Sewer Sludge being disposed of in Cabarrus County

http://vimeo.com/24854061

Below you will find more documentation regarding this issue.

Permit Number WQ0000057

Major Permit Modification to add 1500 acres to the current Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities Dept. (CMUD) sewage residuals land application program/permit

Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities is no longer disposing of solid waste from their wastewater treatment plants (a.k.a. sludge, biosolids, compost, etc) in South Carolina, therefore CMUD and the NC Dept. of the Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) is expanding their wastewater treatment plant residuals land application program to include more of Cabarrus, Rowan, Iredell, etc. counties. These “biosolids” are considered class B, which means that only 8 chemicals are monitored for safety and must be permitted for disposal. Live bacteria such as e.coli are ever-present due to the lack of treatment with combustion as is done in Cabarrus County. This material is a mix of effluent from homes, industries, hospitals, funeral homes and other businesses dealing with human pathogens and harmful chemicals.

As we all know, Charlotte experiences incidents where PCBs and other toxins are released to the wastewater system. These harmful, cancer-causing agents are processed out and remain in the sludge, this sludge is then composted and land applied. Things like lime and enzymes are added to the mixture to cut down on the odor in order to make it tolerable for citizens in the communities where spreading occurs and to counteract the acidity of the sewage solids. However things like PCBs, many heavy metals, industrial chemicals, pathogens, viruses and other harmful chemicals that are produced in urban areas go untested and thus, unobserved since they do not give off the odors of human waste. Note that previous to the recent land application ban in South Carolina, Chester County, SC was accepting much of Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities Department sludge and also has one of the highest cancer rates in the state.

CMUD has engaged with a company named Synagro, who offers this mixture of sewage sludge, enzymes and lime to farmers and spreads the material on crop or forage land for free. Some of the harmful chemicals are taken up by the plants and consumed by the livestock, which are sold at market, while some chemicals and e. coli bacteria go through the ground and end up in the surrounding well water, while some chemicals get eroded during rain events and end up in our creeks, streams, rivers and wildlife. As you can see, buying/eating local may not be as healthy as once perceived with the addition of this material in the area, even wildlife consumption will become questionable as well.

So, why not question the safety of these “biosolids” to the officials listed below?

  • Given the recent contamination events in Charlotte with PCBs and other toxins, why aren’t these residuals tested rigorously and thoroughly to protect the citizens in other counties where the material is spread?
  • If this material is so safe, why doesn’t Charlotte-Mecklenburg County use it on its sports fields, golf courses, municipal areas, recreational areas and citizen’s lawns?
  • If this material is so safe, why isn’t it shipped to South Carolina anymore?
  • If this material is so safe, why does it require permitting and regulations regarding their distribution?
  • If this material is so safe, why is Charlotte trucking it all the way to Gold Hill to dispose of it?
  • If this material is so safe, why are there so many horror stories and advocacy groups against it?
  • Why can’t Charlotte treat their wastewater residuals the way that Cabarrus County does, with a waste incinerator (Class A), instead of land applying class B sludge in Cabarrus County?

Contacts for questions on hearings, objections to permit expansion:

Mr. Tim Wool
U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, Region 4
(404) 562-9260
wool.tim@epa.gov

NC Dept. of the Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) Contacts:

Jon Risgaard, Unit Supervisor- 919-807-6458

Jaime Kritzer, Public Information Officer

NC Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources

1601 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-160

jamie.kritzer@ncdenr.gov

The rest of the DENR Staff-

http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/wq/aps/lau/staff

CMUD Contacts:

Jean Creech, Biosolids Program Manager

704-301-4042

Jackie Jarrel, CMUD Treatment Plant Manger

704-336-4460

NC House of Representatives for Cabarrus County:

Larry G. Pittman (R) 704-782-3528

larry.pitman@ncleg.net

NC House of Representatives

16 West Jones Street , Room 1321

Raleigh, NC 27601-1096

http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/members/membersByDistrict.pl?sChamber=H&nDistrict=82

Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners:

http://www.cabarruscounty.us/government/departments/commissioners/Pages/default.aspx

Elizabeth “Liz” Poole- 704-782-4723 efpoole@cabarruscounty.us

Larry Burrage- 704-792-7744, lmburrage@carbarruscounty.us

Christopher Measmer- 704-783-5880 cameasmer@cabarruscounty.us

Stephen “Steve” Morris- 704-932-5126

smmorris@cabarruscounty.us

Jason Oesterreich- 704-794-6655 jasono@cabarruscounty.us

County Attorney:

Richard Koch- 704-503-5700

Informative Websites:

Wikipedia- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sludge

Video with testimony from NC residents/farmers

http://vimeo.com/24854061

Video on biosolids advertising

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHsIjMPP2M8

Story of SC farmer currently embattled with Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities and Synagro

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1RnjapVQKx5woFkk8rT5-0leYYcasuPPYMkRj6O3UWQk/edit

Winthrop University Article on Sludge

http://www.mytjnow.com/toxic-waste-to-affect-winthrop-community/

Sewage Sludge Action Network

http://www.sewagesludgeactionnetwork.com/

Cornell University Report

http://cwmi.css.cornell.edu/sewagesludge.htm#health_safety

EPA Overview

http://water.epa.gov/scitech/wastetech/biosolids/tnsss-overview.cfm

here is a link to the current and proposed spreading locations, zoom in to find the 4 digit number boxes, those are newly applied permits application areas

https://www.google.com/fusiontables/DataSource?docid=101XRA_q4R_6PBCQ8jTX-TbWsdiAE_0C_sX6WdSk#map:id=3

Dangers of trucking sludge

http://myfox8.com/2014/06/03/truck-carrying-human-waste-overturns-near-carowinds/

