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Alabama Waste Sludge Awareness Group to Host Community Meeting

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama (WAFF) – This has been a huge topic of discussion in Northern Alabama and on social media.

Wastewater sludge.

“The first thing that alarms you is the smell. It’s the smell, it’s what everyone says, “said Julie Lay.

Since 2019, Julie Lay, a Guntersville resident, has raised concerns about sewage sludge.

“Sewage sludge is what ADEM defines as beneficial use by-products, and it can be a combination of municipal sewage sludge or biosolids and poultry wastewater sludge from facilities. poultry and not chicken litter. But companies use it as a fertilizer in the fields, ”Lay said.

Lay said earlier this year that she saw a company applying sludge to a property near her home.

His concern is whether the poultry wastewater and biosolids are mixed? What is happening in the soil and in the water? And what impact could this have on deer and cattle?

WAFF 48 also contacted ADEM.

In a statement, a spokesperson said:

In 2019, ADEM developed rules for the beneficial use of by-products for spreading which came into effect on April 13, 2020. Since that time, the Department has devoted considerable resources to the regulation of this industry. and recognized the need to upgrade these regulations based on the knowledge gained during their implementation. Over the past few months, ADEM has met with various stakeholders to discuss the necessary updates to the regulations. Currently, the Ministry is using the information obtained through this interaction to complete the development of proposed updates, which will be made available to the public for comment and subject to a public hearing to be announced in the coming weeks. . ADEM welcomes and encourages public participation in this revised regulation.

As a solution, lay people and group members of the Alabama Waste Sludge Awareness group will hold a meeting on Thursday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m. at the Guntersville Rec Center to educate the community.

“Yes, there are fertilizing capabilities in that, but there are also dangers and risks and dangers that people need to be aware of, in order to make an informed decision on what to put on their property,” Lay said.

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