Photo via flickr user SuSanA SecretariatWould you mind if your neighbors were using treated human waste instead of animal manure as a crop fertilizer? Residents in Pennsylvania, where the practice has been on the incline recently, are concerned that the use of sewage sludge on farmland has contaminated local water sources and has kept people inside to escape the smell.
The Morning Call reports:
Lynn Township residents want neighboring farmers to stop using sludge to grow crops, a practice residents say is polluting their water supply and leaving a stench in the air. Dozens of residents packed a Lynn meeting in January after traces of fecal coliform and E.coli were discovered in a resident's well. Though no evidence was found linking the bacteria to neighboring farms, residents say their wells were clean before the sludge was spread.