Detroit Moves Forward with $683 Million Sludge Conversion Facility

Date: May 28, 2013

Source: News Room

The City of Detroit, MI is moving ahead with plans to build a $683 million facility that will convert biosolids into energy and fertilizer products. The City Council voted 6-2 earlier this month in favor of the facility, which would be the largest of its kind in the country. It is expected to be built near an existing wastewater treatment plant. State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr is negotiating a 20-year contract with New England Fertilizer Co. (Quincy, MA) which would build and operate the plant. The deal is expected to save the city $330 million in operating costs and bring it into compliance with new air emission standards that go into effect in 2016.

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