LETTER: Sludge poses threat to neighbourhoods

The proposed Greater Victoria wastewater treatment project would like to route the residual solids conveyance line (aka sewage sludge) through residential neighbourhoods.

The big question is: “What would happen when that pressure pipe fails to effectively contain the sewage sludge being transported?”

Sewage sludge: “What is not removed by treatment or partitioned into the wastewater is found in sewage sludge. Sewage sludge is a heterogeneous mix of hazardous materials. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Targeted Sewage Sludge Survey (2009) detected “high concentrations of toxic contaminants in sewage sludge,” specifically of “toxic contaminants with heavy metals, steroids and pharmaceuticals, including the antibacterials, triclocarban and triclosan…antibiotics, disinfectants, antimicrobials, steroids, endocrine disrupting chemicals and other anthropogenic drugs.” (http://www.sludgenews.org/about/)

Would You Like A Bit of Heavy Metal With That? (http://my.firedoglake.com/tobywollin/2011/04/12/would-you-like-a-bit-of-heavy-metal-with-that/ )Coming soon to a neighbourhood near you.



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