to Feb 26 8:00pm
Speaker Megan Rogalus “Residential Storm water Control”
Bristol Twp auditorium.
2501 Bath Road, Bristol, Pa.,19007
Followed by Bristol Twp EAC meeting open to the public, all are welcome.
Speaker Megan Rogalus “Residential Storm water Control”
Bristol Twp auditorium.
2501 Bath Road, Bristol, Pa.,19007
Followed by Bristol Twp EAC meeting open to the public, all are welcome.
Join us for a seminar on recycling of construction materials by Revolution Recovery
Presented by Fern Gookin
Bristol Township’s new Single Stream Recycling program
Presented by Chuck Raudenbush
Light snacks & refreshments will be provided
This event will be held at the Bristol Township Building, located at 2501 Bath Road, Bristol, Pa.,19007
From 6:30 to 8:00 PM. The topic will be about “Single Stream Recycling” .
An opportunity will be available to register for a future tour of Waste Management’s Material Recycling Facility (MRF), in Philadelphia.
This will be followed with a BT EAC meeting, that is open to the public.
Come and learn what this means to the residents, the township, and the environment.
Thank you for your interest in the Tidal Delaware River as a National Recreation Area. Below you will find a link to download the National Parks Service Tidal Delaware River Reconnaissance Survey.
Continue reading to find more information about the Tidal Delaware River National Recreation Area designation and to attend a “debriefing” by the National Parks Service.
|WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE TIDAL DELAWARE RIVER?|
|All along the Tidal Delaware, there is a deliberate effort underway to provide additional opportunities for public access and enjoyment of this amazing river.|
Visionary leaders, such as you, have proposed and implemented numerous investments in recreational trails, historic sites, river access facilities, esplanades, parks, new neighborhoods and commercial areas with much more to come!
More than three years ago the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) and sixty partner organizations, gathered on the Camden riverfront to discuss our shared interest in celebrating the Tidal Delaware River and making its numerous cultural and natural sites more “visitor-ready.” Based on more than a year of research, PEC identified National Recreation Area designation by the National Park Service (NPS) as the way to achieve this objective. After a prolonged process, on September 16, 2013, the NPS delivered a Reconnaissance Survey that recommended against National Recreation Area designation of the Tidal Delaware.
PEC has scheduled a “debriefing” with the NPS on December 12, at 3:00 pm at 2 Riverside Dr Camden, NJ 08103 . Representing the NPS will be Allen Cooper, Director of Planning (Northeast Region) who will explain their findings and perspective. I invite you to participate in the discussion (register here) knowing that you understand the cultural, historical and recreational assets that make the Tidal Delaware River an exciting resource of great national significance. It is our responsibility to ask questions, assess our options, and to advocate for this long neglected River. Will you join us?
NATIONAL RECREATION AREA DESIGNATION TIMELINE
2009-10 Options assessment process conducted by PEC
June 4, 2010: Review of National Recreation Areas in New York, Minneapolis & San Francisco
June 4, 2010: Congresspersons Andrews & Schwartz request that NPS perform an assessment of the tidal Delaware resource
July 26, 2010: NPS promises to undertake the reconnaissance study
October 18, 2011: NPS announces the start of the assessment
September 9, 2013: NPS delivers the assessment to requesting Congresspersons
Click here to register for this event (a free “ticket” is required)
By enhancing your woods or creating natural areas on your lot, you can attract & support wildlife, reduce your energy costs, clean our water & air and enjoy the aesthetics of a diverse vegetative landscape.
Keynote presentation by Douglas Tallamy, PhD., and author of the award-winning book Bringing Nature Home, How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens
Participants must register by December 9th
Topics will include:
Cost: $30 per individual or $50 for 2 people from the same household;lunch, materials and refreshments included
For more information or to register visit: www.forestryforthebay.
Lancaster Farm and Home Center
1383 Arcadia Road
Pennsylvania is home to over one million private water wells and springs but it is one of the few states that do not provide statewide regulations to protect these rural drinking water supplies. As a result, homeowners using a private well or spring must understand proper water supply management practices to ensure safe drinking water for their family.
