Due to the copper company's mining operation, the land had become too acidic and the water quality too poor for vegetative life to survive. In December of 2018 we began working with the city of Chattanooga. Their biosolids program is recognized by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture as a commercial fertilizer. The application was a success, and vegetation returned and survived.
UPDATE: Copperhill Industries has withdrawn it's composting permit application. There will be no more composting on-site. All shipments of biosolids have been suspended. We will use the product already on site for our land application as we have done for the last 4 years. Once the ground is stabilized, that process will also end.
We will wait until the winter months to do any application, and evaluate in the Spring.
What are Biosolids?
Biosolids are a result of the wastewater treatment process. When the solid portion of wastewater is removed from the liquid, it is physically and chemically treated and converted into a nutrient-rich product known as biosolids.
Biosolids are processed according to state and federal guidelines and are a safe and effective way to fertilize soil for vegetation. Like all fertilizers, it does have an odor. Please understand that the presence of an odor does not mean that it poses any harm to humans or the environment.
For more information on biosolids, please visit the EPA website here.
Step 1: Biosolids as they arrive from Chattanooga.
Step 2: Biosolids mixed with wood chips.
Step 3: Mixture is set in windrows to compost.
Step 4: The finished product after composting is complete.