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Mad Cows Or Mad Scientists in the USEPA?

Here's a lovely thought: The USEPA denied a petition to prevent the use of sewer sludge as fertilizer. In lawyerspeak, that means it's OK to put sewer sludge on family farms in Georgia.

One problem, though.

Georgia state agencies found the sludge was so corrosive that it dissolved fences and emitted toxic fumes that could sicken cows. Mmm, Mmm, Good. Yuck!

It gets better. Turns out that the USEPA terminated a 32-year employee for blowing the whistle on one small fact: when it allowed the sludge to be used on the basis that the heavy metals in it were within tolerance limits, it allegedly knew the data was "completely unreliable, possibly even fraudulent," according to Georgia officials and the whistleblower.

Whistleblower David Lewis, Ph.D. testified before a House subcommittee last week that nearly 3 million tons of sludge was allowed to be dumped on Georgia farms as a result of the USEPA's ruling.

Here's Dr. Lewis' thoughts. Even the National Whistleblower Center wants your donations for Dr. Lewis. At least two senators support Lewis.

Lewis, though, got a settlement from the USEPA in 1988. Predictably, not all are happy with Dr. Lewis.

Here's a look at both sides of the arguments.

Don't trust everything you read at first until you check it all out, including the Daubert brief filed against Dr. Lewis' theories.

Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Wednesday, February 04, 2004 at 20:08 Comments Closed (0) |
 
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