To The Daily Sun,
I'm sure you've been hearing about the plight of the folks that live in Flint, Michigan, how their water supply was switched in order to save money and how this led to their water having toxic ramifications with regard to their health and safety.
We have a situation here in Gilmanton that we all need to address before additional harm is done. It is the spreading of biosolids. Biosolids (aka sludge) has been spread in several areas of our town with the reasoning that it is a cheaper fertilizer. Perhaps it is, but at what cost to our health and that of our children, animals and water supply?
This is a hazardous substance which has been researched and banned by several neighboring towns including Belmont, Barnstead and Alton.
The term sludge means "any solid, semisolid or liquid waste generated from municipal, commercial or industrial waste water treatment plant." (EPA RCRA (26A)). It is the solid remains after the liquids have been removed from sewage. Here is a sampling of what biosolids typically contain: Human waste, poisons and pharmaceuticals from residences, hazardous waste, solvents and chemicals from industries, and pharmaceuticals, pathogens (viruses and bacteria), and radioactive materials from hospitals.
We do not need any more of this spread in Gilmanton. The health and welfare of our families is far more important than saving some money on fertilizer.
Please vote yes in March to ban the use of biosolids in Gilmanton.
Barbara E. Swanson
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