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Medical waste certainly not a benign substance to spread around

To The Daily Sun,

I see that, once again, the issue of spreading biosolids, also known as sludge, is on the ballot in Gilmanton. There are very few times in our lives where we have the opportunity to right a wrong and change the course of the future — this is one of them.

There has been much written about this issue in recent memory. For those who may have missed the information, I will give a quick summary. Sludge, as the name suggests, is a toxic cocktail made up of human, industrial, and medical waste. This mixture is offered up to farmers as an economical alternative for fertilizer for crops. When spread on land, this poisonous "bloody Mary" of wastes, has been demonstrated to not only pollute the soil, but also sicken humans and animals.

I am a registered nurse with decades of experience working in hospitals. I can assure my neighbors that medical waste is certainly not a benign substance that I want spread around on our vegetables or animal feed! Unfortunately, the sludge industry and local partners spreading this poison have clouded the issue of present and future damage to the town by insinuating that farmers must use sludge to maintain their livelihoods. The real fact of the matter is, as my father would have said, "Your right to extend your fist ends where my nose begins." This discussion is NOT an attack on the agricultural way of life, but a letter of support for the citizens of Gilmanton who bear the negative effects of living near the land where this toxic product is being used.

I beg the residents of Gilmanton to vote "YES" on Zoning Warrant Article #3, to ban the spreading of biosolids, in the voting booth on March 8 or by absentee ballot — which is available now at the Gilmanton Town Clerk's Office.
June Garen

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Voters being misled with inaccurate info on aquifer protection

To The Daily Sun,

To the good people of Belmont:

I am writing this letter to get a few facts straight on the aquifer in our town. I've been on the boards for nearly 20 years. As with many others who serve the boards, committees and societies for many years, I truly wish more good people would get involved with the town and see how really hard everyone tries to make Belmont a better place. By being involved you sometimes just assume everyone is up to speed with what is going on, then I realized that is a part of my job. Get the correct information out there so you, the voters, can make an informed decision when it comes time to vote.

With the help of a great "Land Use staff" we have been up to speed when it comes to updating our regulations on a steady basis when it comes to land and water concerns. We were there ahead of sludge and biosolids, shoreline protection, stormwater management, electronic signage, cell towers, campgrounds, adult businesses and aquifer protection.

Fifteen years ago, the town, with help from its Conservation Committee, set out to study and identify the size and location of the aquifer and its importance. With the study done we were able to map its location and understand what we had on it and how to regulate what would come down the road in the future. We identified possible contamination sites and set up an inspection schedule to monitor these sites. We reviewed our land use regulations and added an aquifer ordinance which deals with more stringent requirements over the aquifer.

In the Zoning Ordinance: Article 7: Aquifer and Ground Water Protection District, there is an permitted-use chart that list 15 uses NOT allowed in the protection zone. No development or operation of gas stations, petroleum bulk plants or terminals, snow dump storage, junkyards, salt or other deicing chemicals, plus more.
My point is, you the voters, are being misled with inaccurate information which may keep you from making an informed decision when it comes time to vote. Please do more than just read the paper. Get involved with your town, its boards and committees. Go to the town's website and get the facts before you vote. The boards vote not to support the petition is not to be taken as a vote not to protect the aquifer. The petition is shortsighted by not being supported by a plan. Without a plan, it is dangerous. We don't know what it will do to the community: cost of relocation of the Industrial Zone; lost revenues and jobs from businesses, who by the way can move down the road a half mile, over the aquifer, to our neighbors and build with minimal restrictions, because they are not eliminating their industrial zone.
We are good stewards to our water quality; it's unnecessary to close our town to important industrial development. Please Vote "NO" on Article 2

Peter Harris


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