Monday, July 11, 2016

Sludge exposes a stink

The saga of David Lewis and the EPA’s failure to protect the public is summarized in this 2008 article published in Nature:

Online: Raking through sludge exposes a stink

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The accompanying editorial chastises the EPA for its non-action:

Online: Stuck in the mud

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Learning from history (or not)

People are gullible. Why else would the PR industry be so successful. There are those of us who remember this campaign:


American farmers have been some of the most gullible of all. For over 20 years many have bought into the regulatory deception that “sludge is safe”. After all it’s “free fertilizer’, right? That would depend on the definition of ‘free” because while sludge is without monetary cost to the farmer there is the price of toxic contamination of the soil that will be around for a very l-o-n-g time. Sludge is turning farms into mini “Love Canals” with official Federal and State approval.

Just yesterday there was a story on the evening news about a General Mills recall of flour contaminated with E. coli. Is anybody reading this wondering if that wheat was grown on sludge?

If you have an interest . . . Toxic Sludge Is Good For You Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry by John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton from 1996 is the classic expose of how the American public has been hoodwinked by PR spin time and time again. You can read Chapter 8 - THE SLUDGE HITS THE FAN - here.