A rural Michigan community is now paying millions, cleaning up its own waste sludge after a harmful chemical was discovered in it.
Some of those waste solids have been used on farm fields in that area for years. State inspectors tested and discovered a harmful chemical in tainted sewer sludge from the Lapeer, Michigan waste water treatment plant, back in 2017. Those solids were being used for fertilizer. Today, it’s still not an option.
Inspectors have found high levels of PFAS in one field where sludge was spread. EPA saying the chemical was used commonly in the 1940s in fire-fighting foams and is now tied to cancer.
AgDay National Reporter Betsy Jibben has the story about Lapeer, Michigan.
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