To the Editor,
In response to Mr. Kinsala’s letter to the editor on biosolids.
I apologize for upsetting you and your family. My intention has always been to inform so as to give the Ellis citizens and farmers enough information so they either go research it for themselves or understand that processed sewage sludge, not “biosolids,” are dangerous. Any Class.
As I said in my Letter Nov. 25: “During the 2013 Midlothian Stake Holders meeting, you may have heard a farmer exclaim, “no one has died from biosolids.”
Death from “biosolids” comes in the form of chronic diseases, such as cancer. A very slow and painful death for the victim and their family. Chemicals are a major contributor to those chronic diseases in food and water.
Recently I have been trying to get an answer to the following question from the EPA, TCEQ, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and the National Academy of Science with no luck (I have extensive email exchanges, some of which are on http://www.stopsewagedumpsellis.com/ ) and have found the TCEQ and EPA to be very evasive and protective about it.
1. Question: Is the EPA and state environmental agencies though CFR 40-part 503 allowing chemicals of unknown amounts, concentrations and degree of hazard onto farms, ranches and forests without the consent or knowledge of said, labeled as Class A, Class AB(Texas), and Class B bio-solids.
Why do you suppose they will not answer? Could it be because farmers just might think twice about accepting municipal hazardous waste or believing them ever again? I am not talking about “eating some white bread, breathing some passive tobacco smoke, drinking city water although if you research city water you will find pharmaceuticals and the chemicals I am speaking about in tap water. Google “chemical in tap water.” Google “pharmaceuticals in tap water” and think about it as you watch pharmaceutical commercials especially the full disclosure part at the end. Now consider it is not just that one pill but all of them combined in your “biosolids.”.You call it “common sense.”
I encourage you to read the EPA’s Office of Inspector General’s Report No. 14-P-0363 and the others I put summaries of on the web and you just might understand. I apologize for the over data on the web. It is difficult to put all the information out there on one page and I can lead you to the water, I cannot make you drink.
I am sure you are “confident” but for the sake of your grandchildren, children and their immune system are you absolutely sure? Would YOU take the responsibility for staking their lives on it because you are?
Common sense dictates at least caution for the sake of your family.
Lastly: Sewage is such a complex and unpredictable mixture of pathogens and chemical compounds from industrial, hospital, storm and households that even if all the constituents were known, it would still be impossible to reliably assess the health risks.
Beware: Let me caution everyone about what you are calling odor or smell. It is an emission. You NEED to be concerned about the odor/smell being emitted from sewage. Odor means that the material has destabilized and is still putrefying, emitting endotoxins and other harmful bio-aerosols and pathogens.
That is why Ms. Garcia’s family has experienced sickness and not only her family but thousands of others all over this county.