Take a look at the Canada Water Network -
an organization with substantial funding (see Partners section) from various Sewer
Sludge Industry players (Sylvis, N-Viro etc). This organization uses its money to
fund research in Universities on "biosolids" ... now I ask you ... would you expect
research on the safety of tobacco, funded by Big Tobacco Companies to be accurate,
objective and uncompromised? No you would not! So here too - we can have no faith
in outcomes from these institutions and scientists who are NOT arm's length from
the industry. THEY HAVE A VESTED INTEREST !! FOLLOW THE MONEY.
The recent letter, written in defense of using sewer sludge on farmland is written
by scientists who receive funding by the Canada Water Network. The letter that
came out originally, questioning the folly of land dispersal of sludge, was written
by 4 scientists with NO connection to the industry. Now, which would you be inclined
Dr. Sibley begins his letter with this great insight: we all produce poop so we
need to take responsibility for it. True, but not the point. So-called "biosolids"
are not just poop - it is a concentrated residual of everything cities pour down
their drains and sewers - all kinds of toxins.
Indeed, the EPA (from which Canada took its lead when making its rules around using
sludge on land) allows sludge that is up to 99% industrial waste to be called "biosolids"
as it still contains 1% human waste. Does Sibley think spreading this toxic residual
thinly throughout the environment, where it can enter the food-chain, is taking
responsibility for it? Why on earth would we put these toxins back into the environment
after we just worked so hard to get them out of? Folly indeed.
There are greener methods of using this "resource" - gasification / pyrolysis will
rid us of the toxic burden and provide energy to the grid. Let's get on the right
side of history like other enlightened countries have, and provide a cleaner, safer
environment for the next generation. Spreading contaminants throughout the countryside
is not taking responsibility for our cities' pollution, it is merely shoving the
problem onto the rural population.
Yours, Don Vincent