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May 27, 2009

What's That Cooking?

The Chicago Tribune reports today that a new machine at the Stickney sewage treatment plant is scheduled to go online soon, despite years of cost overruns, mechanical problems, missed deadlines and admissions by officials that the plant is no longer necessary.

When we toured the Stickney plant in 2008, our tour guides talked about the new plant as the future of waste treatment. Though we were not allowed to see the inner workings of the machine, the idea is that the wet sludge that is removed from the last settling ponds is pumped to this building, where intense heat kills bacteria and pathogens, cooking the sludge into small pellets which can then be used as fertilizer.

Since the contract was awarded for construction of the $217 million plant in 2000, the biosolids produced at the sewage plant have been spread on open air fields in nearby Hodgkins, where sunlight dries and sterilizes the sludge. In 2007 the Tribune ran an investigative article about the insider deals and failures of the company which built the pelletizer plant.

May 30, 2009

Stacy Found and Lost Again

Last week a decomposed body was found by cleanup crews along the Illinois River near Channahon, setting off a storm of armchair speculation that it might be famous missing Stacy Peterson, the most recent victim of alleged ladykiller Drew Peterson.

Cleanup master Chad Pegracke of the group Living Lands and Waters found the partial skeleton among debris washed up on the forested banks by last years floods.

But alas, DNA tests have proved the bones to be from a male. The amateur CSI detectives can all go back to their tabloids without satisfaction.

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