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Biosolids and Septage Beneficial Use General Permits Reach Expiration Date
At this writing, the general permits: PAG-07, PAG-08 and PAG-09 are set to expire on April 2, 2014. These permits cover land application of septage, Class B biosolids and Exceptional Quality biosolids. PADEP planned to publish proposed changes to the Conditions of the General Permit in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. A 30 day comment period will follow and public hearings will be held if requested. At this writing, changes to the permits are not expected to be significant.
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News & Events
Diane Garveywill be attending the New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) Annual Meeting and Exhibition on February 4 – 5, 2014 in New York City. Visit Diane at Booth #129, CLEAR FLO TECHNOLOGIES, Inc. where she will be answering questions about beneficial use of biosolids. Steve Macchio, Clear Flo’s owner, will also be on hand to answer questions.
Clear Flo Technologies is a non-hazardous wastewater disposal facility, which is currently accepting grease trap pumpings, stormwater, pre-approved industrial wastewater and leachate. Oil is recovered from the waste and used as fuel. Their website is www.clearflo.org. In the near future, Clear Flo will be accepting wastewater residuals and biosolids which will be dried to create natural pellets called Clean&Green. Read more about it at www.clean-n-green.org
SAVE THE DATE
The WEF Annual Residuals and Biosolids Conference will be held in Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas. Conference dates are May 18 – 21, 2014, with the Exhibition on May 19 - 20, 2014. The theme this year is, “Sustainability Made Simple: Facilitating Resource Recovery.” This conference will highlight beneficial reuse options, science, and technologies currently available to help leverage biosolids as a valuable resource.
One preconference workshop has an especially timely topic: “You Just Can’t Hide a Biosolids Program! (But you can Communicate It…).” This workshop will provide an understanding of the critical importance of proactive communications regarding your biosolids management program, and an introduction to, and new ideas for, communicating biosolids messages, including working with the media. In today’s world of digital media, it is more important than ever for biosolids processors to plan ahead and be able to communicate online as well as through traditional methods.
Biosolids Committee Meeting
The next PWEA Biosolids Committee Meeting will tentatively be held at PennTec, mid-day on Tuesday, June 3rd at the Penn Stater Conference Center, State College PA. Check to confirm final arrangements for the meeting time and room.