In 2004, Penn State Extension and several partner agencies created the Master Well Owner Network (MWON) – a group of trained volunteers who are dedicated to promoting the proper construction, testing, and maintenance of private water wells, springs and cisterns throughout Pennsylvania. Since its inception, over 600 volunteers have attended Saturday training workshops to be certified as Penn State Master Well Owners.
The next MWON volunteer training course will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 9 AM to 3:30 PM at the Neshaminy Manor Center, 1282 Almshouse Road, Doylestown, PA.
Prospective volunteers need to submit an application and be accepted into the program. The December 14 training workshop will be limited to the first 30 accepted applicants. To be eligible for this program, volunteers must NOT have any financial interest in private water supplies (i.e. work for water well drillers, water testing labs, water treatment companies, etc.) and they must be willing to share what they learn with their neighbors, friends, and co-workers.
Volunteers who successfully complete the training course and pass a short exam will receive a free copy of the 80 page publication – A Guide to Private Water Systems in Pennsylvania, a coupon good for a 10% discount on water testing through the Penn State water testing lab, and access to various MWON educational materials. To learn more about the program and to complete an application, visit the following website:
or contact Bryan Swistock at 814-863-0194 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are a few comments from volunteers who recently completed the online course:
Bristol Township Municipal Solid Waste, Recyclable and
Yard Waste Collection Rules and Regulations
Solid Waste Collection Schedule
|Appletree||Bath Road||3M Area|
|Crabtree||Croydon Acres||Blue Ridge|
|Drexelwood||Fergusonville||Green Lawn Park|
|Fairbridge||Laurel Bend||Green Lynne|
|Farmbrook||L. B. Hospital Area||Goldenridge|
|Greenbrook||Maple Beach||Fleetwing Estates|
|Heddington||Margo gardens||Indian Creek|
|Holly Hill||Mill Creek||Junewood|
|Red Cedar||Old Croydon||Violetwood|
Recyclable and Yard Waste** Collection Schedule
|Appletree||Bath Road||Blue Ridge||Dogwood||Croydon Acres||3M Area|
|Birch Valley||Belardley||Goldenridge||Farmbrook||Croydon Manor||Edgely|
|Crabtree||Fergusonville||Green Lynne||Greenbrook||Maple Beach||Green Lawn Park|
|Drexelwood||Laurel Bend||Indian Creek||Oaktree||Newport Village||Junewood|
|Fairbridge||L. B. Hospital Area||Orangewood||Red Cedar||Old Croydon||Kenwood|
|Heddington||Margo Gardens||Whitewood||Stonybrook||Route 413, (South of 13)||Violetwood|
|Holly Hill||Mill Creek||Bloomsdale||Yellowood|
|Magnolia Hill||Newportville||Fleetwing Estates|
|Route 413, (North of 13)|
|** Yard Waste Collection – April 1 through December 15 Only|
|The following days are observed holidays:|
New Year’s Day
Fourth of July
|Your solid waste/recyclable/yard waste will be collected on your next regularly scheduled collection day.|
|Acceptable Solid Waste – 10 items per pickup|
|Garbage(drained), cardboard, rags, metal, ashes, grocery, wood, brush, carpeting. (Carpeting, brush, and scrap wood must be cut down to 2 feet by 4 feet and bundled. Bundles must not exceed fifty (50) pounds in weight.) Solid waste must be placed in water tight containers not to exceed 35 gallon capacity and fifty (50) pounds in weight.|
|Consumer Electronics Disposal|
|Due to a state law that will take effect beginning January 24, 2013, Our trash collector will no longer be able to accept computers (desktops and laptops), computer peripherals (such as keyboards or printers), monitors, and televisions.Where can I dispose of them?Residents and small businesses in Bristol Township may now drop off small electronics for recycling FREE at the outdoor electronics collection site at the Bristol Township Municipal Building, located at 2501 Bath Road. The drop off site is open weekdays from 9AM to 4:00PM, unless the Township is closed due to a holiday. No appointments are necessary. Anyone dropping off electronics MUST first stop at the Municipal Building Administrative Office and show a valid ID or a copy of a utility bill identifying that they are a business in the Township or resident of Bristol Township. Electronics may NOT be left outside at the Municipal Building or collection site when the facility is closed. Please note that the collection site is monitored 24 hours a day by the Bristol Township Police Department to prevent dumping or theft of materials.
