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January 14, 2004




          The Department of Environmental Services has scheduled an informational workshop on Monday, January 26 to provide scientific research and address concerns regarding the production process, product use and safety involving the proposed Synagro Facility at the Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant.  This informational meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Blaisdell Center, Maui Room.  If necessary, an afternoon plenary session at 1:30 p.m. will be held.

           Synagro is proposing to replace the current system of  processing solids from wastewater with a proven state-of-the art-technology that will digest, dewater and heat-dry the organic solids.  The end product will be a biosolids pellet that is used nationally as a general all-purpose fertilizer.  This project will alleviate the current and unnecessary practice of disposing reusable organics from the Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant into a landfill. 

           The City disagrees that the procedure requires testing, based upon abundant scientific research in compliance with federal regulations.  The City considers the technology, as well as Synagro’s operations and product, to be safe and beneficial for the community.

            Experts who have been asked to speak at the workshop include Roger Fujioka (Water Resources Research Center, University of Hawaii), Pamela Racey (Synagro), Jeffrey MacDonald (Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District), David Lewis (Department of Marine Sciences, University of Georgia), Charles Gerba (Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, University of Arizona), and Robert Bastian (Office of Wastewater Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).

 City Council members, those who have previously addressed the Council on this matter, and the general public have also been invited to attend.








Wednesday, January 14, 2004

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