EPA SLUDGE LIES DOCUMENTED
by Jim Bynum
It is somewhat amazing that EPA would publish totally misleading information on its website. Lying to the public and
politicians is not unusual, but putting lies in writing for reporters is highly unusual. The first lie is that Biosolids is not a
fertilizer made from domestic septage and sewage sludge, it is sewage sludge. Click on highlighted areas for facts.
Fertilizers Made From Domestic Septage and Sewage Sludge (Biosolids) (EPA website)
Biosolids are the treated residuals from wastewater treatment that can be used beneficially. Wastewater residuals
(formerly sewage sludge) would not be known as biosolids unless they have been treated so that they can be beneficially
Years of research and practice have repeatedly demonstrated that biosolids recycling is safe and the food crops grown on
land fertilized with biosolids are safe to eat. The long-term practice of recycling biosolids has been subjected to more than
30 years of intensive careful study. As a result of research and practice showing the safety of biosolids recycling, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and EPA issued a joint policy statement in 1981 that
endorsed the use of biosolids on land for producing fruits and vegetables. Then, in 1984, EPA issued a policy statement in
the Federal Register that encouraged and endorsed the recycling of biosolids. And again in 1991, EPA was a co-endorser of
an Interagency Policy placed in the Federal Register regarding the benefits of using biosolids.
The Federal rule that governs the use of biosolids today is based on comprehensive science-based risk assessments and
many rounds of extensive review. Additional confirmation of the validity of the Federal biosolids rule and the Federal
policy that promotes the beneficial recycling of biosolids is the careful 3-year review by the prestigious National Research
Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Sciences which took place after the promulgation of the rule. The NRC
concluded in their 1996 report that the use of biosolids in accordance with existing Federal guidelines and regulations
presents negligible risk to the consumer, to crop production, and to the environment.
EPA offers guidance and technical assistance for the beneficial recycling of biosolids as soil amendments and fertilizer.
The use of these valuable materials can enhance water quality, pollution prevention, and sustainable agriculture.
Sewage sludge that is used in agriculture is regulated under the Clean Water Act, and is currently subject to
concentration limits for the metals arsenic, cadmium, copper, lead, mercury, molybdenum, nickel, selenium, and zinc.