Will biosolid ex­pert al­lay fears?

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

A lead­ing ex­pert on biosolids and pathogens will give a pre­sen­ta­tion in Lug­gate next week. En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence and Re­search en­vi­ron­men­tal mi­cro­bi­ol­o­gist and Cen­tre for In­te­grated Biowaste Re­search leader Dr Jac­qui Hor­swell will give the pub­lic pre­sen­ta­tion on Tues­day night. Dr Hor­swell has ex­ten­sive knowl­edge about the use of treated biosolids in New Zealand, and the fate and sur­vival of pathogens. Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil in­vited her to give the pre­sen­ta­tion to help in­form com­mu­nity con­sid­er­a­tion of Project Groundswell, a pro­posal to build a so­lar dry­ing fa­cil­ity to take sludge from Project Pure and use the dried biosolids to im­prove soil on farm­land. But some peo­ple had con­cerns about dumped waster fumes blow­ing over the town, de­creas­ing land val­ues and neg­a­tive pub­lic per­cep­tions of the town. If ap­proved, the $1.3 mil­lion green­house-style cen­tre would be built and op­er­ated by Ful­ton Ho­gan on land it owns on the cor­ner of McKay Rd and State High­way 8A. It would be the first site of its kind in New Zealand and would pro­vide an­nual sav­ings of $113,000, which is $23.54 a year for ev­ery house­hold in Wanaka and Al­bert Town con­nected to Project Pure.

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