For more information, DEP maintains lists of various electronics recycling opportunities and collection locations on its website including county, municipal, non-profit, and retailer and manufacturer sponsored collection programs. To view the current list, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us and select ‘Electronics Recycling’ from the ‘DEP Programs A – Z’ menu.
|Unacceptable Collection Items|
|Household hazardous wastes such as gasoline, waste oil, paint, varnish, thinner, pesticides, drain cleaner, pool chemicals or bottled gas are unacceptable items. Also, car or truck parts, and building materials resulting from the repair, construction, excavation or demolition of buildings will not be taken. These items shall be removed by and at the expense of the owner of the property or the contractor doing the work.|
|Refrigerators, Freezers, Air Conditioners|
|These items and others containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s) such as freon must be collected separately.|
|Please call Republic Services at (610) 265-6337 to schedule a pick up for these items. You can also visit us at http://www.republicservicesvalleyforge.com and leave us a message.|
|Single Stream RecyclingBristol Township now participates in single stream recycling. That means all of your recyclable items can now be placed in the same recycle bin. Below is a link to a document outlining the additional items you can now recycle and a link to a short video showing the process. Single Stream Recycling began on June 1, 2011Recycle FlyerShort Video|
|Yard Waste Collection – April 1 Through December 15|
|Yard waste will be collected once each week from April 1st through December 15th. In January, yard waste collection, including Christmas trees, will take place the second full week of January. In 2012 it’s between January 9th and 14th. In February and March, yard waste will be picked up during the second full week of the month. Yard waste includes grass, leaves, clippings, branches, etc. Please place all yard waste in paper bags or separate trash containers.|
|Bulk Waste Items|
|Republic Services will provide service for one bulky item (mattress, washer, dryer,desk, etc.) per household each week. Please place the bulk item out on your second collection date.|
|Place these items away from your regular trash containers.|
We ask that all solid waste, recyclables, and yard waste, be placed at the curb no later than 6 A.M. on the day of collection in order to ensure collection on that day.
Questions or Problems
Please call the Bristol Township Recycling Coordinator at (215) 785-0501 if you have any questions or concerns.
372 South Henderson Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday – Friday
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Saturday
Any “commercial establishment” including stores, markets, offices, restaurants, shopping centers and theaters; any “industrial establishment” engaged in manufacturing or production including factories, foundries, mills and processing plants; and any “institutional establishment” or facility engaged in services, including hospitals, nursing homes, schools and universities are required by law to recycle. All commercial, industrial, institutional, and municipal establishments shall separate recyclable material from municipal waste. These establishments shall recycle corrugated paper, office paper, and aluminum containers. These establishments shall establish, implement, and manage a program for recycling of recyclable materials generated at their properties. Recyclable material shall be collected as often by generated volumes and environmental conditions, but not less than once a month. These establishments are required to submit a recycling report at such time as the Township may deem appropriate.
“Community activity” are events sponsored by public or private agencies or individuals that include, but not limited to, fairs, bazaars, socials, picnics, carnivals, and organized sporting events attended by two hundred (200) or more individuals per day.
All persons owning or managing multi-family housing properties shall establish, implement, and manage a program for the recycling of recyclable materials generated at their properties. All persons residing at multi-family housing properties shall separate recyclable material from municipal waste. Such recyclable materials include: glass bottle and jar containers; aluminum, steel and bi-metallic beverage and food cans; and newspapers. The owner or manager shall inform all persons residing at the multi-family housing property of the program, including the dates, times, and location of collection, the item to be recycled, and the method of collection. Such information shall be provided by the owner to all persons not less than once a year and to all new persons at the time of occupancy. Collection of recyclable shall be as often as required by generated volumes and environmental conditions, but not less than once a month. All multi-family housing properties are required to submit a recycling report at such time as the Township may deem appropriate.
