The Bion-PA website is designed to provide the Chesapeake Bay watershed stakeholder community - residents, taxpayers, and ratepayers; government officials; members of environmental and other public interest groups; academics and other interested parties - as well as others, including Bion's shareholders, an opportunity to learn about Bion's ability to provide cost-effective, permanent, real (measurable and verifiable) reductions of excess nitrogen and phosphorous from unregulated non-point source livestock facilities to both the local watershed and aquifers, as well as the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
The application of Bion's livestock waste treatment technology will provide verified nutrient reductions equivalent to those presently being generated by regulated point source (municipal authorities) and non-point source (stormwater authorities) at cost savings to federal and state taxpayers, as well as local ratepayers, of 70% or greater - based upon an estimated average blended cost for municipal and stormwater reductions of $40 per lb of nitrogen. These solutions will be delivered locally, at the source of the problem, and will benefit both the Chesapeake Bay and the local community, rather than the present approach which seeks to achieve Bay reductions downstream from their livestock source - thereby substantially increasing the cost of remediation while providing little environmental or quality-of-life benefits to the local community.
Bion has spent more than 20 years, including the installation of 30 of its first generation systems through 2003, to develop its second generation technology platform that greatly reduces the environmental impacts of livestock waste. Bion's Nutrient Management Facility at Kreider Farms will largely eliminate the production, dispersal and re-deposition of ammonia (nitrogen) to stormwater runoff pathways; runoff of excess nitrogen and phosphorus into ground- and surface-water pathways; greenhouse gas, other air pollutant and odor production; as well as pathogens, antibiotics, hormones, pesticides and herbicides.
Bion recently completed construction of a treatment system at the Kreider Dairy Farm to treat the waste from 1,200 cows from the active milking herd. Based on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection approved credit certification methodology, Bion anticipates it will generate approximately 130,000 nitrogen credits (along with 16,250 phosphorus credits) for nutrient reductions at the Kreider Farm, subject to actual measured results consistent with the final approved credit verification plan (see Kreider Farm Overview). The verified credits can then be sold to offset the discharges of regulated nitrogen sources that face much higher remediation costs, such as municipal wastewater treatment plants in the Susquehanna River watershed that face mandatory reductions under the Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy. They can also provide offsets to obligations to treat storm water runoff at a substantially lower cost.
This website will serve as both a source of information about the Kreider project and other Bion activities in the Susquehanna/Chesapeake Bay watershed, as well as a forum where interested parties can post comments or questions that Bion staff will respond to. For more information on Bion, including our demonstrated and 3rd party peer-reviewed livestock manure treatment technology, as well as the opportunities Bion presents as a US publicly-traded company, please visit Bion's primary website at www.biontech.com.