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December 4, 2016

Posted 11/07/2015

The Truth about Biosolid Pollution                             Source;

Eating nutrient-dense, real food is a primary key to staying healthy. Unfortunately, most of the food you buy is probably loaded with industrial toxins.

Placing Toxic Chemicals on Land, Polluting Industries Are Allowed to Bypass Clean Air and Water Regulations.

Short Film Reveals the Lunacy of Water Fluoridation            Source;

Beginning in 1945, it was claimed that adding fluoride to drinking water was a safe and effective way to improve people's dental health. Over the decades, many bought into this hook, line and sinker, despite all the evidence to the contrary

Scientific investigations have revealed that fluoride is an endocrine disrupting chemical, and a developmental neurotoxin that impacts short-term and working memory, and lowers IQ in children. It has been implicated as a contributing factor in the rising rates of both attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and thyroid disease.

As stated, fluoride is a drug, and research into the health effects of fluoride is based on pharmaceutical grade fluoride. However, a majority of water authorities (Might this include BRWA?) do not even use pharmaceutical grade fluoride; they use hydrofluosilicic acid, or hexafluorosilicic acid — toxic waste products of the phosphate fertilizer industry, which are frequently contaminated with heavy metals such as arsenic, mercury, cadmium, lead, and other toxins.

FDA Orders Dr. Joseph Mercola to Stop Illegal Claims                   Source: Stephen Barrett, M.D

Joseph Mercola, D.O., who practices in Schaumburg, Illinois, also operates one of the Internet's largest and most trafficked health information sites. In 2012, Mercola stated that his site had over 300,000 pages and was visited by "millions of people each day" and that his electronic newsletter had close to 1,500,000 subscribers. The site vigorously promotes and sells dietary supplements, many of which bear his name.


Posted 4/19/2015 

Ten Government-Industry Myths about Biosolids    Source; Caroline Snyder Ph.D 
Office of Inspector General report confirms that the agency's pretreatment program is a virtual failure and that hundreds of hazardous chemicals discharged by industry into sewage treatment plants end up in treated sewage and sludge.

Posted 1/26/2015

Livestock production, when done properly, is a benefit to us all         Source; Nancy Raine

What is true with CAFOs(Confined Animal Feeding Operations) is also true with land application of "biosolids," or lime-stabilized sewage sludge, which many Bedford farmers have used as fertilizer for nearly two decades. Airborne dust from fields fertilized with lime-stabalized sewage sludge is also a pathway for antibiotic-resistant bacterial to travel from fields to human environments.

Posted 12/22/2014

Look at Aerial Views of Factory Farms … The Result is Shocking      Source: Mark Devries

You might have heard about what horrible places factory farms are for animals, but have you ever seen what one looks like?

Using a drone,  hovering over a farm owned by Smithfield Foods, the country’s largest pork producer. Without even having to explain what it is we see, the message rings loud and clear. This is not what a farm should look like.

Posted 12/16/2014

CAFO’s Drive Disease Statistics and Destroy Communities            Source: Dr. Mercola

Genetically engineered (GE) crops and confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) go hand-in-hand, and they are not only driving disease statistics into the stratosphere; they’re also destroying communities.

The promises to contain the waste, disease, and infections that these factory farms create are nothing but wishful thinking. In reality, the toxic waste cannot be contained.

 Posted 12/07/2014

Perdue factory farmer speaks out                                        Source:

Perdue, the third largest chicken producer in the country, is claiming and the USDA is verifying that Perdue’s chickens are “humanely raised.”

Thanks to one brave farmer, Craig Watts, we now know better.

Posted 12/10/2014

A Citizens Comment

This is painful information, but especially important for citizens of Bedford at a time when agricultural leaders are seriously considering establishing factory farms in Bedford.


Posted 12/06/2014

New Science on Biosolids                                              Source; Nancy Raine

Over 15,000 acres of agricultural land in Bedford is currently permitted for the land application of biosolids, urban and industrial waste that is offered to landowners as free fertilizer.

Smith Mountain Lake residents take on AEP                  Source; WDBJ7

The dispute revolves around the power company's Shoreline Management Plan.

Some neighbors in Franklin and Bedford County say it goes too far, and the power company is infringing on their property rights.

Appalachian Power Battle Over Property Rights             Source:  WSET

Drive into Smith Mountain Lake and you can't miss a white sign pitched in the grass off the side of the road.. It reads: Rights Stolen, Repeal AEP's Shoreline Management Plan.

