Email the Governor and the Director of Ecology: Impose a Moratorium on Sewage Sludge Disposal on Agricultural Lands Now!

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More details about our specific objections to spreading sewage sludge on agricultural lands can be found HERE.

Dear Ms. Bellon and Gov. Inslee,

You must immediately impose a state-wide emergency moratorium on approving all pending permits for land application of sewage sludge.

Residents who live in an area near Davenport, Washington called Mill Canyon feel threatened by a proposal to spread municipal sewage sludge (aka “biosolids”) on nearly 900 acres of nearby agricultural land uphill from where they live, garden and farm. The area in question includes their natural watershed.

Hundreds of industrial, pharmaceutical and organic pollutant contaminants are known to be present in sewage sludge but are completely ignored by Department of Ecology biosolids regulations. The Department routinely approves sewage sludge for land application based on just two pathogen indicators and whether concentrations of only nine metals (Arsenic, Cadmium, Copper, Lead, Mercury, Molybdenum, Nickel, Selenium and Zinc) are within its arbitrarily-set parameters for those metals. With respect to what is known to contaminate sewage sludge, this degree of oversight is inadequate to assure safety.

Current regulations allow permit holders to repeatedly apply biosolids (sewage sludge) to agricultural lands with no regard to accumulations of pollutants beyond the nine metals.

Numerous irregularities, omissions and incomplete responses are present in the permit application for land application of sewage sludge near Mill Canyon (Site Specific Land Application Plan for Rosman Farms Unit, a Component of Fire Mountain Farms, Inc. Application for Coverage Under the General Permit for Biosolids Management, Permit No. BT9902) which call into question Department of Ecology’s capacity and desire to adequately administer the entire state sludge program in fulfillment of its mission to “protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment for current and future generations.”

Therefore, not only do I ask that the permit application to apply sewage sludge near Mill Canyon be denied, I am also calling on you, Washington State Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon and Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, to immediately impose a state-wide emergency moratorium on approving all pending permits for land application of sewage sludge until a thorough review of the science is completed and the findings incorporated into re-worked regulations pertaining to sewage sludge disposal in Washington state.

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Impose an immediate moratorium on approval of permits for biosolids disposal on agricultural lands

Dear Ms. Bellon and Gov. Inslee,

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