The use of treated sewage sludge (euphemistically called “biosolids”) as fertilizer has been widespread in the United States ever since a 1993 EPA ruling authorized the spreading of biosludge on farms, school playgrounds, vegetable gardens, parks and forests.
The EPA’s “503 rule” allows “the spreading, spraying, injection, or incorporation of sewage sludge” to the land, including areas where children play and where food is grown, despite the fact that biosludge contains high concentrations of heavy metals, a range of mutagenic and neurotoxic chemicals, drug residues and a host of other toxins classified as “primary pollutants” by the EPA itself.
So, how and why did the EPA decide to allow the poisoning of our farms, playgrounds and gardens?
According to the agency, biosludge is perfectly safe for use, but the truth is, the EPA faked the safety data on biosolids and destroyed the career of the one man who dared to blow the whistle on the scheme: Dr. David Lewis.
When Dr. Lewis, a former senior-level research microbiologist at EPA-ORD, spoke out about his concerns over the safety of biosludge, he was terminated by the agency and charged with “scientific misconduct.”
Much of the information in Biosludged is based on the work and testimony of Dr. Lewis, who has recently published a book titled Science for Sale: How the US Government Uses Powerful Corporations and Leading Universities to Support Government Policies, Silence Top Scientists, Jeopardize Our Health, and Protect Corporate Profits.
The title pretty much says it all. ...
As reported by Independent Science News, Dr. Lewis became one of the casualties of:
“... an unprecedented and coordinated multi-agency scientific scheme ... intended to misleadingly present sewage sludge as scientifically safe, to hide the evidence that it was not, to deliberately misreport the contents of municipal sludges, and smear David Lewis with a scientific misconduct charge after he blew the whistle.”
The EPA’s “scientific” explanation regarding how a substance containing the “worst of the worst” chemicals could ever be considered safe is laughably unscientific in nature.
Generally considered to be the chief author of the EPA’s 503 sludge rule, former career EPA Office of Water chemist, Alan Rubin, was one of those involved in going after whistleblowers like Dr. Lewis.
In a 1993 deposition, Rubin described what he termed “sludge magic” – an explanation of how biosludge magically avoids being toxic:
“‘Sludge magic’ [means] there are unique properties in the biosolids matrix that sequester metals, that sequester organics. By sequester I mean significantly reduce the mobility to move from the biosolids out to the environment, and the matrix is really complex, and has organic material in it, organic pollutants. ...
“The processes, some of them are understood, some of them are not that well understood, but the whole thing taken together is called magic. So I coined the term magic.”
Maybe verbal bulls**t like that shouldn’t be too surprising coming from someone in the business of selling actual toxic s**t to the public, but it’s time for the real story to be told, which the release of Biosludged is bound to accomplish.
According to the Health Ranger, city officials receive kickbacks from biosolid companies – another reason this subject has been kept hidden for so long.
But thanks to the work of Dr. Lewis and Health Ranger Mike Adams, the story is about to go public in a big way.
Stay tuned for more information about the 2017 release date of Biosludged, which will be available for free as part of the Health Ranger’s “Censored Science” documentary series.