NYC ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIPS TO REDUCE ORGANIC LANDFILL WASTE

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CITY ANNOUNCES INNOVATIVE NEW PARTNERSHIPS THAT WILL REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF 
ORGANIC WASTE SENT TO LANDFILLS, PRODUCE A RELIABLE SOURCE OF CLEAN ENERGY AND 
IMPROVE AIR QUALITY 
One of the Nation's First Biogas to Local Natural Gas Distribution Projects at 
the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Will Produce Enough Renewable 
Natural Gas to Heat 5,200 New York City Homes 
Pre-processed Organic Food Waste Will Be Used to Create Additional Biogas for 
Conversion to Renewable Natural Gas 
Projects Contribute Towards Key PlaNYC Goals by Diverting Solid Waste from 
Landfills, Supporting Renewable Energy Development, and Reducing Annual 
Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 90,000 Metric Tons 
Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway, Environmental Protection Commissioner Carter 
Strickland, and Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty today announced two new 
partnerships that will reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfills, 
produce a reliable source of clean energy, and improve air quality.  Waste 
Management has begun delivering pre-processed organic food waste to the Newtown 
Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant where it is added to wastewater sludge to 
increase the production of biogas.  In addition, a first-of-its kind project 
with National Grid will convert the biogas by-product into pipeline quality 
renewable natural gas for residential and commercial use.  Together, these 
projects have the potential to produce enough energy to heat nearly 5,200 New 
York City homes, reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 90,000 
metric tons - the equivalent of removing nearly 19,000 cars from the road- and 
help City government reach its PlaNYC goal of reducing municipal greenhouse gas 
emissions by 30 percent by 2017.  The announcement was made at the Newtown 
Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, with the Director of 
the Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability Sergej Mahnovski, 
National Grid - NY President Ken Daly and Waste Management Area Vice President 
Tara Hemmer. 
"This first-of-its kind renewable energy project will harness part of the 1.3 
billion gallons of wastewater that New Yorkers generate every day," said Deputy 
Mayor Holloway. "The public-private partnership that made this possible will 
reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of removing nearly 19,000 
cars from City streets--a huge step towards making a greener, greater New York 
City.  I want to thank Ken Daly and his team at national grid, and the State 
Public Service Commission for working with us to make this happen." 
"Collecting and treating the more than one billion gallons of wastewater 
produced in New York City every day is essential to public health and the 
protection of the environment, but it also offers a significant opportunity to 
mine the resources in that waste stream for clean, reliable energy," said 
Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Strickland. "At no cost to 
ratepayers, these projects will harness a byproduct of the wastewater treatment 
process to provide renewable natural gas to local residents while helping to 
clean the air we all breathe." 
"These projects are terrific examples of how New York City is the test bed for 
bold ideas in clean energy and developing renewable biogas at Newtown Creek 
will serve as a blueprint for the type of transformative, sector-crossing 
projects needed to improve our air emissions and meet our greenhouse gas 
reduction targets," said Sergej Mahnovski, Director of the Mayor's Office of 
Long Term Planning and Sustainability.  "The projects will also act as a 
catalyst for developing new markets and technology for the resources recovered, 
both here in New York City and elsewhere." 
"By deploying a robust organics program, DSNY is creating an opportunity for 
DEP to convert organic waste, that NYC used to spend millions of dollars to 
send to out of state landfills, into clean renewable energy right here in New 
York City," said Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty.
"For more than a century National Grid has provided the local Brooklyn 
community with clean burning economical natural gas.  We are committed to 
delivering a low-carbon, sustainable energy future and we are proud to partner 
with DEP in this first-of-its kind project to demonstrate that renewable gas is 
a viable option to achieve this vision," said National Grid New York President 
Daly. "We are doing our part to help develop environmentally friendly energy 
technologies to minimize the effects of climate change on our communities.  In 
partnership with New York City we have been able to make our communities 
stronger through the Clean Heat Initiative, the Brooklyn/Queens Interconnect 
project, Energy Tech High School and now Newtown Creek Renewable Gas 
Demonstration Project."
