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Improvements in the works to Scottsbluff compost site

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The City of Scottsbluff is in the process of making improvements to its compost site after finding–out it hasn't been meeting necessary temperature requirements for composting biosolids.

Biosolids are the nutrient-rich organic product of wastewater treatment and must meet specific Ph, temperature and air-drying requirements.

To meet these requirements, the city must adjust their compost process, and as a result, also apply for a special permit that relates to the volume of bio solids being managed.

City Planner Annie Folck says the city is purchasing new composting equipment and will make a number of site-upgrades, as well.

"[We'll be] using a concrete pad to keep everything from leaching into the ground water," says Folck.  "There will need to be security fencing around the whole thing.  Eventually we'll want a scale so we can keep track of how much material is going in and out of there."

Scottsbluff council members Monday night approved the use of funds to develop the compost facility site, which allows the city to move forward with the proper permit application.


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