Plan to fertilize fields with biosolids causes concern
Scientist understands 'ick factor' but says treated sewage is approved for use on farms
By GORDON DELANEY Valley Bureau
Tue. Mar 31 - 2:34 PM
A little bit of the city is coming to the country, and that has some people asking questions.
An Annapolis County farmer is preparing to spread biosolid fertilizer from Halifax Regional Municipality on hay and cornfields in the Clarence area.
Neighbours say they have concerns.
"I don’t think it’s ever been spread in the community before," said one woman who asked not to be named.
She wouldn’t name the farmer but said piles of biosolid fertilizer are appearing on the side of the roads, but the fields are still too wet to spread it.
"It can be quite stinky," said the woman. "Some people have complained that they almost get physically ill from it.
The whole article from the Chronicle Herald seems to have disappeared from the net (but you can buy it for 4 dollars here)
Nova Scotia's Ecology Action Centre's position paper (PDF)
Here is another story for those in the province following the blog - Bio-not-so-solids; Dumping sludge on farmland is a crappy idea, by Chris Benjamin in the Coast.
And here are the Nova Scotia Guidelines For Land Application and Storage of Biosolids in Nova Scotia, where distances from wells. waterways, time and covering (tarping) are clarified.