Impacts at High Rock Lake

http://www.nclm.org/programs-services/publications/EcoLINC/2012/Pages/default.aspx?issue=2#8

Impact of sewage sludge spreading on wildlife/hunting

http://farmprogress.com/story-pennsylvania-deer-still-cwd-clean-disease-lurks-near-borders-9-61398

http://garychandler.com/chronic-wasting-disease-ravaging-wisconsin-deer/

http://garychandler.com/chronic-wasting-diseases-spreads-to-iowas-wild-deer/

http://dining.savannahnow.com/ronald-e-mccall/2007-09-26/chronic-wasting-disease-cwd-continues-spread

from http://www.vdh.state.va.us/epidemiology/dee/documents/biosolids.pdf :“and at least one Class A product has been touted as a deer repellant in the popular press.”

http://garychandler.com/deer-disease-similar-to-alzheimers-epidemic/

From food modernization act of 2013 (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-16/html/2013-00123.htm):

Proposed Sec. 112.53 would prohibit the use of human waste for growing covered produce, except sewage sludge biosolids used inaccordance with the requirements of 40 CFR Part 503, subpart D, or equivalent regulatory requirements. Human waste has a high probability of containing multiple diverse human pathogens, including bacteria, parasites and viruses, at potentially very large populations, thus presenting a significant likelihood of harboring and spreading these various microbiological hazards (Ref. 92).”

http://www.co.campbell.va.us/biosolids/Documents/biosolidtranscript.pdf

Support and Defend the Constitution

We just received the following notification about an event sponsored by our friends in Rowan County and would like to encourage everyone who can to support and participate in this event. It takes a lot to bring this caliber of speaker in for an event, so please help with the most generous donation amount you can afford.

Rowan county Oath Keepers rally

We are hosting a “SUPPORT AND DEFEND” rally in Rowan County, North Carolina.

Military members ( both active and veterans), police officers and others who have sworn to protect the Constitution will be participating in a reaffirmation ceremony.

The Date: 29 March 2015

Kriss Ann Hall ( http://krisannehall.com/) will be participating. We are trying to get Sheriff Mack ( http://cspoa.org/) and Wild Bill for America ( http://www.wildbillforamerica.com/) to also participate with us.

The funds we raise will help defer the travel and lodging of our special guest. We will also have a patriotic band and other items that we will need to help cover.

We would love to have you join us.

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Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of current and formerly serving military, police, and first responders who pledge to fulfill the oath all military and police take to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

The oath, mandated by Article VI of the Constitution itself, is to the Constitution, not to the politicians. Oath Keepers declare they will not obey unconstitutional orders, such as orders to disarm the American people, to conduct warrantless searches, or to detain Americans as “enemy combatants” in violation of their ancient right to jury trial. See the Oath Keepers Declaration of Orders We Will Not Obey for details.

Oath Keepers reaches out to both current serving and veterans to remind them of their oaths, to teach them more about the Constitution they swore to defend, and to inspire them to defend it.

Our motto is “Not on our watch!”

* First responders includes fire-fighters, search and rescue, EMTs, disaster relief, and similar emergency personnel. While not all such personnel take an oath to the Constitution, many do, and all are a critical audience for our mission.

Here is the direct link to their donation page: http://www.gofundme.com/support-amp-defend

 

Who is Earl Schecter?

 

 

Schecter and Hillary Who is Earl Schecter?

Why in the world would someone like Earle Schecter be seeking election as our North Carolina State House Representative? The people of the 82nd district would receive better representation if they elected a Martian to public office. At least, theoretically, a Martian would have studied our local culture and learned about our way of life in an attempt to appear as “one of us.” Earle Schecter is not just an outsider to our way of life in North Carolina, he is literally opposed to all the ideals and values that have made our state the kind of place that attracts someone to relocate from the liberal shambles of a New York City. And then instead of embracing our success, he would obstinately try to change us; leading to inevitable catastrophic consequences.

Earle Schecter has no public record of serving in office and he is trying very hard to keep his ultra-liberal leanings under wraps by giving broad, vague, and generic politically-correct answers to interview questions. However, a Google search on his background reveals the hardcore progressive underneath the thin “moderate” veneer. A quick look at his official Facebook page shows the obvious connections between Schecter’s personal views and the disastrous votes this “friend of Hillary” would cast in Raleigh. Information gleaned from sites such as The North Carolina voter guide at “I Side With” reveals the following about Schecter’s true political objectives:

  • He is hand-in-hand with Big Labor and extreme activist groups such as SEIU. In fact, his degree from New York State University is actually in Labor Studies.
  • He does not believe in the Second Amendment and would seek to pass more ineffectual “gun control” laws that would infringe upon our personal rights.
  • He is an ardent advocate of abortion on demand.
  • He is a cheerleader for Obamacare – and would zealously work toward a single payer system.
  • He is in favor of unsustainable fiscally irresponsible policies such as government bailouts to Big Banks and private industries.
  • He is a great supporter of full amnesty to illegals – along with handing out goodie bags of government welfare “freebies.”
  • He actually states that to remove the debacle of Common Core from the classroom would be a violation of the “civil rights” of our children!

Earle Schecter obviously does not champion North Carolina values. It is obvious his political priorities are NOT what is best for Cabarrus County. And it is obvious that he does not have the personal best interests of his intended constituents at heart. Earle Schecter is literally a New York City transplant that wants our vote NOT so that he can represent us, but, rather, so that he can inflict his progressive ideology on us. It is inconceivable that a candidate like Earle Schecter would even seek such a local office as our Representative, much less actually receive the vote of a bonafide citizen of Cabarrus County.