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FORT EDWARD — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting comments on a Fort Edward company’s proposal to treat municipal wastewater and paper mill sludge.

Environmental Soil Management of NY has applied for a solid waste management permit with the state agency, which would cover the research and development demonstration for one year.

The company would import up to 10,000 tons of sludge to its thermal desorption facility on Towpath Lane, according to a project description on DEC’s website.

The wastewater and paper mill product would then be mixed with heat-treated soils “to increase the organic content and nutrient value of the soil.”

The company plans to stockpile the product for reuse.

“The goal of the proposed project is to gather data on the incorporation of biosolids with thermally treated soils to increase the organic content of treated soils,” the DEC said in a statement to The Post-Star.

The agency referred specific questions to Environmental Soil Management of NY, which did not return The Post-Star‘s multiple requests for comment.

Should the permit be approved, DEC said it would cover one year, at the end of which the company would have to request an extended modification of its solid waste management permit to continue with the activity.

The public is invited to comment on the proposed project no later than Thursday, May 10. The DEC’s Environmental Notice Bulletin said the application and draft permits are available for inspection at the project’s contact person’s office during normal business hours, though the public is encouraged to make an appointment. The contact person is Beth Magee, NYSDEC Region 5 Warrensburg Sub-Office, 232 Golf Course Road, Warrensburg or dep.r5@dec.ny.gov.

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Reporter Gwendolyn Craig can be reached at 518-742-3238 or gcraig@poststar.com. Follow her on Twitter @gwendolynnn1.

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