Virtual Public Hearing: Synagro Technologies Distribution and Marketing Permit

Date & Time:
Thursday, June 25, 2020
6:00 pm


, Delaware

The Division of Water will hold a virtual public hearing (Docket #2020-P-W-0016) on an application from Synagro Technologies for a permit to sell biosolids fertilizer products in Delaware. Public Comment Period Closed.

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Synagro Technologies Inc. has applied to the Surface Water Discharges Section for a permit for the distribution and marketing of Class A/Exceptional Quality biosolids fertilizer products throughout the State of Delaware.

Synagro’s permit application proposes distributing and marketing “Class A” “Exceptional Quality” biosolids, generated in the City of Philadelphia Wastewater Treatment Plants, in the State of Delaware.  To achieve the Class A/EQ biosolids designation, the biosolids are required to be heated to at least 80C (176F) and the moisture content be raised to at least 90% solids.  Additionally, it is required that the finished product be sampled for specific bacteria and chemical parameters to demonstrate that State and Federal requirements are met.  Treatment renders the biosolids suitable for use as a fertilizer.

For more information on this application, please contact Brian Churchill, at (302) 739-9946 or by email at

Please note that live comments will not be accepted during the virtual hearing. Written comments may be submitted to the Hearing Officer via the online comment form at, via email to, or via USPS to the address below.

Docket #2020-P-W-0016

Public Hearing Officer

Lisa A. Vest
DNREC Office of the Secretary
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901

Transcript, Hearing Officer’s Report and Secretary’s Order

Public Hearing Transcript

Hearing Officer’s Report

Secretary’s Order No. 2021-W-0010 — Approving the application of Synagro Technologies, Inc./Philadelphia Renewable Bio-Fuels, LLC, for a Distribution and Marketing Permit for the distribution and marketing of Class A/Exceptional Quality biosolids fertilizer products throughout the State of Delaware (Effective Date: March 16, 2021)

Related Links

Public Notice

DNREC Exhibits

Exhibit 1: Permit Application (2/17/20)
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Permit Application Revision (3/22/20)

Exhibit 2: Part III, B. of the Guidance and Regulations Governing the Land Treatment of Wastes – Land Treatment of Sludges and Sludge Products

Exhibit 3: May 22, 2020 emails to interested parties notifying them of the June 25 Public Hearing
Maria Payan
Keith Steck
Shelly Cohen

Exhibit 4: Public Hearing Legal Notice (5/24/20)
As Published in the News Journal
As published in the Delaware State News
As published on the DNREC web site

Exhibit 5: State Public Meeting Calendar Notice

Exhibit 6: DNREC Public Hearing PowerPoint Presentation on Synagro’s permit application

Applicant Exhibits

Applicant Exhibit 1

Public Comments

Steck Questions



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