State Department of Ecology Announces New Permit System for Biosolids
By The Staff of The Chronicle
The Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) last week announced a recently updated General Biosolids Permit in an effort to create a more streamlined approach to approving biosolids operations in Washington state.
Biosolids, which the ad describes as “the rich organic matter that remains after domestic wastewater is treated at a wastewater management facility,” will face new environmental protections at all facilities and increase capacity for operations. of biosolids to contact the DOE.
“Maintaining a strong and efficient regulatory process is important as we continue to develop systems to coordinate and improve the management of all organic waste in Washington,” said Laurie Davies, Ecology’s solid waste management program manager. “Biosolids are a valuable resource that saves us all millions of dollars each year when diverted from expensive landfills to beneficial uses, like low-cost fertilizer and compost.”
According to the DOE announcement, biosolids can replace petrochemical fertilizers while returning “essential nutrients” to the land and, when properly monitored, can deliver benefits to “farmers and soil without leaching nutrients back into the soil.” surface or ground water”.
With the new General Permit, the DOE will now be able to impose more stringent requirements in certain locations based on local environmental conditions.
The DOE published a draft permit of the plan in 2021 and used public comments to prepare the final permit wording. According to the release, the public will have 30 days to appeal the permit to the Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board before it goes into effect.
For more information, visit the DOE website at https://ecology.wa.gov/.