COUNTIES BAN SLUDGE

             
LOCAL CONTROL SLUDGE ORDINANCE LAWSUIT

Congress Authorized Local Sewage Sludge Ordinances -- AS DOES PART 503

COUNTY SANITATION DISTRICT NO. 2 OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY et al., v. COUNTY OF KERN, CA.

excerpt furnished by Helene Shields
About 200 counties have banned the practice, Bob O'Dette, director of technical services of Synagro, told Sludge.
http://www.lwtpithog.com/landap_tp.htm

Winchester, Calif., County banned sludge
By JENNIFER 8. LEE The New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/26/national/26SLUD.html

Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Sutter have banned sludge application outright, and others have de facto bans. ...
www.bakersfield.com/columnist/ local/price/story/5321685p-5349457c.

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20 CALIFORNIA COUNTIES ALREADY BAN OR REGULATE SLUDGE SPREADING:

----- Original Message -----
From: Liu, Marie
To: 'HShields'
Sent: Friday, April 15, 2005 7:28 PM
Subject: CA county ordinances

This is the most recent data that I could find about county ordinances on land application. The consultants that
were working on this warned me that this list is changing monthly (as you can tell since this is now a list of 20
instead of 17). This list is from January 2004 – which seems to be the last time someone compiled the info. I am
working on getting copies of these ordinances.

Complete Ban (4):
Sutter
San Joaquin
Stanislaus
Santa Cruz

Effective Ban (8):
Monterey
San Benito
Yuba
Glenn
Imperial
San Luis Obispo
San Bernadino
Ventura

Regulated Use (8): (many of these are bans on Class B sewage sludge)
Solono
Merced
Yolo
Kern
Riverside
Tulare
Fresno
Kings

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On September 14, 2004, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted Ordinance No. 830,
which regulates the use of Class A sewage sludge (biosolids) in commercial farming applications. In doing so,
Riverside became one of only a handful of California counties to ban Class B sludge use and regulate Class A
sludge use. Nine other counties have banned sludge use in its entirety, five are currently developing regulations
for sludge application, and 32 counties have not addressed the issue at all.
http://www.argentco.com/htm/f20041101.436195.htm

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In New Hampshire, eight rural municipalities have either banned or sharply restricted sludge fertilizer.
Updated 5/22/2011

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The California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health, representing 52 of California's 58 counties, is
urging Governor Pete Wilson to stop all spreading of sewage sludge on farms. In a recent letter to Gov. Wilson,
the Conference of Directors proposed that "no biosolids/sewage sludge be applied to any direct food crops in
California
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Nevada-December 5, 2003

Jan Cameron, a member of the Amargosa Valley Town Advisory Board, appealed to Nye County Commissioners
Tuesday to take action as soon as possible to stop the importing of the bio-solids. The Amargosa board last
month voted to ask commissioners to either ban the import of the sludge or impose a high tipping fee.
http://www.pahrumpvalleytimes.com/2003/12/05/news/sludge.html
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Virginia -99
supervisors from Caroline, Lunenburg, Shenandoah, Amelia, Goochland, Rappahannock, Bristol, and Brunswick
counties all banned land application of sludge because of groundwater contamination problems
http://www.vagreenparty.org/nl23summer99.html#sludge

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New York - ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY AGRICULTURAL AND FARMLAND PROTECTION BOARD -August 27, 2002
Howard noted that the Skaneateles Watershed, along with several others, has banned sludge altogether. Aldrich
stated that it is important to bear in mind that just because the DEC is allowing something without regulation does
not mean that the farmer is relieved of liability if they damage the soils or water table.
http://www.co.st-lawrence.ny.us/Planning/AFPB-Minutes/AFPBMin08-02.pdf.
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At the present time, the City of Santa Barbara has a five-year contract with a Kern County composting operation
to handle the City’s biosolids.  Goleta Sanitary District produces Class A biosolids, and is able to distribute this to
local residents.  Kern and King counties have recently imposed bans on the land application of Class B biosolids
beginning January 1, 2003.  Class A and composted biosolids will continue to be allowed, but the concern is that
sooner or later local public opposition to the continued use of biosolids in any form will mean that these will also
be banned.
http://www.countyofsb.org/pwd/rrwmd/MJSWTG/MJDocs/Joint%20Minutes%2011-25-02.doc
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Florida -- SEPTEMBER 19, 2000
MARTIN COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Commissioner Gettig added to her motion that this come back on October
10. Language  from the Rappahannock County  ordinance is to be  put in
there  and that  we look  at and  have options  available to  us about
banning  sludge from  being imported  into Martin  County just  as the
state  of New Jersey  has banned  the importation  of sludge  into the
state and  where it would have  to be treated, incinerated  or sent to
the land fill.  Accepted by the seconder.
http://www.martin.fl.us/GOVT/minutes/00minutes/bcc/September.19.00.html
townsthatban.pdf