Distribution and Marketing Permit Renewal – City of Seaford (Delaware)

Division of Water

Published: Oct. 17, 2021
Comments Due: Nov. 16, 2021

The City of Seaford currently has a permit for the distribution and marketing of a Class A Exceptional Quality (EQ) compost product. The Seaford Wastewater Treatment and Composting Facility is located on the south side of the Seaford, Delaware, adjacent to the Nanticoke River.

The City of Seaford composting operation consists of the blending of organic waste products (biosolids) from the Seaford wastewater treatment plant with bulking materials that consist of wood chips, tire chips, and other similar bulking materials. The composting operation (stabilization) employs the aerated static pile method in which the compost matrix achieves time, temperature, and oxygen requirements in accordance with regulatory requirements. Finished compost is required to be sampled for bacterial, chemical, and nutrient content to assure compliance with state and federal regulatory requirements as a Class A EQ biosolid compost product. Finished compost may be distributed under the City of Seaford’s D&M permit to individuals or commercial entities for use in agricultural and horticultural applications as a soil amendment.

The City of Seaford has submitted a permit application requesting that their existing permit for the production of composted biosolids product be renewed under the Department’s Guidance and Regulations Governing the Land Treatment of Wastes, Part III, B., Regulations Governing the Land Treatment of Sludges and Sludge Products which allows for such activity pending public notice.

Copies of the draft permit referenced above are available by contacting:

Brian Churchill
Surface Water Discharges Section
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901

A public hearing on the above application will NOT be held unless the Secretary of DNREC determines that a public hearing is in the public interest or if a written meritorious objection to the application is received by 4:30 p.m. November 16, 2021. A public hearing request shall be deemed meritorious if it exhibits a familiarity with the application and provides a reasoned statement of the action’s probable impact.