State Legislators Taking Closer Look At Biosolids


David Hudnall and his son, David Hudnall Jr. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

Unless you’re a farmer or an avid gardener, you probably don’t know much about fertilizers. You put some down and your lawn gets greener and your tomatoes bigger. For people living next door to a farm field, fertilizers have become a worry as some farmers use treated human waste to enrich their soil. Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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  1. #1 by Luca Vincent on October 19, 2017 - 9:33 am

    It is so important to remember that sewer sludge aka biosolids is NOT just human excrement – it is a concentration of all domestic and industrial pollutants that go down drains and sewers. It has some good stuff in it, which plants can use, but a huge load of thousands of other contaminants.  Please read what independent scientists have to say on this issue –

    Dr. Caroline Snyder – “Land-applied municipal sewage sludge (biosolids) is a highly complex and unpredictable mixture of biological and chemical pollutants. Biosolids generated in our large industrialized urban centers is very likely the most pollutant- rich waste mixture of the 21st century.”

    Dr. Richard Honour – “”Few in any governments appreciate that nearly all chronic diseases are caused by long-term exposure to low levels of environmental contaminants and pollutants. We should be trying to minimize this exposure, not amplifying it. It is time to end land disposal of Toxic Sewer sludge, and look at cleaner, greener alternatives – gasification / pyrolysis.”
    Let’s get on the right side of history, and use this waste resource to make energy. It is time to stop covering Mother Earth with our cities’ toxic sewage. See also –

    And see this link for a great overview of the issues – by Dr. Thomas Maler
    A great article from Scientific American –

    Prominent Scientists and Universities outline the Dangers of Biosolids –
    Cornell –
    Yale –
    Canadian Scientists –
    UK Scientists- Aberdeen / Glasgow Universities –
    See this link on regulatory failures and risks –
    See this link for a great overview of the issues – by Dr. Thomas Maler
    A great article from Scientific American –

    Biosolids on Video – For the section of the film dealing with Toxic Sludge start at the 32.40 minute point …
    Dr David Lewis interview –
    Trailer for upcoming film – Biosludged –
    NFB Crap Shoot –
    Sludge Diet –
    Spreading sewage sludge on farmland –

    The Green Alternative –  The answer is gasification / pyrolysis …not simply dispersing this toxic waste on farms and forests –
    lets get energy out of this resource AND rid the environment of these toxins.

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