"Waste Management is focused every day on helping our customers extract more 
value from the waste stream," said Tara Hemmer, Area Vice President - Greater 
Mid Atlantic, Waste Management.  "To support this pilot program, we have 
established one of New York City's first non-composting organics recycling 
facilities, which is designed to convert food waste into a clean, renewable 
energy source.   This initiative marks a significant step forward toward 
achieving the City's long- term sustainability goals of recycling organic waste 
and increasing the use of renewable energy." 
"Through this creative public/private partnership, the City of New York, 
National Grid, and Wastewater Management have demonstrated what a pathway to 
greater grid efficiency and reliability can look like," said Richard Kauffman, 
Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York State. "As New York State 
transitions to a cleaner energy economy, innovative local solutions like this 
will be critical to ensuring that communities receive the clean power they need 
and deserve." 
"Recovering energy from solid waste is a smart and sustainable way to ensure 
electricity needs are met while benefiting the environment," New York State 
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said. "DEC 
oversaw the regulatory review of this project to ensure community impacts are 
minimal and that environmental justice concerns are addressed. The potential to 
create renewable energy and reduce harmful greenhouse gases is a win-win for 
New Yorkers." 
"Finding new ways to keep organics out of landfills and to generate clean 
biogas are 21st century waste management strategies that make perfect sense.  
We welcome the Bloomberg Administration's latest such initiative and are 
rooting for this innovative approach to succeed in all of its worthy 
objectives," said Eric A. Goldstein, New York City Environment Director at the 
Natural Resources Defense Council. 
"This is a really exciting development," said Marcia Bystryn, president of the 
New York League of Conservation Voters. "The best part is that the city is 
addressing multiple environmental challenges - air quality, renewable energy 
and organic waste - at the same time. We applaud Deputy Mayor Holloway, 
Commissioner Strickland, Waste Management and National Grid for collaborating 
on this effort, and we hope it can serve as a model for more innovative 
environmental projects around the city." 
"Converting food waste to biogas allows us to use a local, urban energy source 
we'd otherwise throw away and helps reduce the need for fossil fuels," said 
Andy Darrell, Environmental Defense Fund's New York regional director. "This 
could be a model for locally produced energy in other cities." 
"Reducing the amount of organic waste sent to landfills, producing clean 
energy, and improving air quality is a win-win-win situation for the 
community," said City Council Member Stephen Levin.  "These are exciting new 
partnerships that will benefit Brooklyn in multiple ways." 
Biogas, which is mostly methane, is a by-product of the wastewater treatment 
process. Methane is also the main component of natural gas.  DEP currently 
reuses approximately 40 percent of the biogas produced at the Newtown Creek 
Wastewater Treatment Plant, and the new partnership with National Grid will 
ensure that 100 percent of it goes to beneficial reuses and does not contribute 
to greenhouse gas emissions from the plant.  National Grid will finance the 
design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the biogas purification 
system and initially DEP will provide the biogas free of charge.  Once project 
costs have been recouped, profits will be split between DEP and National Grid's 
customers.  Construction of the purification system will begin in 2014 and is 
expected to be completed in 2015. 
Over the summer of 2013, Waste Management's Varick I transfer facility in 
Brooklyn began processing organic food waste collected from local schools into 
a liquefied feedstock using the company's proprietary Centralized Organic 
Recycling equipment (CORe)SM process. The feedstock is delivered in sealed 
tankers to the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant where it is added to 
wastewater sludge to produce additional biogas.  Waste Management is currently 
processing 2 tons per day of organic waste at the Varick I facility and plans 
to increase its volume to 5 to 10 tons per day during the initial pilot phase, 
with the potential to raise capacity to 250 tons per day over the next three 
years.  If the pilot proves successful, there is the potential to process up to 
500 tons of organic food waste per day at the Newtown Creek Plant. 
Taken together, the initiatives have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas 
emissions by more than 90,000 metric tons a year.  Of this reduction, 54,500 
tons will come from diverting the approximately 153,000 tons of organic waste 
from landfills, 32,400 tons will come from using the biogas, a renewable energy 
source, and offsetting emissions from traditional means of harvesting the 
natural gas, 2,290 tons from reducing the 2.1 million miles of truck trips, and 
840 tons from diverting the excess biogas from the flare at the Newtown Creek 
Wastewater Treatment Plant. 
