Press Conference Sept. 6, 2017 – Announcement of the call for a biosolids moratorium

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Deanne Burdine addresses the gathering.

“Protect Mill Canyon Watershed,” a citizen committee from Davenport, WA opposed to dumping of sewage sludge on agricultural land, held a press conference on Sept. 6, 2017 at which we called for a statewide moratorium on pending and future permits to spread sewage sludge on agricultural lands. The Washington State Department of Ecology is the agency that issues the permits. The committee today launches a grassroots letter-writing campaign we hope will generate hundreds of email messages to Washington State Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon and Washington State Governor Jay Inslee requesting a moratorium on any further “biosolids” permit approvals until a thorough review of the science is completed and the findings incorporated into re-worked regulations pertaining to sewage sludge disposal and land application in the state.

The press conference featured seven speakers.

We recorded the press conference. It’s a raw, field recording, but it captures our message and our passion.

Speakers are, in order:

Morton Alexander, retired state employee, peace and labor activist. He has water rights to the spring where everyone goes to get their drinking water;


Ernest Barrett, a luthier and musician, lives with his family in the canyon at Tolstoy Farm;


Deanne Burdine, lives in the Canyon, gardens with and drinks its spring water;


Tom Soeldner, Representing the Sierra Club’s Upper Columbia River Group;


Earthchild Marie, Long time Tolstoy Farm resident;


Timothy Pellow, Organic farmer with Tolstoy Farms;


Chrys Ostrander, lived and farmed at Tolstoy in Mill Canyon for 20 years.

Tom Soeldner, representing the Sierra Club’s Upper Columbia River Group.
For the children.
Timothy Pellow, organic farmer with Tolstoy Farms.
Ernest Barrett speaking.
Morton Alexander, long-time Tolstoy Farm/Mill Canyon resident and landowner, retired state employee, peace and labor activist. He has water rights to the spring where everyone goes to get their drinking water. Morton is happiest when engaging in political theater of one kind or another. Here, he poses with his sludge turd. Yes, that’s corn. Certified organic corn.