BLUE RIDGE ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE LEAGUE
PO Box 44 ~
Saxapahaw, North Carolina 27340 ~ Phone
(336) 525-2003 ~ Email:
June 1, 2009
Community forum: 7 p.m.
Press briefing: 6 p.m.
Sue Dayton (336) 525-2003
Community forum to look
at risks of sewage sludge spreading on farmlands
The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League
(BREDL), and the Center for Health, and Environment and Justice
(CHEJ) will host a community forum concerning the risks to public
health and the environment from the spreading sewage sludge from
wastewater treatment plants on farmlands. The forum will
specifically focus on issues related to sewage sludge spreading
on farmlands in Orange, Alamance and Chatham Counties, NC.
The forum will take place on Thursday, June 4 from 7-9 p.m., at
the Cane Creek Baptist Church Activity Center, 6901 Orange Grove
Rd, Hillsborough, NC 27278. A press briefing will take place at
the Center at 6 p.m. where the speakers will discuss with members
of the media the risks associated with land application of sewage
sludge on public health and the environment.
Forum experts will include keynote speaker Stephen Lester,
Science Director for the Center for Health, Environment and
Justice, who will lead the discussion on how the practice of
spreading sewage sludge became a regulated, agricultural activity
under the EPA, and the risks of sewage sludge spreading on public
health and the environment.
Other speakers who will round out the discussion on the hazards
of sewage sludge spreading include:
Elaine Chiosso, Executive Director of the
Haw River Assembly, a non-profit organization founded in
1982 to restore the Haw River and to protect Jordan Lake.
Ms. Chiosso was recently appointed the Haw Riverkeeper,
and will speak on the impacts of sewage sludge runoff on
NC surface waters, groundwater and drinking water.
Ed Hallman, lead attorney with Decker,
Hallman, Barber & Briggs, will discuss the two
lawsuits he filed on behalf of the McElmurray and Boyce
family dairy farmers against the City of Augusta in the
wrongful deaths of the farmers dairy cattle and
loss of productive farmland as a result of sewage sludge
containing hazardous waste.
Myra Dotson, chair of the newly formed
BREDL chapter, Sewage Sludge Action Network,
will speak briefly about the groups mission to
increase public awareness of the potential risks to
health and the environment from sewage sludge, and
advocate for stricter laws that will protect consumers,
farmers and surface waters from contaminants in sewage
The forum is co-sponsored by the Haw River
Assembly, the Sewage Sludge Action Network, and the Carolina Farm
Stewardship Association. The forum is free and open to the
public. Both farmers who land apply sludge and those who dont
are encouraged to attend, as well as anyone who is interested in
healthy foods, sustainable farmlands, and clean water.
For more information contact Sue Dayton, Blue Ridge Environmental
Defense League, NC Healthy Communities, at (336) 525-2003 or email@example.com