Update on Back River Wasterwater Treatment Plant Explosion & Fire

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"While there is still work to be done, we are pleased to report that Synagro Technologies Inc. is conducting repairs to their centrifuge machines – devices used in waste processing to separate solids from liquids – and have begun testing the systems for their centrifuge odor control mechanisms.

"As we continue our efforts to successfully restore the Synagro support services to the plant, we will continue optimizing the operation of our city-owned centrifuges for biosolids removal. These processes have not impacted DPW’s waste disposal, and effluent discharge from Back River Waste Water Treatment Plant is in accordance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit."

Director Jason W. Mitchell, Ed.D.

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