Letter to the Editor:
Re: Berryville’s new sewage treatment plant (3/23 article) The plant’s new filtering system will remove more pollutants from the waste water, which is commendable and what sewage treatment plants are meant to do. But the down side of this improved process is that MORE of the removed pollutants will end up in the resulting biosolids. Sewage sludge does not just contain toxic metals. A recent nation-wide survey of samples indicates that virtually all biosolids contain toxic and persistent synthetic chemical compounds, none of which are currently regulated. According to the latest National Academy of Sciences biosolids report, the VA DEP sludge policies are based on flawed risk assessment models, outdated science, or no science at all. Does it really make sense to spend millions of dollars to remove pollutants from sewage, and then transfer these same pollutants back on the land where they can impact people, live stock, soil, groundwater, and crops?
Biosolids is probably the most pollutant– rich material created by modern society. It does not belong on the land where we grow our food or graze our animals.
For accurate information about the risks linked to bioslids use, visit www.sludgefacts.org
Caroline Snyder Ph.D.
Rochester Institute of Technology
458 Whiteface Rd.
N.Sandwich NH 03259