THE SLUDGE DUMPERS
Synagro says sewage workers don't get sick from sludge exposure
"Biosolids are regulated by the EPA," Loder said from her Arizona office. "Municipal plant workers work with (them)
every day and, as far as I know, there haven't been any health problems. Our company isn't going to produce
something that would affect people's health adversely."
Why would they lie? peer reviewed, published articles indicate sewage workers DO get sick .
The term sludge dumpers covers a wide range of sinners. While we generally focus on the EPA, the state, the
sludge contractor and the farmer. The actual head sludge dumper is the mayor or City manager of the city where
the sludge is generated. Next in line is the manager of the wastewater treatment plant. These people has access to
lawyers who advise them on meeting the requirements of the CWA, RCRA, and CERCLA (Superfund Act). They all
understand that Part 503 is based on perceived exclusions in the environmental laws.
From the time it was created in 1970, EPA was run by political appointees from the waste industry with perhaps one
or two exceptions. With statutory immunity, EPA employees have no reason to be concerned about you health.
Therefore EPA created policy regulations which makes it easy to dispose of hazardous waste with regulations on
the last unregulated Frontier - the farm. When no one questioned EPA's right to put the farmer and public food
supply and water supply at risk, EPA moved the dumping ground to your front lawn, your parks and school grounds.
In 1994, EPA put together a multi-million dollar public relations (PR) campaign run by the Water Environment
Federation (WEF) to cover up public health and environmental damage. WEF then created its own research
foundation(WERF) to funnel the money to scientists who would adhere to its research guidelines to promote sludge
use with discussing the probable death, disease, etc., which would follow. The PR campaign was aimed at farmers
who would never read that part of Part 503 which states their families could die are suffer serious illness. Not to
mention their neighbors. Most states changed their solid waste laws to comply with EPA's policy regulation and
issued permits in order to shield the cities, and their sludge disposal contractors, from liability for human health and
environmental damages. The states had a problem, when sludge disposal responsibility was transferred from the
EPA Office of Solid Waste to the Office of Water, who created the Part 258 municipal sludge landfill regulation and
Part 503 beneficial policy, EPA required that the states do a risk assessment for 220 hazardous substances if
sludge went to a landfill. EPA could not, or would not, do a risk assessment for 9 hazardous substances in Part 503,
so it gave the states the choice -- allow sludge dumping as an unregulated fertilizer or do the risk assessment for a
highly restrictive and permitted landfill..
There are tons of money to be made by sludge dumping contractors. Today the major player in the sludge dumping
industry is Synagro who consider lawsuits and death benefiits paid to victims as simply the cost of doing business.
While for purposes of lawsuits, corporations are considered persons, corporations only answer to real persons, the
stockholders. If corporations destroy public health and the environment with the approval of EPA and the states
(and they have the approval) they are just doing the business in the normal way to fulfill their contracts.
Corporations do not have a conscious. But they do have to be responsive to the stockholders who do have a
That is now changing since Synagro has been bought out by the Carlyle Group. By taking Synagro private in an
April 2007 leveraged buyout worth $772 million, Carlyle is able to avoid requirements that Synagro provide to the
public, shareholders, and federal agencies such as the SEC certain information about its business practices. As a
result of the buyout, Synagro may no longer be required to disclose publicly the existence of regulatory inquiries or
legal complaints against the company resulting from health hazards caused by Synagro products and product
distribution. Private equity buyout firms such as the Carlyle Group are not required to publicly disclose information
about the business practices of the companies they own
On December 17, 2007, SEIU [Service Employees International Union] calls on Carlyle to disclose information about
potential health hazards to environmental groups, local govts that contract with Carlyle-owned Synagro
Technologies. For more information click on this link