In the past several years, the City has pursued a portfolio of initiatives to 
increase in-city renewable energy, improve air quality, and divert solid waste 
from landfills, as outlined in PlaNYC, Mayor Bloomberg's sustainability 
blueprint.  The City is more than halfway towards achieving its goal of a 30 
percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions citywide by 2030, and from City 
government operations by 2017. 
Natural gas is cleaner than many other fuel sources, and renewable natural gas 
production can further improve New York City's air quality.  These projects 
build upon other initiatives that have helped New York City's air quality reach 
the cleanest levels in more than 50 years.  Since 2008, the levels of sulfur 
dioxide in the air have dropped by 69 percent and since 2007 the level of soot 
pollution has dropped by 23 percent. The cleaner air enjoyed by New Yorkers 
today is preventing 800 deaths and 2,000 emergency room visits and 
hospitalizations from lung and cardiovascular diseases annually, compared to 
2008. 
DEP operates 14 wastewater treatment plants throughout the city that clean and 
disinfect more than 1 billion gallons of wastewater to Federal Clean Water Act 
standards every day. At the plants, the wastewater undergoes five major 
physical and biological processes that closely duplicate how water is purified 
in nature.  One of the byproducts of these processes is sludge.  The Newtown 
Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant has eight digester eggs where the sludge is 
placed in an oxygen-free environment and is heated to at least 95 degrees 
Fahrenheit for between 15 to 20 days. This stimulates the growth of anaerobic 
bacteria, which consume the organic material in the sludge. The digestion 
process stabilizes the thickened sludge by converting much of the material into 
water, carbon dioxide and biogas. 
Each year, the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant produces more than 500 
million cubic feet of biogas.  Of this, approximately 40 percent is reused in 
boilers that provide heat for plant buildings and the digester eggs.  The 
excess biogas is flared into the atmosphere.  Under the new partnership, 
National Grid will purify the approximately 60 percent of excess biogas to 
pipeline quality renewable natural gas on-site, and inject it into the local 
distribution network to heat residential and commercial properties. 
The Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant is located in Brooklyn's 
Greenpoint neighborhood, and with a capacity to treat 330 million gallons of 
wastewater each day it is the largest plant in the city.  The plant was 
originally built in 1967 and is currently in the final stages of a multi-year, 
$5 billion upgrade.  It accepts wastewater from more than 1 million residents 
across portions of southern and eastern Manhattan, western Queens, and northern 
Brooklyn. 
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from DEP facilities and beneficially reusing 
the biogas by-product of the wastewater treatment process are two of the 
sustainability goals outlined in Strategy 2011-2014, a far-reaching strategic 
plan that lays out 100 distinct initiatives to make DEP the safest, most 
efficient, cost-effective, and transparent water utility in the nation.  DEP 
already reuses the biogas byproduct, either in boilers or for powering 
equipment, at 13 of its 14 treatment plants and is designing facilities to use 
an even higher percentage, which will help to further reduce emissions and cut 
electricity costs. 
DEP manages New York City's water supply, providing more than one billion 
gallons of water each day to more than nine million residents, including eight 
million in New York City. The water is delivered from a watershed that extends 
more than 125 miles from the city, comprising 19 reservoirs and three 
controlled lakes. Approximately 6,600 miles of water mains, tunnels and 
aqueducts bring water to homes and businesses throughout the five boroughs, and 
7,500 miles of sewer lines and 96 pump stations take wastewater to 14 in-city 
treatment plants. DEP has nearly 6,000 employees, including almost 1,000 in the 
upstate watershed.  In addition, DEP has a robust capital program, with a 
planned $14 billion in investments over the next 10 years that will create up 
to 3,000 construction-related jobs per year.  This capital program is 
responsible for critical projects like City Water Tunnel No. 3; the Staten 
Island Bluebelt program, an ecologically sound and cost-effective stormwater 
management system; the city's Watershed Protection Program, which protects 
sensitive lands upstate near the city's reservoirs in order to maintain their 
high water quality; and the installation of more than 820,000 Automated Meter 
Reading devices, which will allow customers to track their daily water use, 
more easily manage their accounts and be alerted to potential leaks on their 
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