Bion Announces PENNVEST Board Approves $7.8 Million Financing for Kreider Farms Dairy Project
This is the first project approved by the PENNVEST Board that supports waste treatment infrastructure at a CAFO (confined animal feeding operation) for the purpose of generating nutrient credits. Based on this approval, Bion will move forward with engineering and permitting for the Kreider project while finalizing definitive agreements with PENNVEST.
Over the past two years, Bion has worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and representatives from
More than 40 states have announced plans to develop nutrient trading programs, with Pennsylvania’s program being the most advanced. Nutrient trading programs encourage nitrogen and phosphorous reductions from non-point source facilities (such as agriculture and livestock facilities) by providing a program to sell credits for those reductions. These certified nutrient credits can be used by point source facilities such as municipal wastewater treatment plants, with much higher remediation costs, to offset their own nutrient discharges. The premise is that the same nutrient reduction to the environment can be achieved at a significantly reduced cost to the community.
Bion has worked closely with both the federal and state regulatory agencies, as well as all other stakeholders, to develop policies that will support long term capital investment in livestock waste treatment facilities. The results of a recent study commissioned by the
Bion’s project at Kreider Farms will be the first comprehensive on-farm waste treatment plant installation in the state, generating a steady stream of more than 100,000 credits per year. In addition to this initial dairy installation, Bion is working on a second phase of the project that it believes will generate in excess of 1 million additional credits. Phase 2 is anticipated to include a renewable energy production facility that will convert cellulose in the waste stream into usable thermal energy. According to the Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy, Pennsylvania’s municipal wastewater treatment plants that ultimately discharge into the Susquehanna River watershed are required to reduce or offset their nutrient discharges by 7.5 million pounds per year.
About Bion: Bion has provided solutions to the agriculture and livestock industry since 1990, with 30 first-generation systems installed through 2003. Bion’s next-generation technology results from 18 years of research & development, testing, commercial deployment, and further adaptation to evolving standards and opportunities. In addition to providing proven comprehensive environmental treatment, the system recovers cellulosic biomass from the waste stream to produce renewable energy in a process different and much more efficient than others that seek to exploit this energy source. The technology is scalable, proven and quickly gaining acceptance by regulatory agencies and other stakeholders as an effective solution to the environmental issues associated with concentrated livestock waste. For more information, see Bion’s website: www.biontech.com.
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