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  • PA SB799 - Clean Water Procurement Program - was filed on Friday. Transformational. Coupled with Letter of Expectation from US EPA to PA DEP this may signal clean water policy for the future. What an opportunity for the private sector. You're welcome.
  • Posted to PA Senator Richard Alloway's site yesterday:
    Senate of Pennsylvania
    Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session
    MEMORANDUM
    Posted: June 20, 2017 11:36 AM
    From: Senator Richard L. Alloway, II
    To: All Senate members
    Subject: Pennsylvania Clean Water Procurement Program

    I am introducing legislation to create a program for Pennsylvania municipalities and municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) to meet their taxpayer funded Chesapeake Bay nutrient reduction mandates. In January 2013, the PA Legislative Budget & Finance Committee issued a report that projected a competitively-bid verified nutrient procurement program would reduce overall compliance costs by up to 80 percent. In the process, we can save taxpayers billions, while improving drinkable water within the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which has been threatened through years of poor cleanup efforts.

    Pennsylvania’s taxpayers, in spite of having invested billions in municipal and agricultural Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts, face unprecedented costs in meeting Chesapeake Bay total maximum daily load (TMDL) pollution requirements under the existing Department of Environmental Protection sector allocation approach.

    Simply put, meeting the 2025 Chesapeake Bay mandate under the existing approach will be the single largest tax increase that the taxpayers of the Susquehanna watershed have seen in their lifetime.

    The impact of allowing these crushing costs to continue unabated will have a devastating effect on these communities and significantly impact the long term social and economic health of these communities.

    This legislation will replace the existing allocation approach, which is not cost focused, with a competitive-bidding program that focuses on the securing the most cost-effective solution. This will include risk assessment and valuing local quantifiable environmental benefits and their impact on the community.

    The program is designed to transfer performance risk from the taxpayer to the successful bidder by requiring that the projects be private-sector funded. Payment for nutrient reductions will be after the Department of Environmental Protection has certified the nutrient reductions. Perhaps most important, the combination of requiring private-sector funding and payment in arrears eliminates the risks for taxpayers. Under the existing approach, taxpayers fund the solution and assumes the risk.

    The legislation will provide relief to MS4s from nitrogen and phosphorus requirements, and establish a structure to help ensure municipalities can implement lowest-cost compliance with Bay TMDLs through consistent long-term purchases of nutrient credits that meet EPA’s verified standard as Bay offsets. This will save taxpayers billions -- and finally help Pennsylvania solve its Chesapeake Bay cleanup challenges.
  • Bion press release out. We are confident that the PA legislation is continuing to gain traction and that we will see a successful conclusion in the current session that ends in June. We also tried to explain, not sure how successfully, that reducing federal funding for EPA and Bay restoration is a good thing for Bion. It underscores the need for more cost-effective spending and accountability. It is the entrenched interests of the status quo that have kept the private sector out. Change is good.
  • "sustainable beef" just what is that?

    PR NewswireMarch 7, 2017

    LOS ANGELES and ZARAGOZA, Spain, March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- OriginClear Inc. (OTC/QB: OCLN), a leading provider of water treatment solutions, today announced its entry into the agricultural waste water treatment market. Spanish farming equipment manufacturing company, Montajes Longares, is launching a spinoff to commercialize its patented Depuporc® pig manure slurry cleanup system, and has licensed OriginClear's Electro Water Separation™ (EWS) to help clarify and sanitize the slurry for water reuse and fertilizer applications.

    In Spain alone, there are more than 85,000 farms breeding more than 26 million pigs at any one time, making Spain the largest pig producer in Europe, and third in the world after China and the USA. EU regulations are tightening around nitrates discharge, creating increasing pressure on animal farmers to treat their effluents.

    "For some time, we've been interested in the agricultural waste water treatment market," said Jean-Louis "JL" Kindler, President of OriginClear's Technology Division. "Our technology is well-suited to extracting organic contaminants and sanitizing agricultural waste water, and pig manure slurry is a great first application in this large and growing market. We're excited to have a partner who is licensing our technology into their patented system to solve agricultural water treatment challenges."

