EPA, NJDEPE AND LINDEN ROSELLE SEWERAGE AUTHORITY AGREE TO EXPAND SLUDGE DISPOSAL OPTIONS; BENEFICIAL USE TO BE CONSIDERED
EPA, NJDEPE AND LINDEN ROSELLE SEWERAGE AUTHORITY AGREE TO
EXPAND SLUDGE DISPOSAL OPTIONS; BENEFICIAL USE TO BE CONSIDERED
NEW YORK, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy (NJDEPE) and the Linden Roselle Sewerage Authority (LRSA) have agreed on a modification of the judicial consent decree governing the land-based management of the authority's sewage sludge to allow for possible beneficial use of the sludge.
The authority's original long-term plan was to build an on-site incinerator to dispose of the sludge generated from treating the sewage from the approximately 62,000 people living in and around Linden and Roselle, N.J. "However, LRSA has decided to look for beneficial uses of the sludge, rather than burning the sludge as waste," said Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff, EPA regional administrator. "This is part of our broad-based efforts to use sludge to benefit society; historically, LRSA's sludge had been merely dumped in the ocean."
The decree now allows for dual milestone schedules, one for beneficial use and one for incineration, if beneficial use is found to be impractical. Beneficial use can include such measures as marketing the sludge as a fertilizer or as a soil conditioner. The modified decree calls for a final schedule decision by March 16, 1992.
The authority treats approximately 35 million gallons of sewage per day which results in 4.9 dry tons of sludge daily.
In August 1989, six New Jersey sewerage authorities, including LRSA, entered into consent decrees with EPA and NJDEPE to stop the ocean dumping of their sewage sludge by March 17, 1991. The decree required an interim land-based sludge management plan which would begin by March 17, 1991, and continue until Jan. 1, 1996, when a long-term alternative, incineration, would begin.
LRSA sent its last ocean dumping barge on March 9, 1991. As its interim measure, its sludge is dewatered off-site by a contractor and hauled to a landfill in Pennsylvania for disposal.
/CONTACT: Herman Phillips of the EPA, 212-264-2515/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: New Jersey IN: SU: SH-CK -- NY092 -- 1926 01/21/92 14:05 EST