The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality plans to hold a public hearing for proposed modifications to Heard Farms' water quality permit at 6 p.m. March 19 at Umpqua Community College's Science Building 10, 1140 Umpqua College Road, Roseburg.

Heard Farms proposed modifying its permit to add belt presses to remove water from biosolids. Heard Farms would remove ammonia from this water and use the recycled water and biosolids to irrigate fields at two locations.

Heard Farms' facility near Wilbur treats septage from residential septic tanks, sludge from sewage treatment plants, grease and milk processing waste and generates biosolids. Biosolids are then applied on DEQ-approved sites in the area as fertilizer to improve soil productivity. DEQ issued the facility's current 10-year Water Pollution Control Facilities permit Dec. 12, 2011.

The DEQ will review public comments before deciding whether to approve or deny the permit modification. The public comment period closes at 5 p.m. March 23 and the public can mail, fax or email comments to Tim McFetridge, DEQ Water Quality Program, 4026 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem, OR 97302, 503-373-7977,

Reporter Emily Hoard can be reached at 541-957-4217 or Or follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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Emily Hoard is the business, outdoors and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4217 or by email at Follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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Every tax payer in Douglas County payed for the cleanup when one of Heard's trucks hit the Lookingglass Bridge and dump thousands of gallons of untreated sewage into the Umpqua River a couple of years ago. If it was a Democrat who owned that sewage business, he would have been jailed. The Republican Party is criminal mafia protected by the Douglas County Justice system.

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