Groups Fighting Sludge
Is reclaimed water and biosolids (sewage) reuse stupidity or crude population control?
I think the Pennsylvania DEP answers that question with all the permits they have issued to
deliberately expose the public to drug resistant disease organisms and toxic chemicals in the name
of beneficial use. Now we can understand all the lies DEP put out about the deaths of Tony Behun
and Daniel Pennock after they were exposed to sludge! How many more have died without their
deaths being connected to beneficial use of sludge?
DEP knows there was no EPA risk assessment. DEP knows their is a long list of cancer causing
agents in sludge. DEP knows there is a long list of disease organisms in sludge that EPA forgot to
say just how much they could harm public health. DEP knows there is an even longer list of
bacteria and viruses that were not included in the EPA disease organism list. DEP knows
composting sludge for beneficial use does not destroy disease organisms or toxic chemicals.
Pennsylvania is not alone. Virtually every state either allows this deadly attempt at population
control or in the case of Virginia, mandates it and counties can not even question the state's
decision or attempt to protect their citizens.
Comments by Pennsylvania watcher
i have just received this email because i am working on comments for a general permit on composting that
involves a lot of awful things -
i am overwhelmed by what is going on here and i was wondering if you know if it is happening in other
states. these are permits to allow what is listed. no wonder everyone is sick. it is way beyond sludge. i do
not know if other states have general permits which cut out public discussion and involvement and pre
empt local government and if you are familiar with beneficial use - total b.s. of course.
i have been looking into disposal of sluaghter house waste and rendering - o my god. also changing sludge
and animal body parts into oil so we don't have to import any - there is a permit here for that.
i think there is a tie in to the need for "soil" to remediate brownfields. the other side is way ahead of us.
do write me back with your reactions to this list. thanks
I just found this on DEP's website and am flabbergasted at what is already being accepted in general
permits for soil amendments.
Check out what wmg026 can contain if it's a soil amendment. Look at the other permits also.
For Complete List of Municipal Waste Beneficial Use General Permits-click here
General Permits Issued for Soil Amendments
PERMIT # DESCRIPTION
WMGM009 (pdf) Processing prior to beneficial use of municipal sewage sludge, including raw primary and
sludge mixtures and digested primary sludge for use as commercial grade fertilizer.
WMGM011 (pdf) Beneficial use of processed construction waste to produce mulch as a soil additive and an
in concrete or asphalt mixtures for construction purposes
WMGM015 (pdf) Processing and beneficial use of wood and timber waste (i.e., tree stumps, limbs, clean
untreated and unpainted wood and pallets) and the leaf and yard waste as mulch and compost to
compliment the mulch
WMGM016 (pdf) Processing and beneficial use of trees, tree stumps, limbs, clean pallets, untreated and
unpainted scrap lumber, packing crates and brush.
WMGM017 (pdf) Processing and beneficial use of compost of manure, yard waste, source separated food
scraps from food markets, grocery stores, food banks, food distribution centers, school cafeterias and
source-separated newspaper, and source-separated corrugated paper (cardboard) as soil substitute, soil
fertilizer, mulch or soil amendment.
WMGM019 (pdf) Processing and beneficial use of concrete, asphalt, hardwood timber as mulch and
as construction material, and topsoil for commercial purposes.
WMGM023 (pdf) On site processing and beneficial use of gypsum board from new home construction as an
WMGM025 (pdf) Onsite processing and beneficial use of unpainted and untreated wood waste, gypsum
block and concrete waste from new residential and commercial construction for use as (1) mulch for
landscaping purposes, (2) soil erosion control, and/or (3) temporary walkway material at new residential
home or commercial building
construction sites or distributed to wholesale outlets.
Beneficial use of sewage sludge incinerator ash as an ingredient or a component in the production of a
quality topsoil or compost material.
1. wood waste (clean and uncontaminated land clearing, grubbing and excavation waste, yard waste, and
and municipal wood scrap) to produce mulch for landscaping purposes,
2. leaf and yard waste, food processing residuals, and spent mushroom substrate (SMS) to produce
3. organic, non-organic residuals with a BTU value of at least 5000 BTU/lb for use as alternative fuels,
4. compost, drinking water treatment plant sludge, waste gypsum, foundry sand and SMS with non-waste
soils to produce topsoil for landscaping purposes, and
5. clean, uncontaminated rock, stone, gravel, brick, block, concrete and used asphalt) for use as a
material at the processing facility only.
