Lystek plan is bad for the environment

first_imgThis plant proposed for the Glen Canal View Business Park will process sludge from sewage treatment plants into “fertilizer.” The process consists of heating the sludge to 167 degrees for one hour and adding lime to adjust the pH (Lystek’s January 2018 informational handout). Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Let’s take a look at the volume of sewage sludge to be processed: 150,000 tons a year. That’s 30 tons an hour, or 600 tons a day, and that’s six railroad coal cars a day. That’s 11 percent of all sewage sludge produced annually in New York state, including large cities (www.dec.ny.gov). It will all be coming here — town of Glen, Montgomery County.The storage reservoir at this site will be 200 yards by 100 yards, capable of holding 75,000 tons — half a year of production — 5.5 percent of all sewage sludge produced annually in New York state (Lystek handout).Application rates are also interesting (U.S. EPA, Typical Biosolids application): Agriculture (corn, grain, soybeans, hay) — five to 20 dry tons per acre annually. Forest land — five to 100 dry tons per acre every two years.These figures are in dry tons. Multiply by four to get the tonnage as applied from the Lystek plant. We have spent decades developing sewage treatment plants to keep sewage out of our water. Should we now spread it on our land? To our elected and appointed representatives: this is a bad idea. What are you thinking?John BlanchardFultontvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img

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