Something stinks in FW
It should be noted that the beneficial reuse/recycling of biosolids (sewage sludge) is mandated by the federal government under the Clean Water Act (“Fort Worth’s ‘sludge’ raises a stink,” Sunday).
The program oversight is a function of the EPA, administered by and in association with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Biosolids by definition are “nutrient-rich organic materials resulting from the treatment of domestic sewage in a treatment facility.
When treated and processed, these residuals can be recycled and applied as fertilizer to improve and maintain productive soils and stimulate plant growth.”
Fort Worth and its environmental contractor (Renda Environmental Inc.) produce class A biosolids, which are regulated by EPA standards and which the EPA recognizes as the “highest level” of treatment for biosolids.
Proper, environmentally sound class A biosolids applications have been conducted on tens of thousands of acres in Tarrant and eight surrounding counties by the city of Fort Worth and Renda Environmental since 1994.
Since 2005, the program has been recognized and certified for environmental excellence.
— Gary F. Rockers, retired water administrator, Burleson
Luanna Langley complains that she and her husband in 2011 wandered into Johnson County, where I have lived since 1970, and purchased property near farms which have for years used biosolids for fertilizer.
This is being done in almost all of the 50 states and the rest of the world to help keep food prices lower.
They moved out here and found that — horrors! — the biosolids smell.
Did they then realize that they had not done their homework?
May I suggest that those who are unhappy suck it up and put the land up for sale.
— W.V. Bonds, Cleburne