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Jul 16, 2012 6:36 AM by Associated Press

SoCal sludge to be trucked to Kings County

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Sewage sludge from dozens of Southern California cities will be heading to the San Joaquin Valley as part of the region's latest mega-composting project.

The Fresno Bee reports the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County - which serves 78 cities - has purchased about 4,500 acres of farmland, or a little more than seven square miles, in Kings County.

The newspaper says plans call for trucking up to 500,000 tons a year of the waste to the site, where the waste will be mixed with wood debris and turned into compost.

The compost will be used to fertilize fields of cotton, wheat, pomegranates, pistachios and other crops.

Officials say the project will be developed in phases, with about 100,000 tons of biosolids being shipped a year to Kings County during the first phase.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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