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[GreenYes] www.ewg.org Biosolids Safety issues




Dumping Sewage Sludge On Organic Farms?
Why USDA Should Just Say No
April 30, 1998
Download _Sludge Policy Memo_
(http://www.ewg.org/reports/sludgememo/sludge.pdf) in _Adobe Acrobat_ (http://www.adobe.com/) Format
Overview
In December, 1997, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposed draft
national standards for organic agriculture. As part of this proposal, the
department invited the public to comment on the idea of allowing application of
municipal sewage sludge on land used to grow organic foods.1 The
Environmental Protection Agency's top sludge regulator urged the department to allow
"high quality biosolids" (i.e., sewage sludge) to be used in organic food



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