Industrial Sludge Could Be Headed for Farmland in 7 Virginia Counties

"A Baltimore-based company wants to spread waste called industrial sludge on more than 16,000 acres of farm fields in seven Virginia counties, including Hanover and Goochland, but opponents have raised such a stink that Virginia officials are taking extra time to consider the issue.

The company, Synagro Technologies, is seeking a state permit to spread the sludge, which is treated to reduce pollutants but still can contain heavy metals and germs. Critics say it can pose a threat to people, streams and wells."

Rex Springston reports for the Richmond Times-Dispatch August 3, 2014.

Monday, August 4, 2014