It is unfortunate that the Dept. of Ecology has decided not to honor the call for a statewide moratorium on further sewage sludge land application permits made by Protect Mill Canyon Watershed and hundreds of our supporters around the state. On Oct. 24 , Ecology instead granted a permit to Bio Recycling Corporation, a very troubled sludge application company in Centralia, WA. Some of the groundwater in fields where Bio Recycling has been dumping sludge for years have reached unsafe levels of nitrate contamination. The company has inadequate storage facilities and has been told to bring them into compliance or curtail operations. Neighbors of the sludge facility are very concerned. This article from Mason County Life, published on Nov. 6, describes the issues involved. Here's a quote from a concerned neighbor from the article: "'This was an ill-conceived idea from the very beginning with applying toxic things into the ground,' said Union resident Pat Vandehey at the March hearing. 'They never thought about what happens when it’s reached a saturation point and they’re not going to be able to put it on anymore. Something has to be done at that point, but nobody seems to look ahead to the future.'”
Below the link to the article is a link to a copy of the permit Ecology granted. The permit includes numerous "conditions" that belie a history of poor management practices on the part of Bio Recycling. These "conditions" also expose how high risk the practice of dumping sewage sludge is that it requires such complex rules and conditions, further eroding the validity of Ecology's assertions that dumping sewage sludge on agricultural land is safe. It should be noted that Ecology is, in this permit, mainly concerned with one pollutant contaminant, nitrates, out of the hundreds of pollutant contaminants know to occur in sewage sludge (Ecology only monitors 10 contaminants-- nitrogen and nine heavy metals, which Protect Mill Canyon Watershed asserts is dangerously inadequate oversight).
With the issuance of this permit, defenders of a clean, safe environment need to redouble our efforts calling for a sludge moratorium and end sewage sludge dumping on ag land once and for all.
Protect Mill Canyon Watershed asks that you consider donating to our legal fund as we ready ourselves to battle the Department of Ecology in court if they continue to threaten us by allowing sewage sludge dumping in our watershed. You may donate here:
It seems you are talking about a state agency here, not the Fed. Department of the Environment.
The Fed has a new outlook due to the change in presidents and his mandates to free up many federal regulations to allow for economic growth, which will end up being a huge problem for the environment shortly.
At the state level, things are already out of control and the wishes of the wealthy are (and always have been) the guiding factors.
Perhaps it is time to vote out anyone that is an incumbent and put in a whole new group? if they don't toe the environmental line, vote them out again and again until you get the right folks in, then don't let them get comfortable in that office.
The biggest problem with government is when people get the idea that politics is a profession instead of something you do for a few years because you want to help your state or country.
This problem started at the end of the Civil War and has only gotten larger and larger as people kept putting the same people back into office in the name of seniority.
I care about the land. I believe we are supposed to be a steward to the land. I think it is time for us the people affected by these actions in our backyards to stand up together. You can't believe in any government agency to work for what you believe is right. It takes people actively acting together.
Just look at the fact that all of the presidents have connected bloodlines... it's not about voting, it's about people making the choice to act.
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