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E-M:/ RE: / Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority May Reject Composting for Incineration of Sewer Sludge



one thing that may have changed in the intervening years is the perception of sludge by significant stakeholder groups . . . while it is clear that composted sludge has high nutritive value for many different kinds of plants (and perhaps some animals), and it is clear that appropriately composted sludge is very low in pathogens, many people worry about the contamination of composted sludge by heavy metals and other substances . . . whereas it would be nice to use composted sludge as a fertilizer in agriculture, many analysts and growers are concerned about the contamination of the soil, the groundwater, and the crops . . . in turn, municipal officials are worried about liability
this is not to argue that incineration is a wonderful solution . . . it is simply to suggest that one of the problems with composting sludge is finding satisfactory end uses
cheers,
craig

craig k harris
department of sociology
center for integrated plant systems
national food safety and toxicology center
institute for food and agricultural standards
michigan state university
429b berkey hall
east lansing  michigan  48824-1111
tel:  517-355-5048
fax:  517-432-2856

-----Original Message-----
From: Judith Stein Shazer [mailto:judy.shazer@mich.com]
Sent: Saturday 24 February 2001 22:14
To: enviro-mich@great-lakes.net; stren@cray.com; judy.shazer@mich.com
Subject: E-M:/ Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority May Reject Composting for Incineration of Sewer Sludge

Friends,

The Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority treats a large quantity of the sewer water in southeast Michigan.  After the sewer treatment process, there is an amount of  "sludge" or biosolids, which need to be disposed of.  Currently, YCUA has been burning the sludge, causing a large environmental impact on the local area.

Several years ago, YCUA spent $2 million dollars on a pilot study to determine whether composting was an environmently and economical way to dispose of sewer sludge. A report was generated and presentation given showing that composting was a viable solution. The YCUA board (3 Ypsilanti
Township people and 2 Ypsilanti City people) voted (3 to 2) to suddenly spent another $500,000 for another study. The results from this study will be presented this Tuesday (Feb 27) at 3:00 p.m. at the YCUA offices and will show that incineration is the best solution.  Concerned residents fear that a vote will be taken on Tuesday without public input.   DO WE REALLY WANT TO BURN OUR SEWER SLUDGE in our local community when we have a viable composting solution?? It is hard to imagine the community really wants incineration as a solution.

Please consider attending the meeting at the YCUA offices, located at 2777 State Road
Ypsilanti, Michigan  48198, to demand a public hearing on this issue.  Again, the meeting is on Tuesday, February 27th at 3:00 pm.  For directions, call 734-544-7129, or go to the YCUA web page at www.ycua.org.

If you are concerned, but can't attend, please consider calling the YCUA board members on Monday to ask them to hold a public hearing on this issue, before taking a vote.  Ypsilanti township residents are particularly encouraged to call, as the Ypsilanti Township trusties voted for the second study, and may be disposed to continue the incineration solution.

For more information, contact interested citizen Dave Strenski at 313-317-4438 work; 734-480-1587 home.

Submitted by Judy Shazer, Huron Valley Group Sierra Club