"It's a nightmare of their own creation," said Rob Gerner

Posted 11/8/2014 9 AM

Sludge as new sentinel for human health risks                          Source: ASU.COM

Thousands of chemicals serving a variety of human needs flood into sewage treatment plants once their use life has ended. Many belong to a class of chemicals known as CECs (chemicals of emerging concern), which may pose risks to both human and environmental health.

In a study appearing today in the Nature Publishing Group journal Scientific Reports, both authors outline a new approach to the identification of potentially harmful, mass-produced chemicals, describing the accumulation in sludge of 123 distinct CECs.

Posted 10/6/2014 8:30 AM

Virginia needs to get tougher on concentrated animal farms      Source: Roanoke Times

Virginia does not properly regulate pollution from farms that concentrate large numbers of animals, environmentalists say. Virginia officials disagree.

The farms — technically called concentrated animal feeding operations and often labeled by opponents as factory farms — confine large numbers of chickens, hogs and other animals in buildings.

The farms produce large amounts of waste that, if not dealt with properly, can pollute streams leading to the Chesapeake Bay  

Six environmental groups have filed a petition asking the federal Environmental Protection Agency to take over a key water-pollution-control program now run by the state. They say Virginia should be using the program to regulate the farms but isn’t.

Auditors fault EPA for lax chemical safeguards          Source: Timothy Cama -

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doesn’t do enough to stop hundreds of hazardous chemicals from getting into waterways via sewage plants, a watchdog report found.

The EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) said the agency uses the Clean Water Act to regulate only 126 toxic chemicals that could flow to sewage plants, leaving about 300 chemicals that are considered hazardous under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

The Clean Water Act gives the EPA the authority to regulate any pollutant, but it hasn’t updated its list of chemicals to regulate in sewage plants since 1981.

Citizens Comment

Posted 09/19/2014 7:00 AM

Chemist tells residents the EPA’s rules on sludge are outdated         Source:

Regulations on contaminants in a fertilizer made from treated sewer sludge are outdated and fail to test for the presence of a wide range of possibly toxic metals, pathogens and synthetic organic chemicals, says Dr. Murray McBride a Cornell University chemist.

“EPA regulates 126 priority pollutants,” said Murray B. McBride, a professor of soil science. “In sludge, there’s regulation in New York State for only nine or 10 metals and that’s it. The 126 priority pollutants are not checked for routinely.”

“This is playing a kind of Russian roulette, which I don’t find acceptable,” McBride said.

Posted 8/12/2014 3:15 PM
CBS News;
The toxins that contaminated the drinking water supply of 400,000 people didn't just suddenly appear

"Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities detected long-banned chemicals called PCBs and a second contaminant, trichlorobenzene, flowing into the Mallard Creek plant on Feb. 6 after apparently entering the plant in late 2013 or early this year. In April, the chemicals were found in sludge at the McAlpine Creek plant after apparently entering the plant in late 2013 or early this year. PCBs are believed to cause cancer in people. In the environment, they accumulate in fish and wildlife tissue and don't readily degrade into a harmless form. The chemicals also accumulate in the sludge that is a byproduct of waste treatment....The utility said it hasn't sent sludge to be applied on fields since the PCBs were first detected." 

 A Citizens Comment

What is Sludge ?                                         Source: Wikipedia 

  • "Sludge" refers to the residual, semi-solid material left from industrial wastewater, or sewage treatment processes
  • Watch VideoSource: SSAN

Sludge: Is It Really Safe for Fields?             Source: News &Advance

  • Despite studies that continue to show that treated municipal sewage sludge can cause illnesses for up to a mile from where the sludge is spread, government at all levels still allows it.
  • Article comments by N&A readers   (Scroll to bottom of page)

 Sludge in Bedford County - a Narrative      Source: Bedford Above Board

  •  The total number of acres with permits to apply sludge in Bedford County is 15,318

The Bedford County Sludge map (viewed in Google Map) below is interactive.  Each land parcel highlighted in RED is a location where ‘sludge’ has been permitted for application.

 In Google Map; In the upper right hand corner select ‘Map’ or “Satellite” view. Place the cursor over the area of interest then zoom In/Out for more/less detail; double click on the highlighted parcel of interest to identify the owner of the Sludge permitted parcel.

(Click to view in Google Map)

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