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Here's where to access scientific information about risks of biosolids

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing this in response to The Sun's Jan. 23 article about the petitioned anti-sludge ordinance in Gilmanton.

Sewage sludge is probably the most pollutant-rich material of the 21st century. Of the 90,000 industrial chemicals in commerce today, most end up in sewage. Every New Hampshire entity connected to a sewer can legally pipe its hazardous waste into the facility as long as it fills out the required forms. As these pollutants are removed from the waste water, most end up in sludge.

This includes not just lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, and zinc, but a vast array of other unregulated or inadequately-regulated pollutants such as PCBs, dioxins, EDCs, PAHs, flame retardants, phthalates, solvents, and PFOAs, most of which are highly toxic, persistent, accumulate in the food chain and soil, and can damage organisms in tiny amounts, in parts per trillion.

Hundreds of sludge-exposed neighbors in 38 states have reported serious respiratory symptoms, including asthma attacks, nausea, vomiting, skin rashes, and sinus infections. Several deaths — including one in New Hampshire — have been linked to biosolids exposure.

We are glad that the Planning Board will continue this conversation and not just listen to anecdotal reports of farmers, or to Mike Rainey, who has publicly referred to credible unbiased sludge research by the internationally renowned Cornell Waste Institute as "garbage."

For credible peer reviewed scientific information about the many risks linked to biosolids see http://www.sludgenews.org/resources/

For the inside story of how sludge brokers, DES, EPA, NEBRA, industry-funded researchers, and sewage treatment plant trade groups collaborate to cover up hundreds of harmful incidents linked to sludge exposure, ignore or manipulate scientific data, and silence critics, see http://www.sludgefacts.org/IJOEH_1104_Snyder.pdf

Caroline Snyder
North Sandwich

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Sludge makes people sick; it poisons land & water & creates stench

To The Daily Sun,

Sewage sludge — or biosolids — contains hazardous industrial chemicals "diluted" with pathogenic human wastes.

Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Parkinson's Disease (PD) are prion diseases caused by the brain pathogen similar to that which causes mad cow disease. Prion disease victims shed infectious prions in their urine and feces. The wastewater treatment process does not inactivate prions. They survive in the sludge.

The AD and PD epidemics are vastly under reported. While U.S. public health authorities list 7 million victims (6 million AD — 1 million PD), in fact most death certificates list "pneumonia" as the cause of death for AD and PD victims. And some scientists fear autism in children may also be another prion disease — another million victims. Thus, the full extent of the prion disease epidemics is unknown. And the true number of prion disease victims excreting infectious prions into public sewers may actually be much higher.

A recent study found that plants uptake infectious prions from the sludge and transport them to plant parts. The prion infected sludge is spread on corn, wheat, soybeans — basic ingredients in all the food lining supermarket shelves — and sorghum (animal feed).

In 1981, the Feed and Drug Administration (FDA) cut a deal with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the sewage industry to spread sewage sludge on land as a "soil amendment" because it contains some nitrogen and phosphorous from human wastes, and land spreading was the cheapest way to get rid of it, including the toxic industrial chemicals it contains.

Not only does the sludge make people sick, poison land and water and reduce property values, and the stench destroys neighbors' quality of life, but also pets are tracking it into homes on their fur and feet. Runoff goes to surface waters where prions also survive.

Mike Rainey, sludge coordinator for the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, is already well aware of all these facts.

For the details on Alzheimer's as a prion disease, and a copy of my Petition to the FDA to terminate their 1981 agreement to promote the land spreading of prion infected sewage sludge on human and animal food crops:

Other links:

Because Alzheimer's is an incurable prion disease, drug companies abandon research:

Helane Shields


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