To The Daily Sun,
Okay, let's get a few facts on the table. At the Gilmanton Planning Board meeting last month, both "sides" of the biosolids debate were presented. It was very clear during the meeting that there were quite a few facts that both sides completely agreed upon.
1. Biosolids are the same as sludge. We used to dump sludge into the ocean until we realized that we were creating dead spots, so it was outlawed. Now we are dumping it on our land.
2. Biosolids actually do have heavy metals in them. There is a need and a legal requirement for testing the soils for contamination levels to try to stop the spreading before the levels get too toxic.
3. Biosolids actually do have pathogens. Pathogens are germs. If you think about the fact that some of this sewerage waste comes from hospitals, that is a pretty scary fact. Some people have died in New Hampshire from airborne pathogens from biosolids.
4. Biosolids contain human excrement. The first lesson learned in the armed forces is to separate the latrine from the rest of the camp. The first lesson taught in Third World countries is to separate the latrine from the living areas and especially the aquifers and waterways.
Are we really this stupid that we can't follow our own advise?
5. Biosolids have two categories — A and B — and they come from the exact same material. Class A have been processed to try to minimize the pathogens. There is some discussion by EPA officials that this processing does not actually kill all the pathogens and under the right circumstances all those horrible diseases can reproduce again.
6. Biosolids pays big bucks. Okay I've heard that money corrupts, but that couldn't be true here too? Be careful, be careful, be careful. Letting some players get the big bucks, while they cause problems for their neighbors just isn't right. Not even considering what they are doing to themselves. Repairing damage done to land or people or wildlife is not cheap, but the players aren't usually the ones who pay that bill.
Talk to those who are subjected to the horrid smells, the burning eyes, the unspeakable items in Class B sludge and you will be forewarned. Your neighbors might decide to enjoy this "fertilizer" as well, and then it will be too late for you to stop them.
Vote "Yes" to ban biosolids in Gilmanton, and other towns get it on your future ballots.
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