Wednesday, July 1, 2015

IS BIG BUFFALO WASTEWATER PLANT ready for Coal Ash Leachate?

Info I found on the waste water treatment plant .
First where we are NOW…
City could get $13M annually
Jun. 30, 2015 @ 08:31 AM .Kathryn Trogdon
The City of Sanford could receive up to $13 million per year for the next five to seven years for the treatment of leachate from Duke Energy’s Lee and Chatham county coal ash sites.
At the Sanford City Council meeting Monday, Sanford Public Works Director Vic Czar said Charah, contractor for Duke Energy, requested an industrial discharge permit to treat the leachate from Lee County’s coal ash site, which can hold up to 8 million tons of coal ash, and possibly Chatham County’s coal ash site.
With assistance from environmental engineering consultants Hazen and Sawyer, and Fiss Environmental, city staff has designed a draft permit for Charah that they believe would protect the Big Buffalo Wastewater Treatment Plant and Deep River where the treated wastewater would be discharged.
“We are to a point [where] we are ready to issue a discharge permit to Charah,” Czar said. “We feel very confident where we are that we could treat this leachate with the permit that [Hazen and Sawyer] helped us write.”
Mary Sadler, senior associate with Hazen and Sawyer, said the city anticipated Charah would discharge a maximum of 200 gallons of leachate per minute — nearly 300,000 gallons per day.
Sanford City Manager Hal Hewer said the city quoted Charah 13 cents per gallon based on rates the city charges other industries for the use of the wastewater treatment plant, but Charah has still expressed interest in moving forward up to this point.
“We’ve treated them just as we would any other industry at this point,” he said. “At this time, they feel like they can meet the standards that we would impose.
While the city could gain a maximum of $13 million per year, Hewer said it would likely be a lot less depending on rainfall.
As part of the permit, limitations would be placed on the amount of each of the more than 20 pollutants to be tested for in the leachate, which Charah and the city of Sanford would monitor.
“We don’t let any more into the treatment plant than can be removed adequately to protect the [receiving] stream,” Ned Fiss, owner of Fiss Environmental Solutions, said.
But some city council members, including Councilman Jimmy Haire, said they wanted to be sure the drinking water would be protected.
“What we do here is going to impact everybody to Wilmington that takes their drinking water from the Cape Fear River,” he said.
Out of about 20 local residents that attended the meeting, several, including Chatham County resident John Wagner, said they were concerned about treatment of the materials that could be present in the leachate.
“None of the mentions of all the different [pollutants] that you have there include radioactive materials,” he said.
Czar said the draft permit had already been submitted to Charah, but he was unsure of when the final approval would take place.
The rest of these are just part of articles at the Sanford Herald going back a few years.

1.     March 7 2015: During a recent study, city staff also looked into the existing sewer system to identify sewer lines that may need to expand, which would equate to $33 million worth of improvements.
These needed improvements are not unique to Sanford, but Czar said it still must be addressed. He added that a wastewater study was done on future growth areas, and if all of the targeted spots were fully developed and connected to the existing sewer system, it would equate to $115 million worth of sewer expansion needs.
“Growth has its cost on the existing system,” he said.

BIG BUFFALO WASTEWATER PLANT: Officials: Expansion poises city for growth 
Nov. 01, 2014  Kathryn Trogdon    | The Sanford Herald
City and county officials and staff cut the ceremonial ribbon Friday to commemorate the completion of the Big Buffalo Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion, which officials touted as a huge step in Sanford’s economic development plan. The wastewater facility treats waste from 18,000 residents, 15 schools and 15 industries in Sanford. The Big Buffalo expansion project was a $48 million undertaking to increase the plant’s capacity. Before the expansion, the facility could treat up to 6.8 million gallons of wastewater per day, but it now can handle up to 12 million gallons.   Plant Superintendent Scott Siletzky said with the expansion, the plant now can support treatment for a population twice the current size. Another expansion would be needed once the treatment plant hits 80 percent capacity. But that prospect probably is at least 20 years away, as the plant is at about 40 percent capacity now, said Chief Operator Jeff Cummings.
Sanford Mayor Chet Mann said this project was the result of the city moving in the right direction to encourage more business to come to Lee County.
“This facility will lead the way in our economic development,” he said. “I think that decision will be paying us back when we’re all old and gray.”
 People often don’t think of what happens to water after they use it, Cummings said. But people can help the plant by taking simple steps like not washing grease down the drain. Facility staff, he said, even created an informal phrase to emphasize this.
 “When you flush, think of us.”

2.     Among the search was this from Judy Hogan of Moncure ...NOW fighting Coal Ash from coming to the Moncure brickyard at
LETTER to editor : Citizens pay the price Aug. 20, 2014 
To the Editor: 
Most folks in Sanford and southeastern Chatham County know that our water comes via Sanford from the Cape Fear River. The intake for Sanford’s water is just below where the old Cape Fear coal-burning plant’s five coal ash ponds are leaking into a tributary of the river.
Last May, Duke Energy’s employees pumped wastewater from those ponds right into that tributary, arguing they were merely doing maintenance work. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, however, fined them. The N.C. legislature is having trouble requiring a complete cleanup of the 33 North Carolina coal ash impoundments, all of which are leaking into our rivers and hence into our water supplies. The polluter, our Duke Energy statewide electric utility, refuses to pay, and the legislature shows no interest in requiring serious cleanup, which would cost at least $1 billion.
Once again, we pay the price in our health and with our lives while the rich corporation, on which we depend for electricity, ignores their responsibility for years of neglecting coal ash waste, which is also toxic if breathed. I see photos in the newspaper of Duke Energy giving money to schools and charities, but what about being a truly good neighbor and taking care of the problem they created and have foisted on their customers, while raising the rates, of course? If they care about our children, let them clean up their coal ash messes to demonstrate they don’t want to kill us off.

.     Lee, Sanford leaders foresee advantages to Chatham Park Jun. 11, 2014
A few hours before Pittsboro town officials voted Monday night to approve Chatham Park, several Sanford and Lee County officials also spoke about opportunities to profit from the massive development locally.
At a joint meeting of Sanford City Council and Lee County Board of Commissioners members, the county proposed transferring a state-of-the-art wastewater lift station on Colon Road to the city.

3.     City reports wastewater spills , Mar. 09, 2014 From Staff Reports SANFORD —More than 6,700 gallons of wastewater spilled from various manholes throughout the city Friday, according to a state-mandated report from the city of Sanford. The spills, reportedly caused by the recent weather conditions, occurred on Third, Rose, Makepeace and Market streets and Maple Avenue.
“An estimated total of 6,890 gallons of untreated wastewater spilled into the Big Buffalo and Little Buffalo Creek in the Cape Fear River Basin,” according to the report. The site was raked and limed.
The Division of Water Quality and local media outlets were contacted Saturday.  
4.     Jun. 11, 2013 Weather causes wastewater spills; no public health risk, officials say
Approximately 5,900 gallons of wastewater spilled into various locations near downtown Sanford on Friday due to heavy rain, city officials reported — adding that the public is not in any danger.

SO what do you think about all this ?
Lee County and Chatham folks are fighting to STOP THIS COAL ASH DUMP .

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hint watch out Chatham County ...

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