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.”
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.
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Greenwich, NY (1/2/18) - Odors in Greenwich were traced back to biosolid fertilizer piles sitting on farmland. Cold weather prevented the farmer from spreading the biosolids and also prevented the odors from rising and spreading so they could disperse and not maintain such a strong odor. Another article with a short video can be found “'Ooh that smell' traced to steaming fertilizer too cold to spread"
Watertown, NY (12/20/17) - Mike Hunter, field crop specialist with the North Country Regional Ag Team at Cornell University, answers questions about biosolids in bagged compost and biosolids applied on agricultural fields.
Roanoke, VA (12/31/17) - Western Virginia Water Authority and Virginia Tech have collaborated on research into the use of biosolids as a building material for flower pots. “According to a Virginia Tech master’s degree thesis in environmental engineering, published in February by candidate Peyton Stone, a variety of mixes of biosolids, polymer, natural glue, fiber and starch were tried in order to find the optimum blend for containers.”
NSERC Grant Fosters Collaborative Partnership with Dr. Gordon Price of Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University, Canada (12/7/17) - “Through the award of a NSERC Engage Grant, [Lystek] will collaborate with Dr. Gordon Price, an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University and a leader in academic research in new technologies for waste bio-conversion and stabilization.” The NSERC Engage Grant is designed to give companies an opportunity to collaborate with Universities to develop new research projects.
Mount Carmel, PA (12/15/17) - Mount Carmel Municipal Authority (MCMA) will contract with Dan Shingara Enterprises Inc. to remove and dispose of biosolids from the MCMA’s sewer plant.
Glen, NY(12/11/17) - The town of Glen is considering approving a proposed project to allow Lystek to build in their industrial park. At a recent town hearing Glen Town Board unanimously voted to approve a resolution amending zoning regulations that are related to the proposed facility.
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Fort Edward, NY (11/22/17) - John Dowd, a partner with Smart Terra Care, wants to build a biochar factory at a site in Fort Edward. The plant would take biomass waste from paper plants and biosolids waste from wastewater treatment plants to create a biochar that could be used as a fertilizer.
Millsboro, DE (11/18/17) - Mountaire Farm recently received a notice of violations by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Water. Among the violations listed in the notice was a violation from when Mountaire land applied biosolids throughout the summer of 2017 without notifying or submitting a cropping plan to DNREC.
Roanoke, VA (11/19/17) - Western Virginia Water Authority’s wastewater treatment plant treats an average of 37 million gallons of wastewater daily. The facility offers their biosolids to local farmers for free and currently has a three year waiting list for farms looking to receive the solids.
Plainfield Township, PA (12/1/17) - Synagro’s proposed heat recovery center at the Grand Central Sanitary Landfill in Plainfield Township has come across another hurdle. The facility would not follow a township zoning ordinance that requires buildings be built on property that has frontage on a public street or private street.
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Sludge Treatment Plant Developers Revise Plans for Slate Belt Site
Slate Belt, PA (10/10/17) -- Synagro has submitted a revised application to Plainfield Township. The application has eliminated the contentious plan to discharge water into local creeks and has addressed other small concerns from the original application.
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VA (10/18/2017) -- Virginia Farmer, David Hudnall, is interviewed to discuss the use of biosolids on his 3,000 acre farm. This article references the VA JLARC Report.
Sydney, Australia (9/9/17) -- Sydney Water is producing about 180,000 metric tons of biosolids fertilizer. Sheep farmer Stuart Kelly is ecstatic about the results he is seeing on his grazing fields and in the size of his sheep and the volume of wool they grow.
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Fort Wayne, IN (9/8/17) -- Fort Wayne City Utilities’ Biosolids and Composting Facility was honored with the 2017 Residuals & Resource Recovery Award for Excellence in Operation by the Indiana Water Environment Association. The facility held a day where residents of Allen County could dispose of yard and garden waste, tree branches, brush and grass clippings free of charge.
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Washington, D.C. (9/15/17) -- Dr. Francis Gouin carries an impressive resume, having dedicated 20 years to compost research. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland, founder of the Master Gardener program in Maryland and writes columns on gardening for The Bay Weekly, Annapolis Horticultural Society and other nursery and landscape publications. Dr. Gouin is now speaking up to share his excitement about DC Water’s Bloom. He blends bloom with other soil amendments and is testing the mix with broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, onions, peppers and spinach. So far, tests have shown Bloom providing outstanding results for plant growth and health.
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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.