Use of Tainted Sewage in Fields Proves Costly for Downstate Community
A smelly and costly problem for one downstate community that could spell trouble for many others…
For the last 20 years, Lapeer has been sending leftover sludge from sewage to local farms.
Their reason: high quality, free fertilizer, avoiding disposal anywhere else.
In recent years, state inspectors put an end to the practice after finding materials laced with a potential harmful chemical–PFAs.
Now, the city has to pay $3-million for waste treatment and making sure leftover waste is shipped to a landfill.
Although testing shows elevated PFAs levels in one field, farmers have lost a good economical fertilizer source.
Lapeer isn’t the only city impacted.
For decades, human waste has been used as a phenomenal fertilizer for crops, even sport fields, golf courses and backyard gardens benefit.