Composting yard waste facilities between 5 and 15 acres.
WMGR017 (pdf) Beneficial use of drinking water plant treatment sludge for use as a soil additive on
WMGR025 (pdf) Compost of agricultural, paper and untreated wood as soil substitute or additive. Proposed
WMGR025 - Draft (pdf)
WMGR028 (pdf) "Hot-mix" asphalt plant residues consisting of baghouse fines and scrubber pond
precipitates as a soil
additive or soil amendment.
WMGR045 (pdf) Processing of paper and pulp mill sludge, coal ash, and tannery sludge for use as a
WMGR046 (pdf) Processing and beneficial use of drinking water treatment sludges, yard waste, bark ash,
agricultural residues, waste cardboard and paper, sludge generated by paper of pulp mills, waste from
processing, unused sands and spent mushroom substrate use as manufactured soil or soil amendments.
WMGR047 (pdf) Beneficial use of the residual waste generated from the extraction of stainless steel from
stainless steel slag for use as an agricultural liming agent.
Processing prior to beneficial use of food processing and agricultural waste, solid and liquid rendering
animal parts, animal feed waste, potato and grain mill processing waste, and materials used to pack the
(cardboard and polyethylene sewage sludge, mixed plastics, waste tires, and pre-sorted municipal waste)
mushroom substrate for use as fuel, fuel feedstock or as an ingredient in fertilizer.
WMGR069 (pdf) Beneficial use of wastewater treatment sludge generated from meat processing operations
as top dressing or soil conditioner on agricultural lands.
WMGR074 (pdf) Processing prior to beneficial use of biosolids, water treatment plant sludge, paper pulp
sludge and lime neutralized industrial water sludge to be blended with thermally treated soil as
WMGR083 (pdf) Processing and beneficial use of dewatered dredge as a roadway construction material;
soil amendment; landscaping soil; higher-grade topsoil; lightweight aggregate in concrete; stream bank
stabilization or scour protection; and a cover, cap, or other component of a remediation or closure project.
WMGR084 (pdf) Beneficial use of wastewater treatment sludge from the production of Formaldehyde,
Trimethyloethane (TME), Dimethyloproprionic acid (DMPA), and Calcium Formate as a soil additive for
agricultural utilization and land
reclamation, and as an ingredient to produce other soil additives.
WMGR086 (pdf) Beneficial use of wastewater treatment sludge generated from leather production as a soil
conditioner for land application on agricultural lands and mine sites.
WMGR088 (pdf) Beneficial use of drinking water treatment plant sludge for use as a soil additive on
WMGR089 (pdf) Beneficial use of lime kiln dust as a soil amendment, for stabilization/solidification of soils
sludges, treatment of acid mine drainage, alkaline activator in cements, grouts in mine reclamation, for
roadway subbase, stabilization and conditioning, as filler in agricultural and construction products, and as
in nonresidential projects.
WMGR098 (pdf) Processing and beneficial use of foundry sand and sand system dust generated by ferrous
foundries and steel for use as construction material, or as soil additive or soil amendment.
WMGR099 (pdf) Processing and beneficial use of the combined domestic sewage and industrial wastewater
treatment sludge for agricultural utilization and mine reclamation by land application as a soil conditioner
or an effective fertilizer.
WMGR100 (pdf) Transfer and/or composting of spent mushroom substrate (SMS), a residual waste, prior to
its beneficial use, through construction and operation of storage and composting facilities, and where
applicable, the management of resulting wastewater through construction and operation of wastewater
storage and land application.
Beneficial use of chocolate confectionary residuals and cocoa bean shells as ingredients in fertilizer and
incorporation into mushroom soil and cocoa bean shells as mulch.
Beneficial use of: (a) residential septage, (b) food processing residuals and (c) restaurant grease trap
hereinafter referred to as ³blended waste² materials, as a soil conditioner or a fertilizer for agricultural
The blended waste shall be treated to non-exceptional quality biosolid values.