Biosolids plant needed says city staff

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The need for a biosolids plant is far overdue said city staff at city council tonight.

The waste produced from sanitary sewer systems at the city’s water sewage plant in the east end is taxing the current landfill.

As city staff said the rate at which waste from the sewage plant is being brought to the city’s landfill is exceeding desirable levels.

Thus the need for a biosolids plant.

The engineering fee of $1,235,000 excluding HST for the plant will be funded through the sanitary sewer surcharge account in accordance with the City’s budget.

The fee estimate for the detailed design and construction services is based on an estimated construction value of $17 million.

Construction and engineering fees were budgeted with an allocation of $1 million in 2017, $9 million in 2018, with remaining costs to be allocated in subsequent years.

Detailed design and tendering for the facility will more accurately reflect the true costs of the project when sought.

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  1. It is so important to remember that sewer sludge aka biosolids is NOT just human excrement – it is a concentration of all domestic and industrial pollutants that go down drains and sewers. It has some good stuff in it, which plants can use, but a huge load of thousands of other contaminants. Please read what independent scientists have to say on this issue –

    Dr. Caroline Snyder – “Land-applied municipal sewage sludge (biosolids) is a highly complex and unpredictable mixture of biological and chemical pollutants. Biosolids generated in our large industrialized urban centers is very likely the most pollutant- rich waste mixture of the 21st century.”

    Dr. Richard Honour – “”Few in any governments appreciate that nearly all chronic diseases are caused by long-term exposure to low levels of environmental contaminants and pollutants. We should be trying to minimize this exposure, not amplifying it. It is time to end land disposal of Toxic Sewer sludge, and look at cleaner, greener alternatives – gasification / pyrolysis.”
    Let’s get on the right side of history, and use this waste resource to make energy. It is time to stop covering Mother Earth with our cities’ toxic sewage.

    Prominent Scientists and Universities outline the Dangers of Biosolids –
    Cornell – http://cwmi.css.cornell.edu/case.pdf
    Canadian Scientists – http://bit.ly/1sb2qOP
    UK Scientists- Aberdeen / Glasgow Universities – http://www.wte-ltd.co.uk/sewage_sludge_biosolids.html
    Yale – http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acs.est.5b01931
    See this link on regulatory failures and risks – https://bioscienceresource.org/sewage-sludge-biosolids-land-application-health-risks-and-regulation-2/
    A great overview of the issues – http://bit.ly/2kehQlP by Dr. Thomas Maler
    A great article from Scientific American – https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/drugs-chemicals-seep-deep-into-soil-from-sewage-sludge/

    The Green Alternative – The answer is gasification / pyrolysis …not simply dispersing this toxic waste on farms and forests –
    https://ariescleanenergy.com/
    http://www.perkentec.com/index.html
    http://www.bioforcetech.com/pyrolysis.html
    http://www.pivotalirm.com/index.htm
    lets get energy out of this resource AND rid the environment of these toxins.

  2. It is so important to remember that sewer sludge aka biosolids is NOT just human excrement – it is a concentration of all domestic and industrial pollutants that go down drains and sewers. It has some good stuff in it, which plants can use, but a huge load of thousands of other contaminants.  Please read what independent scientists have to say on this issue –

    Dr. Caroline Snyder – “Land-applied municipal sewage sludge (biosolids) is a highly complex and unpredictable mixture of biological and chemical pollutants. Biosolids generated in our large industrialized urban centers is very likely the most pollutant- rich waste mixture of the 21st century.”

    Dr. Richard Honour – “”Few in any governments appreciate that nearly all chronic diseases are caused by long-term exposure to low levels of environmental contaminants and pollutants. We should be trying to minimize this exposure, not amplifying it. It is time to end land disposal of Toxic Sewer sludge, and look at cleaner, greener alternatives – gasification / pyrolysis.”
    Let’s get on the right side of history, and use this waste resource to make energy. It is time to stop covering Mother Earth with our cities’ toxic sewage.

    Prominent Scientists and Universities outline the Dangers of Biosolids –
    Cornell –  http://cwmi.css.cornell.edu/case.pdf
    Canadian Scientists – http://bit.ly/1sb2qOP
    UK Scientists- Aberdeen / Glasgow Universities – http://www.wte-ltd.co.uk/sewage_sludge_biosolids.html
    Yale – http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acs.est.5b01931
    See this link on regulatory failures and risks – https://bioscienceresource.org/sewage-sludge-biosolids-land-application-health-risks-and-regulation-2/
    A great overview of the issues – http://bit.ly/2kehQlP by Dr. Thomas Maler
    A great article from Scientific American – https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/drugs-chemicals-seep-deep-into-soil-from-sewage-sludge/

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