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Sludge Treatment Recycles Phosphorous, Saves on Toxic Waste Disposal

A new, efficient method of treating sludge from municipal waste treatment facilities or pulp and paper operations could improve phosphorous recycling efforts, reduce the problem of how to dispose of toxic waste sludge — and produce an economic benefit for industry, says Bio4Energy. The clean tech company’s researchers are developing … Read more »

Biosolids Recycling Program to Save $900,000 Annually

Synagro Technologies says a five-year biosolids recycling program will save city of Toledo taxpayers $900,000 annually while improving water quality in the Lake Erie watershed by reducing the use of commercial chemical fertilizer. Benefits of the biosolids recycling plan include the following: Toledo’s biosolids will be used as a natural fertilizer … Read more »

Market-Based Water Quality Trading Program Curbs Pollution

A market-based nutrient trading program in Virginia has encouraged economic investments and reduced phosphorus pollution to local waterways, helping to meet water quality goals for the Chesapeake Bay, the EPA says. By offsetting increases in phosphorus loads, nutrient trading provides economic incentives for farmers, including cost savings, new income and … Read more »

Water Treatment Could Lower Phosphorus Extraction Costs

Researchers from the University of Wollongong in Australia have designed a system that captures phosphorus from sewage waste, reports Chemical & Engineering News. Scientists predict that over the next few decades phosphorus will become more and more scarce as the demand for agricultural fertilizer depletes geological reserves. Meanwhile, phosphorus-laced runoff … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Fed’s Carbon Cost, Farm Bill, TSCA

The White House has sharply increased the internal cost it places on carbon, a move that could significantly affect future decisions on policy decisions from the Keystone XL pipeline to power plant emissions rules to efficiency standards for appliances and industrial equipment, InsideClimate News reports. The administration’s central estimate for … Read more »

Scotts Miracle-Gro

Scotts Miracle-Gro Removes Phosphorus From Lawn Maintenance Products

Scotts Miracle-Gro today said it has achieved its goal of removing phosphorus from its Turf Builder brand lawn food maintenance products. The company first made this pledge two years ago on World Water Day as a partial solution to nutrient runoff that can lead to excessive algae growth in waterways. … Read more »

USDA Develops Phosphorus Management Tool

A tool developed by USDA scientists can help agribusiness model phosphorus loss in runoff and determine ways to reduce these losses. The Phosphorus Index was originally a simple management tool developed to gauge the risk of phosphorus losses from agricultural fields. The original index has since been modified by individual … Read more »

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