applications of sludge and energy recovery from sludge. We also understand EPA was ordered to study "methods to reclaim areas which have been used for the disposal of sludge or which have been damaged by sludge."
To date, EPA has refused to study or acknowledge any complaint, health or environmental, that could negatively impact its sludge disposal policy.
In fact, According to the Inspector General (IG) 2002, "EPA officials said investigating health impacts from biosolids is not an EPA responsibility; rather, they believe it is the responsibility of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and local health departments." The IG also said, "we explained in our prior
report, that office (Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA)) has disinvested from the biosolids program."
Recycling disease causing organisms such as E. coli and Salmonella from humans through the sewage treatment plants, where more virulent strains of exotic bacteria are created, to animals grown on pasture land and food crops and back to humans is not a sustainable practice as we are now seeing with all the foodborne outbreaks and the associated cost to the economy.
The undersigned would like to thank you for you efforts to protect the public in the past and look forward to your consideration of this petition gratefully.
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