Sludgewatch - Rural Madison
There are increasing reports of human health and environmental problems linked to land applications of municipal sewage sludge. Fifteen years ago internationally renowned soil scientists at the Cornell Waste Management Institute warned that the current regulations that govern sewage sludge applications "do not protect human health, agricultural productivity, or the environment." New scientific studies confirm this, but despite growing public concern, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has not changed its current policy of promoting widespread land application of treated sewage sludge, putting our soils, surface water, groundwater, drinking water, crops, wildlife and human health at risk.