All persons owning or managing multi-family residential properties, commercial, institutional, industrial establishments shall separate leaf waste from municipal waste for processing at a composting facility.
For more information on recycling contact Bristol Township at 215-785-0501.
2501 Bath Road | Bristol, PA 19007 | BUCKS COUNTY | Phone: 215-785-0500
In response to the high demand from Bristol Township residents to dispose of electronic devices, such as televisions, computers, and monitors, the Township has implemented a permanent electronics recycling program at the Bristol Township Municipal Complex, located at 2501 Bath Road. The new drop-off site for small electronics will be provided at no cost to residents and small businesses in Bristol Township.
As the Covered Device Recycling Act, which went into effect earlier in the year, prohibits certain electronics from being disposed at landfills, the new permanent collection site provides a safe and legal alternative to properly dispose and recycle certain electronics items.
“I’ve gotten so many calls from residents looking for a place to dispose of these items” stated Scott Swichar, Bristol Township’s Recycling Coordinator. “Until now, there were only a few limited options to dispose of electronics. Since the Township takes its commitment to recycling seriously, it only makes sense to offer this free service to residents.”
According to Swichar, “Proper recycling is also important because there are millions and millions of devices, they have a limited useful life span, and they contain heavy metals, such as lead, cadmium, and mercury, as well as other materials that do not belong in the normal trash stream. I expect that the recycling program will also help to reduce incidents of illegal dumping of electronic materials (such as televisions) around the Township and reduce heavy metals exposure in the environment,” he stated.
The drop-off site is open weekdays from 9AM to 4:00PM, unless the Township is closed due to a holiday. No appointments are necessary. However, anyone dropping off electronics MUST first stop at the Municipal Building’s Administrative Office and show a valid ID or a copy of a utility bill identifying that they are a business in the Township or resident of Bristol Township. Electronics may NOT be left outside at the Municipal Building or collection site when the facility is closed. In
order to prevent dumping or theft of materials, the collection site will be monitored by the Bristol Township Police Department
“We are pleased to assist residents in the disposal of electronics in an environmentally friendly way and help keep these items out of landfills” said Township Manager Bill McCauley. Mr. McCauley further stated, “The Electronics Drop-Off Recycling Program is provided at no cost to Bristol Township taxpayers, and, in fact saves the Township money via lower trash disposal fees, making it both an environmental and fiscal win.”
The Township signed a two-year contract with Reverse Logistics Group Americas, Inc. (RLGA), who is responsible for managing take-back and regulatory compliance for electronics manufacturers throughout the US, Canada and Latin America. RLGA works only with those companies who recycle the material according to the Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act and the highest industry standards, of which include, R2, e-Stewards and NAID certification. In order to implement the program, the company has provided the Township with a 22 foot storage container to be used for the collection of electronic devices at no cost to taxpayers.
For more information on what types of electronic devices are eligible for recycling, please go to: www.bristoltownship.org or call the Township’s Recycling Coordinator, Scott Swichar at 267-812-3102.
The East Coast Greenway enters Pennsylvania in Bucks County from Trenton, NJ. and winds it way through Morrisville, Tullytown, Falls Twp., Bristol Borough, Bristol Township and Bensalem. The trail follows the Delaware Canal through much of the County, then runs along the Delaware River as it heads into Philadelphia.
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) is working with the national East Coast Greenway Alliance, and local partners to fill in gaps along the route through Bucks County.
PEC is currently working on the Bristol Delaware Riverfront Greenway Feasibility Study, which will help spur the completion of Bucks County trail segments. The study will assess conceptual alignments for five segments of the greenway with the ultimate goal of finalizing a single alignment for each of these segments. Visit Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s (PEC) website.
HARRISBURG — The Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging environmental stewards to apply for the 2014 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards.
“Organizations that have developed innovative projects to improve the environment in Pennsylvania deserve recognition,” Acting DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo said. “Governor Corbett and I are proud to continue this tradition of recognizing the organizations and individuals that show Pennsylvania’s economic development does not come at the expense of the environment.”
