The toxins and other deadly contaminates in sewage
sludge are so bad that in 1990 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") made a
famous declaration that "sewage sludge constituents include disease-causing
pathogenic organisms (bacteria, viruses, etc.), heavy metals and inorganic ions,
and toxic organic chemicals from industrial wastes, household chemicals and
Scientifically deemed far too dangerous and poisonous to be dumped
and diluted in the ocean, the above and other research statements on sewage sludge led
to a worldwide ban in 1992 on the dumping of sewage sludge into the oceans and waterways.
The age old adage that, "The solution to pollution is dilution," by dumping industrial and
human waste into rivers and oceans, could no longer be supported with the growing
populations and growing list of manmade toxic chemicals.
Faced with a cut-off of its means of disposing much of its sewage sludge,
the sewage treatment industry in the U.S. began to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into
public relations and particularly, public officials. This corrupt payoff to political
campaigns continues today.
As a result the EPA, who earlier found processed sludge far too toxic
and poisonous to dump into the ocean, now finds that the same sewage sludge is safe for
use as a fertilizer for our nation's food supply.
Sewage sludge is used today to treat about half of this nation's
farmland; so Newberry Springs is not unique in its usage.
We are what we eat and Americans are realizing higher levels of cancers
and other health ailments than in past decades.
After science has substantiated that sewage sludge is too toxic
for marine life, how can it be safe for humans and livestock?
Newberry Springs contains a lot of uninformed people. Obviously
not you, because you are reading the Community Alliance Blotter. The farmers
in the valley appear to be of the more educated. They know what is going on. They
know that sewage sludge compost contains dangerous elements; and those that risk
using it are aware of the potential contamination to their crops and eventually
the local water supply.
They know what they are doing; and unfortunately, cheap sewer sludge
compost appears to be about greed for higher profit.
Several years ago, the U.S. National Research Council released a study
(2011) that concluded that the health risks contained in sewer sludge are so numerous
that most are simply unassessed and unknown.
Regarding the horses that ate feed from Newberry Springs and became ill; was
the illness from the sewage sludge compost? That may never be known. But the
possibility shouldn't be ignored.