Reducing biosolids disposal costs using land application in forested areas

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Switching biosolids land application from a reclamation site to a forested site significantly reduced the cost of biosolids disposal at the Savannah River Site. Previous beneficial reuse programs focused on reclamation of existing borrow pits. While extremely beneficial, this program became very costly due to the regulatory requirements for groundwater monitoring, soil monitoring and frequent biosolids analyses. A new program was developed to reuse biosolids in forested areas where the biosolids could be used as a soil conditioner and fertilizer to enhance timber yield. The forested land application site was designed so that groundwater monitoring and soil monitoring could be ... continued below

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Huffines, R.L. November 1, 1995.

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Switching biosolids land application from a reclamation site to a forested site significantly reduced the cost of biosolids disposal at the Savannah River Site. Previous beneficial reuse programs focused on reclamation of existing borrow pits. While extremely beneficial, this program became very costly due to the regulatory requirements for groundwater monitoring, soil monitoring and frequent biosolids analyses. A new program was developed to reuse biosolids in forested areas where the biosolids could be used as a soil conditioner and fertilizer to enhance timber yield. The forested land application site was designed so that groundwater monitoring and soil monitoring could be eliminated while biosolids monitoring and site maintenance were minimized. Monitoring costs alone were reduced by 80%. Capital costs for site preparation were also significantly reduced since there was no longer a need for expensive groundwater monitoring wells.

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INIS; OSTI as DE96001911

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  • Waste Environment Federation and American Waterworks Association residuals/biosolids specialty conference, Kansas City, MO (United States), 23 Jul 1995

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  • Other: DE96001911
  • Report No.: WSRC-MS--95-0235
  • Report No.: CONF-9507188--1
  • Grant Number: AC09-89SR18035
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 122289
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc619529

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Huffines, R.L. Reducing biosolids disposal costs using land application in forested areas, article, November 1, 1995; Aiken, South Carolina. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc619529/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.