The awards are open to all Pennsylvania businesses, farms, government agencies, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and individuals that have developed innovative environmental programs or have implemented projects that balance environmental stewardship and economic development.
Examples of eligible projects include wastewater recycling technology innovation, resource development, renewable and alternative energy innovation, watershed restoration strategies and environmental education outreach, among others.
Projects will be evaluated based on seven criteria detailed within the guidelines, including environmental benefits and use of innovative technology. The project must have been completed between Aug. 1, 2012, and July 31, 2013. While each candidate may submit only one application for a particular project, companies with multiple facilities may submit an application for each facility.
Projects that have previously received a Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence are not eligible. Past winners may submit applications for new projects.
Recipients of the awards will be honored during an evening reception on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, and the winning projects will also be listed on DEP’s website.
Projects should be submitted via email to RA-EPgovenviroawards@pa.gov by 5 p.m. on Jan. 17, 2014. Faxed or mailed submissions will not be considered.
For more information or to apply, visit www.dep.state.pa.us, keyword: Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence. For assistance with completing the application, call 717-783-8727.
Will corporate business interests over-ride our budding national hunger to reclaim Americas food supply?
Every year 48 million Americans – 1 in 6 – get sick from food borne illnesses. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 128,000 citizens are hospitalized annually and 3,000 die from our national food poisoning problem. The FDA, under the mandated 2011 Food Safety Modernization
Act (FSMA), is attempting to address this problem, inviting comment on the proposed regulations that will govern the future of our food safety, food supply and options to connect with the foods and farmers that sustain us. Deadline is Friday, Nov. 15th – for suggested talking points, information
links and where to send FSMA comments, drop to the bottom of this article.
The recently proposed FSMA rules impose requirements for every aspect of growing and harvesting fruits, vegetables and nuts requirements that will suffocate the little guy and give the corporate agribusiness an affordable pass. Many involved with small scale agricultural businesses, family
farms, CSAs, co-ops and farmers markets find the law will create difficulties for those who have been successfully creating local markets for their locally grown produce in community restaurants, co-ops, groceries and schools. As written, the FSMA promotes the corporate, industrial food and
farming model that is a hazard to human health and the environment.
Two major points concerning the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): 1) the FDA’s proposed new food safety rules unfairly burden family farmers, target sustainable and organic farming, and reduce the availability of fresh, local food in our communities, 2) FSMA proposals exempt contamination
testing of soil, fertilizer or agricultural irrigation water if sewage sludge/biosolids or the recycled agricultural water effluence from waste water treatment plants is used during the growing process of your fruits or vegetables. Does the FDA think 48 million people are food poisoned by your
CSA, farmers market or the neighbor down the street selling eggs – but not by using the toxic waste and water from your city sewer plants and the corporate agribusiness industry?
Sludge: Its Whats For Dinner
Does 8 million tons equal 48 million sick?
The FDA estimates that 16.8% of our fresh-cut fruits and vegetables are contaminated – salads, salsas, veggies and fruits. 48 million people contract some form of food poisoning annually. Meanwhile, 8 million tons of sewage sludge/biosolids fertilizer from waste water treatment plants is spread
annually on farms, athletic fields, parks and sold as bagged fertilizer. Exiting water effluence from waste water treatment plants is recycled as agricultural water for crop irrigation or reintroduced into rivers and streams. Is there a link? Could the pathogens, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and
carcinogens found in both the sewage sludge and the water effluence be poisoning Americas food, water and soils?
The FDA data shows the majority of fresh produce-related outbreaks and illnesses are associated with bacterial agents (86.5%), parasites(11.6%) and viruses (1.9%). These outbreaks involved a number of pathogens, including E. coli O157:H7, E. coli O157, Salmonella species, Listeria monocytogenes,
Cyclospora, Shigella sonnei, and Hepatitis A. Microbial testing can only detect the pathogens the procedures are designed to detect. Considering the range of potential pathogens, relying on testing as proof that sludge or water is safe has significant limitations. Fresh food guidelines are not
effective if sewage sludge is land applied.
