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Distribution and Marketing Permit Issuance: Watershed Resource Center, Inc.


Division of Water
Start Date: 5/26/2019
End Date: 6/25/2019

The Watershed Resource Center, Inc. (WRC) biosolids treatment, soil blending, and fertilizer manufacturing facility, located in Curtis Bay, Maryland, produces a pasteurized and lime stabilized “Class A” “Exceptional Quality” (EQ) biosolids product. WRC has submitted a permit application to comply with the State of Delaware’s requirements to distribute and market their EQ biosolids product in the State of Delaware.

The production of Class A biosolids product at the WRC facility involves a treatment process known as pasteurization with lime stabilization. To achieve Class A biosolids certification, the biosolids are required to heated to at least 70 degrees C (158 degrees F) for at least 30 minutes. The process renders biosolids products suitable for use as a fertilizer for agricultural, horticultural, and use for lawns and gardens.

To assure compliance with state and federal regulatory requirements, finished biosolids product will be required to be sampled for specific bacterial, chemical and nutrient parameters. Additionally, the lime stabilization process and metal limits for the product will be required to meet or exceed both Federal and State requirements for production of an EQ biosolids product.

WRC requests issuance of a distribution and marketing permit in the State of Delaware for their biosolids product under the Department’s Guidance and Regulations Governing the Land Treatment of Wastes, Part III, B., Regulations Governing the Land Treatment of Sludges and Sludge Products which allows for such activity pending public notice.

Copies of the permit application referenced above are available by contacting:

Brian Churchill
Surface Water Discharges Section
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 739-9946

A public hearing on the above application will NOT be held unless the Secretary of DNREC determines that a public hearing is in the public interest or if a written meritorious objection to the application is received by 4:30 p.m. June 25, 2019. A public hearing request shall be deemed meritorious if it exhibits a familiarity with the application and provides a reasoned statement of the action’s probable impact.


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