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posted on 02/04/2004 5:55:24 PM PST
( Isaiah 55:10,11)
this is an issue where i live. The problem is Bactria and heavy metals. Officials claim sludge, the end result of sewage treatment plants, are perfectly safe and that sunlight will kill any bacteria..heh of course heavy metals are a bigger problem that gets glossed over for the sake of money. Areas that accept this get paid for it and what politician isn't willing to overlook a slow poison like arsenic for more money in the treasury.
Actually this is old news just repeated by another reporter. I've looked into this when I saw a similar article on it sometime last year. In fact, the article looks almost exactly like the earlier one.
Lewis has been vocally criticizing the EPA for quite some time, and I recall seeing he even has a website complete with lots of details and supporting documentation about his allegations against the EPA.
While I do have many concerns about shoddy science and sometimes blatant junk science performed by the EPA, ie the shoddy 1993 report classifying tobacco smoke as a class A carcinogen, and I don't doubt Dr Lewis' allegations over increased risks associated with sludge, I do wonder if some of this isn't overblown. The reason being is that I once worked for a number of years as a "honey-dipper", those folks who clean out septic tanks, and I've also worked around sod farms which used such sludge for fertilizers. I don't recall anyone being excessively prone to sickness or any untimely deaths of people I've worked with in the industry.
posted on 02/04/2004 8:46:22 PM PST
("Man's capacity for self-deception is unlimited." --George H Tausch)
posted on 02/05/2004 3:06:45 AM PST
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