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There is renewed interest in the thermal processing of sewage solids in the United States. The emphasis on sustainable management practices and the increasing limitations of land application, particularly with Class B biosolids products, have increased the interest in thermal technologies. Two of the most commonly utilized technologies are thermal oxidation (incineration) and thermal drying.

In Southern New England more than 75 percent of the sewage solids generated in the region are managed by thermal processing facilities. These facilities have proven reliable and cost effective for the many municipal wastewater treatment facilities that employ these services. The services are largely provided by a unique competitive arrangement of publicly and privately owned and operated facilities. It is likely that thermal processing facilities will remain a significant, sustainable and cost effective sewage solids management choice for the region.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2004-01-01

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