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GRANTS IN EXCESS OF $200,000 AWARDED TO DEMONSTRATE HOW MUNICIPAL COMPOSTING CAN BOOST NATION'S SOD MARKETS

 GRANTS IN EXCESS OF $200,000 AWARDED TO DEMONSTRATE HOW MUNICIPAL
 COMPOSTING CAN BOOST NATION'S SOD MARKETS
 NEW YORK, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Solid Waste Composting Council ("SWCC") and the New York State Department of Economic Development have awarded a total of $205,000 in grants to an environmental team assembled by Omni Technical Services that will conduct a three year field demonstration of the use of municipal solid waste compost in sod production.
 Omni Technical Services is developing the first intensive recycling municipal solid waste compost plant in the Northeast at Calverton, Long Island where Omni will make available three acres of its 51 acre site for the sod field tests. When on-line in late 1993, the $50 million facility will handle 500 tons per day of solid waste serving the needs of East End Long Island towns.
 The SWCC, a national trade association for solid waste composting, is providing $155,000 for the study through the State University at Stony Brook, Omni's research partner. The compost to be used in the demonstration will be imported from Florida and will comply with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ("DEC") standards for the highest quality compost.
 The second grant is $50,000 from the State's Department of Economic Development, awarded to Omni Technical Services for a Secondary Materials Feasibility Study grant to support the same field demonstration of growing sod in municipal solid waste compost soil.
 When built, the Omni compost plant will produce 50,000 tons of compost per year. The potential national market for compost used in sod production is 10 million tons per year, according to recent study by Battelle Industries, a environmental research firm.
 Environmental Partners
 The study team consists of representatives from the Waste Management Institute of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the NYS DEC, Suffolk Department of Health Services, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Omni and the local farm industry.
 Raymond Cowen, P.E., regional director of New York State DEC, stated, "This is an unprecedented opportunity for a well respected team of professionals to work together to establish various market applications for municipal compost that meet all relevant standards for the protection of human health and safety of the environmental. As Omni obtained its environmental permit to construct and now moves into the banking community for financing their Calverton composting facility, this award is well timed to ensure an appropriate market for its materials."
 Vincent Tese, commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development, said, "These awards are a substantive response to a growing crisis. Unless we can address the mountain of solid waste being generated by municipalities through compost facilities such as Omni's, there will be virtually no tax dollars left for any of the programs that benefit our quality of life."
 Riverhead Town Supervisor Joseph Janoski noted, "The town of Riverhead is proud of our role as leaders in solving our solid waste problems through composting. We see it as an effective answer to those who suggest we burn our waste or truck it hundreds of miles to states who are charging more, when they allow shipments at all. If we don't address the future now we run the risk of being buried by it. Any study that ensures the growth of composting has our endorsement."
 A Professional Team
 Explained Stony Brook University researcher Vincent Breslin, "Specifically, our team which includes researchers at Cornell University, will generate scientific data about the effectiveness and environmental acceptability of municipal solid waste compost in sod production. The compost chosen for this study is similar to the quality of the compost that will be produced at the Omni facility. Results of this study will be used to establish criteria for the marketing and use of solid waste compost in the commercial production of sod."
 Cornell Cooperative Extension Agent William Sanok observed, "Composting is a viable, economic and effective method of recycling our solid waste material. This study will allow us to explore how best to make use of this composted waste in an environmentally sound and effective manner. The use of compost in selected crop production offers practical alternatives both to the Long Island grower and to the compost generator."
 Omni Technical Services President John Cameron, Jr. P.E., concluded, "The East End is serious about solving the solid waste crisis. We take our responsibility as being part of that solution very seriously. We are pleased that we have helped lead the way in developing municipal composting and we look forward to working with a proven team of highly qualified and experienced professionals."
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