Monday, March 15, 2010

Sewage Sludge hearing set for Campbell County on Tuesday 3/16/2010

I posted on this a while back and there has been little movement until recently. This issue is of significant importance because if the science is not done objectively and the treated sewage sludge is not applied correctly, it can contaminate drinking water. The following is from Lorraine Potter, who is part of a local group following the process relating to the DEQ and Nutri-Blend's application to spread treated Sewage Sludge:
If you own land in Campbell County it's important that you attend the Mar 16 Biosolids public hearing at Rustburg High School. Over 55,000 tons are proposed to be spread on over 3000 acres, much of it surrounding Rustburg and 1/2 mile from our schools. Come and make sure your land has not been inadvertently included in this permit. So far County citizens and employees have found 14 properties that were mistakenly included in this permit when the actual landowner had not given permission to have sludge applied to his property. DEQ has admitted that they do not verify the accuracy of information received in a permit application yet this is what is used to draft the permit.

The permit hearing will begin at 7 PM. If you wish to speak come and sign up. Written comments will be accepted by DEQ through March 31, 2010.From 6:15 - 6:45 materials will be available showing which properties are proposed for sludging.
Ed Foster's letter from 3/14/10
Please contact Lorraine Potter at 821-2949 if you have any questions. Also please visit their website at to learn more about Sewage Sludge.

1 comment:

  1. The US EPA and waste industry are promoting the landspreading of Class B sewage sludge containing infectious human and animal prions on grazing lands, hay fields, and dairy pastures. This puts livestock and wildlife at risk of infection. They ingest large quantities of dirt and top dressed sludge with their fodder.

    Prion infected Class A sludge "biosolids" compost is spread in parks, playgrounds, home lawns, flower and vegetable gardens - putting humans, family pets, and children with their undeveloped immune systems and hand-to-mouth "eat dirt" behavior at risk. University of Wisconsin prion researchers, working with $100,000 EPA grant and a $5 million Dept. of Defense grant, have found that prions become 680 times more infectious in certain types of soil. Prions can survive for over 3 years in soils. And human prions are 100,000 times more difficult to inactivate than animal prions

    Recently, researchers at UC Santa Cruz, and elsewhere, announced that Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is a prion disease. "Prion" = proteinaceous infectious particle which causes always fatal TSEs (Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies) in humans and animals including BSE (Mad Cow Disease), scrapie in sheep and goats, and Chronic Wasting Disease in deer, elk and moose. Human prion diseases are AD and CJD (Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease,) and other rarer maladies. Infectious prions have been found in human and animal muscle tissue including heart, saliva, blood, urine, feces and many other organs.

    Alzheimer's rates are soaring as Babyboomers age - there are now over 5.3 million AD victims in US shedding infectious prions in their blood, urine and feces, into public sewers. This Alzheimer's epidemic has almost 500,000 new victims each year. No sewage treatment process inactivates prions - they are practically indestructible. The wastewater treatment process reconcentrates the infectious prions in the sewage sludge.

    Quotes from Dr. Joel Pedersen, Univ. of Wisconsin, on his prion research:

    Our results suggest that if prions were to enter municipal waste water treatment systems, most of the agent would partition to activated sludge solids, survive mesophilic anaerobic digestion, and be present in
    treated biosolids. Land application of biosolids containing prions could represent a route for their unintentional introduction into the environment. Our results argue for excluding inputs of prions to municipal wastewater treatment."

    "Prions could end up in wastewater treatment plants via slaughterhouse drains, hunted game cleaned in a sink, or humans with vCJD shedding prions in their urine or faeces, Pedersen says"
    (Note - This UW research was conducted BEFORE UCSC scientists determined that Alzheimer's Disease is another prion disease which may be shedding infectious prions into public sewers and Class B and Class A sludge "biosolids.)

    Helane Shields, Alton, NH 03809

    Infectious prions in sludge "biosolids"