The Farnsworth Paper Works Case

The Farnsworth Paper Works Case 5

TheFarnsworth PaperWorks Case



To: Mr. Vern Fenkel – (Manager Department of Natural Resources,Region No.4)

From:Sol Weidman

Requestfor future dumping of 500 -700 tons of fly ash on the FarnsworthLandfill every year and Selling the rest as Fertilizer

Thisproposal requests for a permit to dump 500-700 tons of fly ash on the Farnsworth landfill every year andselling the rest as fertilizer. The plan is to ascertain that noenvironmental damage or hazard is caused while at the same timeproviding beneficial fertilizer to the farmers.


Sinceinception, Farnsworth has for many years met all requirements forpollution control without any problems. In addition, we always ensurethat the fly ash is dumped in a manner that is environmentallyfriendly. In the previous ten years, the company has produced plentyof fly ash which has been piling up behind the 3A shed. This wasbasically just a temporary solution until we found a permanent area. A key challenge is that the area behind the 3A will have no morespace. An added problem is that the existing landfills in the regionare also very few and cannot accommodate the waste effective. Inaddition, we intend to clean up the area. Farnsworth has alwaysensured that we do not disturb the land scape around the mill and wewant this to continue.

ProposedSolution &nbsp

Anumber offeasible solutions exist that can assist in resolving theimpending issues. The first initiative is to allow the company topelletizeand sell the good waste in small quantities as fertilizer. Thecompany can sell approximately half of the waste as low- gradefertilizer. This move will get rid of about 500- 700 tons a year.The process is basically similar to that of potash ash which isextensively used as fertilizer by many farmers currently.

Providingthe company with the permit to dispose the fly ash on the Company’s40 acres land is another viable move and will definitely not affectthe environment nor raise eye brows in future. The remainingpromotion of waste after pilletization is unsuitable for recycling.In addition, the proportion remaining is definitely small. There ishowever need to dispose the remaining waste. Consequently, we requestfor this remaining proportion to be disposed on the 40 acres land.

Althoughit seems controversial to approve the request for us to use our 40acres as landfill, it is essential to make a valid justification ofthis appeal. Foremost, it’s essential to put into consideration theassertion that companies in other regions are allowed by their DNR todispose there waste in the manner they wish. I took the chance tomake several calls essentially in companies that produce fly ash andget rid of it. Most of the companies stated that the DNR in theirregions have allowed them to dispose their fly ash in their selectedarea, as a result, it is justified for Farnsworth to take care of the fly ash in their property in the manner they would want.

Alsowe presented to you findings of the consultation firm. I believe thatyou went through it and read it comprehensively. The findingspresented by the consultant is supportive enough to back the factthat DNR management will not be held accountable when a negativeenvironmental occurrence takes. This is because in real sense nothingnegative will take place. The findings of the consultation disclosedthat no detectable levels of alkalies existed in the ground waterthough the company has been dumping the fly ash in the area foryears. In addition, from the hydrogeologic study, the findingsdisclosed that the leaching from the ash dump cannot go into thelake.

Whatis evident from this findings is that no actual implications arebound to occur as a result of dumping the fly ash. Farnsworththerefore requests that you put into consideration the findings ofthe consultant firm as basis for giving us the permit.


Thekey activities that will be implemented on the basis of the proposedsolutions include pelletization which involves the mixing of the flyash with clay in order to make the particles to stick together. Theprocess will ensure that the dust hazard does not occur.

Recyclingwill also be done of the fly ash in order to extract usefulcomponents that can be used in the manufacture of fertilizer.

Productionof low grade fertilizer is a critical process that will be conductedto the fly ash after pelletization. Later on, the produced fertilizerwill be distributed to the market while the remaining substance willbe disposed.







Activity 1 – Pelletization

Day 1

Day 10

10 Days

Activity 2- Recycling

Day 10

Day 20

10 Days

Activity 3

Fertilizer Production

Day 20

Day 30

10 Days

Day 30

Activity 4

Distribution to the Market

Day 30

Day 31

1 Day

Activity 5


Day 31



Ilook forward on your response on the matter.