Sewage sludge, holding tanks, septic tanks, and diary manure

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Posted by NickD ( on March 22, 2000 at 19:01:54:

PBS had a program on this today, seems like many states do not have any regulations requiring proper disposal, and several former tank truck drivers called in from Wisconsin to fill the public in on the practice, some farmers get paid quite a bit to let them dump on marginal farm land, and they dump up to 500 tons per acre, if they can get into a field, they are instucted to dump the stuff anyway, rivers, streams, gravel pits, even along the side of a country road, the main concern of this program was contamination of ground water, this stuff is untreated and contains whatever pollutants that happen to flow into the sewer lines, many said they where they dumped killed all plant life, animals, and fish. Just a little was mentioned about airborne pollution, but they did not mention the actual chemicals that can cause respritory diseases and CH's, our state has laws against this kind of dumping, but no one to enforce them and the problem is major around large cities, just get the stuff out of here and dump it somewhere, so if you see a dirty tanker truck around your place, look out.

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