Scottsville, VA (1/21/19) - Synagro recently applied to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for an expanded permit that allows for treatment of 2,447 acres of land on Nutmeg and Greenmont Farms in Scottsville.
Loudoun, VA (12/13/18) - The Loudoun Board of Supervisors’ finance committee has recommended the creation of a special team to make sure Loudouners know when the state receives an application to spread biosolids and to make sure the state considers the special circumstances of each property when considering permits.
Leesburg, VA (10/3/18) - Neighbors of a farm that recently applied biosolids on its fields in Loudoun County are complaining about odors and an drastic increase in flies lured to the application site. Members of the county board of supervisors expressed interest in developing legislation that would enable more local control over the application of Class B biosolids.
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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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Nelson, VA (5/25/17) -- The VA State Water Control Board has approved a permit modification for Synagro to land apply biosolids across more than 100 fields in Nelson County.
Richmond, VA (1/28/17) -- A Virginia Circuit Court has upheld the regulations that control the application of biosolids on Virginia’s farms and determined biosolids protect the environment and public health.
The Virginia Biosolids Council reports that the Richmond Circuit Court has upheld the new DEQ Biosolids Regulations against the Potomac/Shenandoah Riverkeeper’s legal challenge. The Court Finding can be downloaded here. The Court found that there was substantial evidence to support the Board's decision to approve the amendments and that its regulations properly managed land application of biosolids. Its Expert Panel, supported by a Technical Advisory Committee, had concluded that land application is a viable reuse of biosolids that has been shown to be protective of the environment when applicable law and regulations are followed.
King & Queen County, VA (12/13/16) -- Area residents are skeptical of the safety efforts involved with a proposal to apply biosolids in King & Queen County. Representatives of the Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Department of Health and Synagro answered questions from about 20 area residents attending a recent meeting.