Toledo, Ohio moves away from biosolids
N-Viro International Corporation (NVIC) announced
that after 22 years of providing the City of Toledo with a Class
A biosolids program, Toledo City Council with an 8 to 3 vote
chose a Class B blending and disposal option.
The decision provides for approximately 50,000 wet tons of Class
B biosolids to be dumped and blended on a 70 acre site located
within a Confined Disposal Facility (CDF) within the Maumee Bay
at the westernmost point of Lake Erie. This facility was constructed
decades ago by the Army Corps of Engineers to dispose of contaminated
river spoils dredged from the Toledo shipping channel. Despite
strong objections to this choice because of the potential for
environmental damage, the City of Toledo stood by its decision.
A letter from CEO/president Timothy R. Kasmoch to the Toledo
City Council and others can be viewed on the home page of N-Viro
International’s website under latest news.
Kasmoch had these remarks; “A well managed Class B program can
be beneficial. I do not believe this is a well managed program.
In fact I believe this decision is completely detrimental to
the health and welfare of the Maumee Bay and Lake Erie because
of the potential of pathogen leaching and phosphorus contamination
resulting in elevated toxic algae growth. Despite the loss in
revenue this will represent, management has implemented a plan
for adjustment and future growth elsewhere. N-Viro is moving
forward with its N-Viro Fuel™ technology. In my opinion, the
City of Toledo moved its biosolids program in the opposite direction
in one hasty decision.” Kasmoch concluded, “We don’t believe
the City of Toledo understands the seriousness of this decision.”