Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc. (OTC BB: BNET) announced that it has initiated the flow of waste into the Bioreactor at its livestock waste treatment facility currently under construction at the Kreider Dairy Farm in Manheim, Pa.
This milestone represents activation of the first major treatment step, with the remaining portions of the treatment system to be operational during the second quarter of this year.
Initiating the Bioreactor (while the remaining portions of the project are still undergoing construction) allows time to build biological mass in the nutrient treatment vessel, shortening the time necessary to reach operational efficiency once the entire project is constructed and operating.
Bion anticipates construction completion during the Spring of 2011 followed by an “operational shakedown” period.
Construction photos will be posted periodically on the Bion PA website at www.bionpa.com/photos.
As previously reported in an 8-K, dated January 5, 2011, Bion received its initial reimbursement/draw request of approximately $1.739 million from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (‘Pennvest’) on Bion’s previously announced $7.6 million loan from Pennvest for the initial stage of Kreider Dairy Farms waste treatment project. Bion has made further reimbursement/draw requests and will continue to do so over the next several months as construction proceeds and is completed and operations commence on the initial Kreider system.
Bion Environmental Technologies has provided environmental treatment solutions to the agriculture and livestock industry since 1990.
Bion’s patented next-generation technology provides a unique comprehensive treatment of livestock waste that achieves substantial reductions in nitrogen and phosphorus, ammonia, greenhouse and other gases, as well as pathogens, hormones, herbicides and pesticides. Bion’s process simultaneously recovers cellulosic biomass from the waste stream to produce renewable energy.