Cary, NC – Stephen Brown, Town of Cary Public Works and Utility Director, wants to set the record straight about sludge. Anytime we get the opportunity to publish a headline containing the word “Sludge,” we’re in.
Ooops, Wrong Town!
A recent guest column in a local paper decries the dangers of Cary’s alleged processes of dealing with sewage, and the also subsequent labeling of the “solids” (must I explain what that is?) as “fertilizer”.
Mr. Brown says, “Betty Cross’s March 16 guest column ‘Is Sewage Sludge Safe on Crops?’ inaccurately portrays Cary’s wastewater treatment program.”
“The ‘new dewatering device’ discussed in the February 2 article ‘Waste Not, Want Not’ is actually located in Fuquay Varina, not Cary.
Cary’s sludge treatment process differs from Fuquay Varina’s. Cary uses a high-temperature thermal dryer (not incineration) that also destroys pathogens and inorganic compounds.”
Ms. Cross is co-chair of the Sewage Sludge Action Network in Hillsborough, NC. Protecting a healthy environment is a noble cause and benefits everyone. That’s why Cary is doing its part.
Cary’s Class A Fertilizer Pellets
Turns out that Cary hasn’t allowed the use of the resulting liquid sludge on farmland for 6 years. Cary’s drying/pelletizing process has been tested by the EPA and has received a “Class A – Exceptional” rating by the Environmental Protection Agency. The pellets, he claims, are safe for crop fertilizer and are monitored for metals and toxicity.
“Since Cary’s biosolids dryer was placed in service in 2005 we have been producing high quality pellets with rich fertilizer value that have proven to be a valuable market commodity,” Mr. Brown says.
“Cary’s wastewater management programs are just one example of our commitment to providing a high quality of life in the region by protecting public health and the environment.”
There ya have it. The straight poop.
Photo by Hal Goodtree, courtesy of Johnson County Nursery Marketing Association.