Sludge into Fuels and Hydrogen

Source: https://www.recycling-magazine.com/2017/05...