To The Daily Sun,
The minutes from the Gilmanton Deliberative Session, held on Jan. 30, 2016, are on the town website. They are concise, but I believe they missed a few key points of the discussion of Article 3 regarding biosolids (aka sludge).
First, the definition of the term sludge should have been included. It means "any solid, semisolid or liquid waste generated from municipal, commercial or industrial waste water treatment plant." (EPA RCAA (26A)). These are the remains after the liquids have been removed from sewage. The contaminants in this sludge could include hazardous waste, chemicals, viruses, bacteria and heavy metals such as mercury, zinc and lead.
Secondly, the reason that I mentioned the article regarding more than 600 tons of sludge being spread on a field at a cost savings of less than $600 over commercial fertilizer was to also state the real cost to the area residents of Greenland. Conditions included respiratory/breathing issues and rashes, but I think the worst tragedy was the death of 26-year-old Shayne Conner (See www.sludgevictims.com).
The health and welfare of our families, pets, water, land and that of our neighbors are too valuable to risk. Any cost savings that the use of biosolids may claim to offer our local farmers is not enough to sway my vote this time.
On March 8 please join me and vote "Yes" on Article 3 to ban the use of biosolids (Class A and Class B) in our town.
Barbara E. Swanson
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