Wilm. introduces plan to manage sludge
By Mellany Armstrong

Updated Monday, January 23, 2012 - 12:08pm

Wilmington officials are outlining the second part of a $50 million renewable energy project.

Mayor Baker's chief of staff Bill Montgomery says residents will learn about a plan to set up a thermal drying facility at the Hay Road wastewater treatment plant.

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"It takes those biosolids or sludge and dries them and drastically reduces the volume. So it's a way to really attack that issue of what to do about the city sludge" explains Montgomery.

The methane gas generated by the drying process will be used to power the plant. City officials say when Phase I and Phase II are combined, it will replace 50 percent of the city's grid electricity consumption with renewable generation.

The plan will be presented in city council chambers at 5 p.m. Monday afternoon.

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