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Saratoga, Warren, and Washington County have no shortage of fantastic goods and services to offer! In this podcast, our host Mike Nelson will clue you in on the amazing gems hidden in your very own community!

Season 2, Episode 7

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Raymond Apy, the CEO of Northeastern Biochar Solutions and one of the main figures behind Saratoga Biochar Solutions! The proposed facility’s goal is to process biosolids into carbon fertilizer, but local opposition to the project has been significant… Ray has met every goal and then some, and he wants more people to understand the importance of the project. Listen to this episode to hear his explanations and future plans!

00:48 – The Show Begins

01:41 – A Brief Background of Ray Apy

04:16 – The Biosolids Disposal Problem

05:21 – Meeting Moreau

07:09 – Why Biochar? A History

12:46 – Solving a Big Problem: Chemical Fertilizer

17:50 – Opposition Mounts

19:58 – Chapter 92 Does Not Apply

21:42 – 16 Conditions… All Met

24:12 – Propaganda, Defamation and Gaslighting

25:55 – Sewage Sludge vs. Biosolids: There IS a Difference!

27:48 – Biosolids vs. Biochar: There IS a Difference!

28:54 – PFAs: What They Are, and WHERE They Are

34:38 – Emerging Technologies: Biochar isn’t New!

38:06 – Wood’s Place in the Process

39:25 – Sharing Findings: With the DEC and Beyond

42:25 – The Well-Informed Have No Problems with the Project!

43:51 – Other Avenues: Railroad Ties, Asphalt Shingling, Carbon Concrete

46:25 – Public and Private Enterprise Alike

47:35 – Starting Small… And Keeping Emissions Low

49:50 – Not Giving Up

50:20 – How to Get in Touch

50:53 – Closing Remarks

PRODUCTION NOTE: The opinions reflected in this podcast are not indicative of the views of Saratoga Business Report, SaratogaBride.com LLC, Saratoga TODAY, Glens Falls TODAY Business Report, or Five Towers Media.


  • Host

    Michael Nelson

  • Guest

    Raymond Apy

  • Runtime

    51 min, 58 sec

  • Air Date

    April 8th, 2024