Virtual Public Meeting and Public Hearing: Synagro Technologies, Inc. Request for a Distribution and Marketing Permit

Division of Water

Start Date: May 24, 2020
End Date: June 25, 2020
Documents For Review
Permit Application (2/17/20)
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Permit Application Revision (3/22/20)

Notice is hereby given that Synagro Technologies, Inc. has applied to the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Surface Water Discharges Section (DNREC-SWDS) for a distribution and marketing permit, for the distribution and marketing of Class A/Exceptional Quality biosolids fertilizer products throughout the State of Delaware. 

The Surface Water Discharges Section will conduct a public information meeting and a public hearing (Docket # 2020-P-W-0016) on Synagro Technologies, Inc.’s (Synagro) permit application for a distribution and marketing (DM) permit. 

Synagro’s permit application proposes distributing and marketing “Class A” “Exceptional Quality” biosolids, generated in the City of Philadelphia Wastewater Treatment Plants, in the State of Delaware.  To achieve the Class A/EQ biosolids designation, the biosolids are required to be heated to at least 80C (176F) and the moisture content be raised to at least 90% solids.  Additionally, it is required that the finished product be sampled for specific bacteria and chemical parameters to demonstrate that State and Federal requirements are met.  Treatment renders the biosolids suitable for use as a fertilizer.

Public Meeting

A virtual public meeting will be held on the application on Wednesday, June 17 2020, beginning at 6:00 PM.

Persons wishing to obtain additional information on or ask questions about the permit application may attend the virtual public information meeting on June 17, 2020 at 6 pm.  Please note, official comments on the application will not be accepted during the public meeting.  Please see “Public Hearing” below regarding comment submission.   

Public Hearing

A virtual public hearing will be held on the application on Thursday, June 25 2020, beginning at 6:00 PM.

Please note that live comments will not be accepted during the virtual hearing. Written comment may be submitted to the Hearing Officer via the online comment form at, via email to, or via USPS to the below address. The Department will accept public comment through the close of business on Monday, July 6, 2020.

Lisa A. Vest, Hearing Officer
Office of the Secretary
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901

For additional information on the above matters, including how to connect, and to review this application, visit and or contact Brian Churchill, Division of Water, Surface Water Discharges Section, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, by phone at (302) 739-9946, or by email at

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