Joel Bleifuss is the editor of In These Times, where he has worked as an investigative reporter, columnist and editor
since 1986. Bleifuss has had more stories on Project Censored’s annual list of the “10 Most Censored Stories” than
any other journalist.

Joel is one of the first journalist to report on the dangers of sludge disposal as a fertilizer. We have links to some of
the articles as well as including some with close association.

EPA on Trial
Monday 14 July 2008
by: Joel Bleifuss,

Former EPA head Christine Todd Whitman interrupted investigations into her agency's endorsement of sewage
sludge as fertilizer, according to the former chief investigator of the EPA's National Ombudsman Office.

As the chief investigator for the EPA's National Ombudsman Office, Kaufman had a bird's eye view of how the public
health and safety were routinely subordinated to corporate interests.

For more than six years, Hugh Kaufman has been battling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), his employer
for 37 years, with a whistleblower lawsuit. He has been aided by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility
(PEER), a D.C.-based group that represents workers who expose corruption in agencies that oversee environmental
quality and public health.

Piling it High
The sewage sludge industry meets the light of day
May 21, 2008
By Joel Bleifuss

Nancy Holt, a retired nurse from Mebane, N.C., is beset by mysterious neurological problems. She blames the cause
of her illness on the multiple unknown toxicities of the sewage sludge that has been spread since 1991 on the fields
across from her house as “fertilizer.”

Global Warming: Dim Bulbs, Bright Lights
By Joel Bleifuss
April 13, 2007

People who want to save the Earth from the ravages of global warming face a perennial problem: How do they
translate their concerns into actions that will create real change?

One barrier standing in the way of meaningful action is fuzzy-headed thinking on the part of those truly concerned
about global warming. So worried are these activists, that their solution to the climate change problem is to marshal
legions of Americans to change light bulbs, buy a Prius, or do any other number of helpful, but, in the big picture, not
too significant feel-good actions.

Thirty More Years
By Joel Bleifuss
February 6, 2007
Back in 1976, when James Weinstein decided to move to Chicago to start In These Times, his inspiration was Appeal
to Reason, a socialist weekly published out of Girard, Kansas, between 1895 and 1922. At its peak in 1912, the paper
had 761,000 subscribers—including 38,000 in Oklahoma. When the Post Office banned its special issues, which had
print runs in the millions, subscribers around the country, “the Appeal army,” circulated it by hand.

Appeal to Reason was founded at a time when American society confronted both the effects of the industrial
revolution and the emergence of corporations as dominant players in national politics. In American cities the majority
of citizens had little control over their own lives. The places they lived were unsanitary, the food they ate unsafe, the
conditions of their work horrendous and their pay meager. Children were exploited for their labor. Women lacked the
right to vote. Blacks, Chinese Americans and Indians suffered institutionalized racism and discrimination.

The E. coli Free Market
The E. Coli outbreak is caused by the deregulation and mass production of food by corporate
agriculture’s economies of scale.
November 23, 2006
By Joel Bleifuss
Since the advent of giant industrial enterprises in the late 19th century, corporate capitalism in the United States has
been defined by its use of economies of scale to increase profits—profits further enhanced by the die-off of those
businesses unable to compete.

Their Patents or Your Life
By Joel Bleifuss
December 3, 2005
Have you heard about that bird flu? The threatened pandemic, should it occur, will kill in a worst-case scenario 150
million people, including 7 million Americans. The resulting mountain of skulls would dwarf those piled up in all the
wars of the 20th Century.

Yes, it’s scary stuff. People who research the virus say the question is when, not if, the pandemic will occur. And
former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson describes the avian flu as “a really huge bomb.” The
flu kills about 50 percent of the people it infects by attacking the lungs and causing hemorrhage. Healthy young
people, those with the strongest immune systems, are most at risk.

The Sludge Report
The First Stone
By Joel Bleifuss
April 12, 2002

Sewage sludge, the toxic byproduct of the nation’s sewage treatment facilities, continues to be spread across the
American countryside as an EPA-defined form of fertilizer.

I first wrote about this pernicious form of land-based dumping in 1995. Since then a few things have changed on the
sludge front. The Merriam-Webster dictionary now contains “biosolids,” the EPA and the waste treatment industry
having convinced the editors that this was an actual word and not a PR firm’s attempt to linguistically detoxify “sludge.”