RFK Jr. visits for plant partnership
NEW TECHNOLOGY MAKES HRSD PLANT GREENER
SUFFOLK, Va (WAVY) – Starting Thursday, batches of “Crystal Green” began coming from the Hampton Roads Sanitation District’s Nansemond Treatment Plant in Suffolk. The product, and the process that creates it, brought Robert Kennedy Jr. to town.
The environmental attorney and advocate celebrated the fact that the new fertilizer will not pollute local waterways.
“Every child in Hampton Roads has a right to go to the Elizabeth River, the James River, Hampton Bays, throw in a hook, pull out a striped bass, and go home and feed it to their families,” Kennedy told a crowd gathered at the plant.
A partnership between HRSD and Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc.–a company that markets itself as “creating value from waste”–is transforming nutrients from waste water. In many treatment plants, nutrients like phosphorous and nitrogen build up inside pipes. Eventually the waste gets washed back into waterways, but not at the Nansemond Treatment Plant.
Kennedy said the Ostara technology will be good for both the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the local economy.
“It doesn’t dissolve in water, so it’s never going to get back into the Chesapeake Bay…This technology not only costs nothing, we actually install it for free,” he said. “But it creates a fertilizer product at the end which is valuable. We sell it and split the proceeds with the sewage treatment plant.”
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