Lystek holds info session

Jillian Blake of Lystek talks with a resident about the application process of the company’s product. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O’Hara)

GLEN — The Canadian-based company, Lystek which submitted a formal application Jan. 19 to develop an Organic Materials Recovery Center in the Glen Canal View Industrial Business Park held a Public Information Center event on Thursday at the Firehouse Hall.

The information center was held for anyone in the community who had any questions regarding Lystek and what their company does, giving them the opportunity to hear from subject matter experts to address any remaining concerns. The information center also gave Lystek the chance to clear up any misconceptions on their company.

Lystekpresident, Kurt Meyer, said he hopes the community gets an accurate depiction of what the Lystek company does and provided answers to any questions they might have had.

“There’s been a lot of misinformation about what we do or how we do it, so this is an opportunity for us to educate the community about the fact of our process, about our company, our people and what we would like to see occur if it goes forward,” Meyer said.

Meyer said the project would benefit the community in several ways, including being good for the economy. He said approximately $12 million would be pumped into the area almost immediately with the purchase of property in the business park.

Lystek representative Samantha Holloran shared information and answered questions on the production of the Lystegro which is Lystek's liquid fertilizer product. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

“We will be hiring people locally, we’ll be spending a lot of money to put in place a business for the long-term,” Meyer said.

At the information center, there were eight stations set up in the Firehouse Hall and each station gave information on different aspects of the Lystek company. Also at each station, were subject matter experts to share information and answer any questions.

Some of the stations included background and history on Lystek; the Lystek product; application; regulation framework; transportation; approval process; the proposed site plan and proposed building of what the Lystek building would look like if approved.

Kevin Litwiller, director of marketing and communications, discussed the company’s background and history. He said Lystek was founded in 2000 at the University of Waterloo, Ontario.

“What a lot of people don’t know is we didn’t actually have our first plant up and running until 2008,” Litwiller said. “From 2000 to 2006 we were doing research and development. In other words we were perfecting the technology.”

President of Lystek, Kurt Meyer, during the information center Lystek hosted on in Glen on Thursday. He was there to speak to the community and answer any questions they had on the company. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

He said in 2006 they ran a pilot project and went full commercial in 2008. Litwiller said the pilot project was proving the technology.

Lystek representative Samantha Holloran spoke about the Feedstock product, Lystegro. She said the material they accept are biosolids from wastewater treatment plants which is primary main feedstock, they also have accepted food waste, organic liquids and non-hazardous materials.

“All of those feedstocks are tested before we decide to accept them or not, so they’re tested for metals to make sure they’re all below regulatory limits before we decide to accept them and then on an ongoing basis, so as we are receiving those materials we’re still testing them to make sure the metals are never in exceedance the regulatory standard,” Holloran said.

Jillian Blake, engineering consultant, spoke on the application process and all the different applications Lystek has to go through before moving forward. These applications include, wetlands which Lystek has secured Army Corps wetlands jurisdictional determination, so the project will avoid all impacts on jurisdictional wetlands; SEQRA which the lead agency, the town of Glen Planning Board must make a determination of environmental significance; Site Plan Review; DEC Part 360 which means Lystek must obtain a Part 361-3 permit to construct/operate in the Glen Canal View Business Park; DEC air registration; DEC stormwater which is Lystek must submit a Notice of Intent for construction activities along with a stormwater pollution prevention plan; land acquisition; building permit and fertilizer, which means Lystek has to obtain a license from state Agriculture and Markets prior to selling final project.

Ajay Singh, technology director, discussed the regulation framework. He said there are three major things they have to reach in order to be one of the three class biosolids which are class B, class A or class A EQ. He said the minimum heat is at 168 degrees fahrenheit and there is a high-speed shearing to mix and break down the material. The processing time is about 30 to 40 minutes.

The proposed site plan for Lystek at the Glen Canal Business Park is shown. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Litwiller said at the information center he saw a lot of positive comments on the comment board from those who attended the event.

“We’ve had a lot of people asking really good questions. A lot of people are interested in the end product,” he said.

“They have a lot of information here and any kind of questions we had, it provides us better information about what specifically they want to do,” said Rosalie Farina, Fultonville “These kind of sessions provides you the opportunity to give you that kind of information without the interruptions to a whole group. When you look at something you have to keep your eyes open. You can’t only look at one side, you have to find out as much as you can from every source and this provides an opportunity to do that.”

“There has been a lot of misinformation replicated in the social media circles that has been inaccurate and part of this meeting here today is to allow us to communicate with to those who have an interest,” Meyer said. “We recognize that some folks have a hard time with progress and change and we recognize that sometimes folks just like to be comfortable with what they understand and know.”

Residents attend the Lystek's information center event held on Thursday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)