BIOSOLIDS

 

Laura Shifflett
Biosolids Monitor

 

(540) 931-5112

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Report on Water Quality of Spring-waters where biosolids were applied as fertilizer

On July 15, 1997 the Board of Supervisors approved the adoption of a text amendment establishing standards for the application of Biosolids.

 Beginning in 1998, two companies, Bio Gro and Recyc Systems applied biosolids in the County. Currently Synagro (formally Bio-Gro) and Wright Trucking spread on area farms.

 

In 2004, State law repealed Counties ability to regulate biosolid application beyond testing and monitoring. The change permits Counties to request reimbursement for expenses relating to monitoring and testing but eliminates increased setback standards that Clarke County had adopted to protect ground and surface water resources in sensitive karst areas. The County maintains the ordinance and requests applicators to comply.

All applications have been closely monitored by County and State representatives and have been in compliance with all requirements. In accordance with State Regulations, Counties may be reimbursed for the testing and monitoring expenses.

Beginning January 1, 2008 the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) assumed regulatory oversight of all land application of treated sewage sludge, commonly referred to as biosolids.

More Information

This action, which moves oversight of the Biosolids Use Regulations from the Virginia Department of Health to DEQ, was at the direction of the 2007 General Assembly, which voted to consolidate the regulatory programs so that all persons land applying biosolids would be subject to uniform requirements, and to take advantage of the existing compliance and enforcement structure at DEQ. DEQ has established an Office of Land Application Programs within the Water Quality Division to manage the biosolids program, as well as land application of industrial sludges, septage, livestock and poultry waste, and water reclamation and reuse. The Virginia Department of Health will continue to consult with DEQ and advise the public on health issues related to biosolids applications. State Web Site

Current new State regulations require:

· Nutrient Management Plan to be submitted with application

· Posting of property 48 hours prior to application

· No spreading on snow


Contact Information

Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Central Office - Richmond

 

Neil Zahradka

(804) 698-4102

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Bryan Cauthorn

(804) 698-4592

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DEQ Field Personnel - Clarke County

Harrisonburg

 

Sarah Mundy

(540) 574-7842

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DEQ Permitting Agent - Clarke County

Harrisonburg

 

Keith Showman

(540) 574-7836

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Biosolids applicators

Company Name

Address

City, State Zip

Contact

Phone

Milton Wright Trucking, Inc.

11307 Baritone Court

Silver Spring, MD 20901

Lloyd Wright

(301) 681-7764

Synagro

7014 E. Baltimore St.

Baltimore, MD 21224

Kelly Love

(800) 825-5698

Recyc Systems, Inc.

P.O. Box 562

Remington, VA 22734

Susan Trumbo

(800) 352-3261