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Synagro looks to provide biosolids for Franklin Township farm

A biosolids company wants to provide biosolids land application services to a Franklin Township farm.

Township secretary Brenda Cressley announced at Tuesday’s board of supervisors meeting that the township received a letter from Synagro, a biosolids and residuals management company.

Cressley said Synagro wishes to provide biosolids land application services to Dwight Eisenhauer, owner and operator of Bull Run Farm, located at 4220 Interchange Road, Lehighton.

In Pennsylvania, biosolids must conform to the standards set forth in the Pennsylvania General Permit 07 Beneficial Use of Exceptional Quality Biosolids, and Pennsylvania General Permit 08 Beneficial Use of Non-Exceptional Quality Biosolids, according to the letter.

The letter states the PAG-07 and PAG-08 establishes a regulatory framework in which standards on quality, testing, land application, training, record-keeping and reporting must consistently be met.

It also states the coverage of the PAG-07 and PAG-08 for land application is exclusive unless it is to be used in a watershed classified as “Exceptional Value” in Title 25 Pa. Code Chapter 93.

The Dwight Eisenhauer farm is located within the Bull Run watershed, which is classified as an Exceptional Value stream. In this occurrence, an individual permit is required for the land application of biosolids, according to the letter.

Biosolids are treated and stabilized wastewater treatment residuals, which are land applied as a fertilizer, the letter states. It states the material is applied to crops based on nutrient needs, and all operations comply with state and federal regulations and sound farm management practices.

The letter states that Synagro intends to supply the farm with materials from one or more sources listed in the application package.