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Anaergia, Inc. is, in its own words, "a Canadian Corporation, who is establishing corporate headquarters in Ontario Canada. Anaergia is the parent company to the UTS group of companies, having offices in eight countries worldwide. The focus of Anaergia is [to] develop and provide technology solutions to industrial, agricultural and municipal customers in the fields of wastewater treatment, anaerobic digestion, biogas capture for energy generation, biosolids handling and waste to value solutions."[1]

Toxic Sludge Gasification Controversy

"Biosolids handling" is PR spin for Toxic sludge processing. EPA whistleblower Hugh Kaufman has called gasification, or using sludge to generate methanol or energy, the "most environmentally sound approach, but also the most expensive," to sludge disposal. However, anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge, while it reduces the volume of the sludge and heats it to a temperature that kills many pathogens, still leaves behind what the industry calls "digestate" or, more specifically in this case, "biosolids." These "Class A Biosolids" (so-called because the Environmental Protection Agency has stricter limits on pathogens and "vector attraction" for Class A than for Class B Biosolids, i.e. they must not attract disease-carrying insects or rodents, etc.) still contain other sludge contaminants, including Dioxins and Furans, Flame Retardants, Metals, Organochlorine Pesticides, 1,2-Dibromo-3-Chloropropane (DBCP), Naphthalene, Triclosan, Nonylphenols, Phthalates, Nanosilver, and thousands more substances.

The EPA's 2009 Targeted National Sewage Sludge Survey (TNSSS) concluded that all sewage sludge, Class A, Class B or otherwise, contains toxic and hazardous materials, including large numbers of endocrine disruptors. The TNSSS results are described in two EPA reports published in 2009. EPA found that dozens of hazardous materials, not regulated and not required to be tested for, have been documented in each and every one of the sludge samples EPA took around the USA.[2] And yet Class A "Biosolids" may be applied to cropland with no restrictions and sold or given away to gardeners as "organic fertilizers," and hundreds of municipalities and companies do so.

Exhibitor at 2011 BioCycle 11th Annual Conference on "Renewable Energy from Organics Recycling"

Anaergia, Inc. was a participant, and UTS Residual Processing was an exhibitor, at the 2011 BioCycle 11th Annual Conference on "Renewable Energy from Organics Recycling." BioCycle Magazine is a publication serving the interests of the sewage sludge industry.[3]

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References

  1. Michael Theodoulou, P. Eng., R&D Director, Anaergia Inc., Letter to Geordie Gauld, City of London RE: Non-Disclosure Agreement, August 23, 2011
  2. Environmental Protection Agency, TNSSS: EPA-822-R-08-016 and EPA-822-R-08-018, January 2009
  3. BioCycle, Exhibitor Directory, publisher's website, accessed November 3, 2011
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