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Faces of Resistance to Corporate Sludge in Dundalk Ontario

by Sludge WarriorsLaura LepperZach Ruiter

Do you want your food growing in sludge? Do you want sludge poisoning two rivers?

The government is promoting the recycling of poisons into the food chain. There is a dangerous project to build a new sewage treatment (‘sludge’) plant in Dundalk Ontario, which will contaminate the groundwater at the headwaters of the Grand and Saugeen Rivers, on Six Nations territory. Lystek International Inc has plans to import massive quantities of Toronto’s waste (‘sludge’) from industries, hospitals, and landfills to a small farming community.

Plowing toxic wastes into our food producing lands poisons our food, our waters, and puts future generations at risk.

Sludge contains high levels of lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium, radioactivity, flame retardants, paints, pesticides, and more. It may be clever to reband it as fertilizer but these toxins are bio-transmissible.

The site of the sludge plant is on the Haldimand Tract – a Six Nations land treaty dating back to 1784. Lystek has a duty to consult with Six Nations. To honour and enact the Two Row Wampum, Six Nations people and non-native people are joining forces to put a stop to this development.


Respect Six Nations land rights! Truth not Trash! Stop the Waste Park!


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It appears Canadian sludge

It appears Canadian sludge officials continue to serve at the pleasure of the waste industry.    They ignore both written and video records of Canadians, including children, who have suffered severe illnesses from sludge exposure.   Sludge pollution of surface and groundwater in Canada  has been documented.
Canadian officials also ignore the toxic pollutants in sludge.   Some United States cases:    In February 2009, farmers in Franklin County, Alabama, filed a Class Action lawsuit against sludge company Synagro and local industries because  (perfluorooctanoic acid ("PFOA"), perfluorooctane sulfonate ("PFOS") and
other perfluorochemicals were dumped in local sewage plant and produced toxic, carcinogenic sewage sludge which poisoned land, water, livestock and people.
In the summer of 2007, Class A sewage sludge "Milorganite" contained such high levels of dangerous  PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls) that they exceeded US EPA Superfund limits.    The toxic mess had to be stripped off 30 Milwaukee playgrounds and ballfields  and hauled to an  out-of-state EPA licensed hazardous waste landfill for disposal, which cost the taxpayers >$4.7 million.
In February 2008, District Court Judge Alaimo ruled that Georgia farmers were entitled to compensation because toxic sewage sludge destroyed their dairies.   "According to test results provided to the AP, the level of thallium — an element once used as rat poison — found in the milk was 120 times the concentration allowed in drinking water by the Environmental Protection Agency."
In 2006, research by prestigious Cornell University Waste Management Institute  found that some sewage sludges have such high levels of toxic industrial pollutants that they exceed the US EPA’s Superfund Soil Screening Limits;   It is official government policy to mix hazardous  industrial wastes with domestic sewage because they need the residential sewage to DILUTE the toxic industrial discharges.
It is disgraceful for Canadian officials to  force toxic, pathogenic sewage sludge from urban and industrial sources on unwilling rural communities. 
Helane Shields, PO Box 1133, Alton, NH 03809    Sludge researcher since 1996

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