    "We expect to use OriginClear's EWS to significantly reduce the need for chemicals such as coagulants and flocculants, while reducing equipment cost and footprint, and operating expense," said Francisco Longares Valero, CEO and co-founder of Depuporc S.L. "We plan to supply agricultural operators and service companies with mobile treatment units having a capacity of 7 m3 (metric tons) of water per hour, or more than 50,000 gallons per day, and fixed onsite plants able to treat between 15,000 and 25,000 m3, or as much as 10 million gallons, per year."

    As part of its licensing commitment, Depuporc has acquired an OriginClear laboratory-scale unit to help its engineering team design and build a pilot system for immediate deployment at the site of a prospective client. With full support from its parent company, Depuporc has all the necessary resources for design, engineering, manufacturing, as well as commissioning and maintenance.

    The Depuporc system is an integrated solution for livestock waste treatment that processes animal waste through various phases of filtering and separation, providing a source of recycled water for farm cleaning and irrigation. Depuporc S.L. plans to have the first pilot in operation before summer 2017.

    According to Research and Markets, "the global agricultural waste water treatment (WWT) market has been estimated at USD 15.05 billion in 2015 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 8.64% during the forecast period. The agricultural WWT majorly includes manure management nutrient capture, renewable electricity, and anaerobic digestion. There are more than 3,000 upcoming projects in the next 5 years, which are majorly located on dairy, swine or livestock farms since manure is a consistent and reliable supply of wastewater."
  • Hey Larry, Yahoo won't let me respond below - it doesn't like posts with links in them. If you post the title of the article I can google it. And yes, there has been lots of third-party news, pretty much all positive. The most encouraging I've seen is the article in Fortune about McDonalds moving toward sourcing sustainable beef.
  • 39,892 shares traded yesterday!!!

    To what do we owe this burst of buying enthusiasm?

    If not a PR is forthcoming, perhaps our Mr. Craig will fill us in or maybe just "me" as there doesn't appear to be anybody else besides him and me.
  • They see the opportunity in poultry manure just as BION does but I'm betting they get to the market before BION does.

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/biolargo-hatches-plan-help-poultry-133000271.html

    Yeah yeah - you know these folks, too. :-)

    Biolargo Hatches Plan to Help Poultry Industry Make Clean Farms, Healthy Chickens, Safer Food and More Profit
    REDONDO BEACH, CA / ACCESSWIRE / January 24, 2017 / The poultry industry is big business, but also faces big challenges. Since 1992, chicken has outpaced beef in per capita sales in the U.S ., and during ...
    finance.yahoo.com
  • Chanced to sit at a banquet table last night with a university educator/and past president of the same university who also spent several years in China offering suggestions to them for agricultural problems such as swine raising. He said China raises 500 million pigs annually and many of their swine raising sites are multi stories high. I asked him what they did with all the manure and he said he "thought' they put it in pits. I would have thought they spread it on their fields. Anyhow, since BION hasn't made any material progress with their technology to date, I'm wondering whether BION has been approached by Chinese interests. 500 million pigs is a whole lot of opportunity, IMO.
  • FWI;

    http://magnegas.com/sustainable-solutions/

    Another possible trinket that might be added on as a backend processor of whatever is left over from BION's process.

    Sustainable Solutions : MagneGas
    magnegas.com
  • I see that the PA legislature has recessed and all bills that didn't get acted upon will have to be resubmitted in 2017. So another YEAR is facing us. Also Wisconsin and its water pollution problems made it to the Tribune with a picture of an algae bloom offshore Green Bay. Scads of opportunities but nobody stepping up to the plate.
  • Front page headline in today's Chicago Tribune: Plan for 20,000-hog facility sparks Spoon River revolt. I'd say BION is like the kid looking through the glass front of the candy store because he doesn't have the money to get in. Oh well, MAYBE 2017 will be the year but I'm not holding my breath.
  • Just checked the roster of presenters at the upcoming LD Micro and I see BION is a presenter. Craig, I presume you'll do the talking and will share the highlights and the attendance numbers for BION.
  • Craig:

    What was the outcome of the PA legislature's "discussion?"
  • Alert about $BNET on http://otc.report/?s=BNET

  • Hello, / Is there anybody in there? / Just nod if you can hear me. / Is there anyone at home?…If so, Happy Hump Day. Note that on Oct 18 is a joint Senate committee hearing (environment and agriculture) to discuss the PA Ches Bay Strategy. Should be interesting.
  • Bion's September Shareholder Update is up on the website. Click the News tab...