Upcoming E2Tech Forum: "Sludge: A Spreading Concern" | Thurs., April 28 | 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. | Zoom webinar
The recognition of the hazards of fluorinated compounds of emerging concern known as “PFAS” and their presence in wastewater and industrial effluent streams has raised legitimate concerns about land spreading of industrial and wastewater sludge.
The use of sludge as a soil amendment has been a common practice in Maine; in fact, more than 85% of wastewater solids were land-applied during the 1990s and 2000s. However, following the detection of PFAS in farmland soil, agricultural products, and groundwater, awareness of problems with land application of certain sludges has increased, and numerous public health concerns have emerged. The Maine Legislature is considering, and many believe will soon pass in some form, a ban on the practice of land-applying the material. However, banning land spreading does not halt the generation of sludge, the inevitable output of many digestion processes. These processes include municipal wastewater and sewer, as well as many significant industrial and energy operations. For these operations, as well as many cities and towns, there are urgent and costly ramifications. As a result, alternatives to land spreading are sorely needed.
Rather than weigh in on legislation, this forum seeks to discuss possible alternatives to land spreading and their long-term pluses and minuses, as well as other options for addressing the problem. In a solutions-centered forum, E2Tech will explore:
Join E2Tech’s expert panel on Thursday, April 28 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Zoom webinar for a discussion of these issues, with ample time provided for your questions and discussion. Please visit e2tech.org to learn more and to register.