Report: Proposed Composting Site Could Contaminate Canals, Degrade Environment

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The Compost USA of Sumter County facility near Lake Panasoffkee, opened in April 2014, sits on 60 acres of land with 35 acres used for production. The proposed compost site in St. Lucie county, owned by Becker Holding, is on 189 acres of land and is about a half a mile from the C-29 canal. (LEAH VOSS/TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS) Photo credit: Treasure Coast Newspapers

Article courtesy of  Tyler Treadway | November 23, 2015 | TCPalm | Shared as educational material

The proposed composting facility in western St. Lucie County would likely send nutrients, pathogens, bacteria and heavy metals into surrounding canals and “ultimately have a negative effect on water quality downstream” in the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon.

That’s the finding of a report on Compost USA’s application to build a 189-acre facility on Shinn Road that would mix sewage sludge from municipal wastewater treatment plants with chopped yard waste and wood chips to make mulch, fertilizer and potting soil.

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