Sewage sludge is everything that goes down the drain of homes, businesses, industries and hospitals, then squeezed or condensed at the waste water treatment plant. Roughly 60% of sewage sludge/biosolids is land applied as an agriculture fertilizer on the crops that we consume or our community
landscapes. Water from the waste water treatment plants – along with all the contaminants – can be recycled for crop irrigation. Sewer plants are major generators of antibiotic resistant organisms. Industry-resistant science highlights everything from plant up-take of pathogens and bacteria to the
release of antibiotic resistant genes in waste water effluence. Studies from respected institutes such as Cornell, Yale, University of North Carolina and Johns Hopkins School of Health have all gathered damning information on the contamination of our communities, food and water supply from land
applied sewage sludge.
Emerging concern such as endocrine disrupters, flame retardants, and pharmaceuticals have been found in sewage waste. Although land application of sewage sludge has been going on for some years, and thus there is a build-up within the soil, plants for human and animal consumption uptake other
contaminants, including heavy metals, PCBs and infectious human and animal prions (which causes mad cow disease, Chronic Wasting Disease, Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, etc) from soil and sewage sludge/biosolids “fertilizer”.
In spite of the recognition in the FSMA proposed regulations that, … human waste has a high probability of containing multiple diverse human pathogens, including bacteria, parasites and viruses, at potentially very large populations, thus presenting a significant likelihood of harboring and
spreading these various microbiological hazards… the FDA chooses to allow the use of sewage sludge/biosolids as a crop fertilizer under the limp excuse that it is regulated by the EPA.
Under the FDAs own informational articles on the FSMA, there is an understanding that, Agricultural water is a known on-farm route of produce contamination, and can be both a potential source of contamination and a means by which contamination is spread. In spite of the science available showing
contamination and plant uptake from contaminated water supplies, the FDA requires NO TESTING if a farmers uses municipal waters, making no effort to exclude the reclaimed effluence from the municipal waste water treatment plants.
In regards to both the use of sewage sludge/biosolids and irrigation water, the FSMA proposed regulations are as follows:
c. Prohibition Regarding Use of Human Waste Proposed § 112.53 would prohibit the use of human waste for growing covered produce, except sewage sludge biosolids….
Proposed § 112.45(a)(1) provides an exception to testing required in § 112.45(a) when the water is sourced from a Public Water System or State authority….
Will FDA Regs Close Your Farmers Market, Food Stand and CSA?
To ensure a safe food supply, healthy on-farm conservation of natural resources, thriving family farms and small value-added food businesses, FSMA regulations and requirements must be tailored to different types and sizes of operations. Without key changes to FSMA, the law will create new barriers
for small and mid-scale farmers and processors who have been successfully creating local markets restaurants, co-ops, groceries, schools for their locally grown produce. Seven important ways that FSMA will affect our food sources and choices:
1)FDA’s calculations show that 73% of the costs of the new rules for food facilities will be borne by businesses with 20 or fewer employees, even though these businesses produce just 4% of the food consumed in the US. 2) How many farms will go out of business? The 6% expense of revenue to comply
with proposed on-farm regulations will consume more than the profits that small farms survive on. FDA admits that the rules will reduce the number of new farms entering business. 3) The bulk of annual food borne illness from domestic sources are from chicken and seafood, which FSMA doesn’t address.
FDA admits that the rules will force many domestic producers out of business. 4) Local food distributors will close, new ones will not launch. Industrial-scale food safety rules create a barrier to increasing sales of locally-produced meats. 5) Farms will have the expense of testing – except when
using municipal water or effluence. Yet, available water testing systems don’t test for actual pathogens, but for harmless bacteria that are present everywhere, including human digestive tracts (generic E. coli). 6) Putting a label on a raw produce item or package of raw produce magically becomes
‘food processing.’ This simple and essential act for produce marketing turns a farm into a manufacturing facility, subject to industrial manufacturing standards. 7) If a farm, CSA or farm stand handles produce from another farm, the farm becomes a ‘food processing facility.’ Any kind of
cooperative model of produce packing and distribution will be subject to industrial manufacturing standards.
Ultimately, we want to ensure a safe food supply, strong on-farm conservation of natural resources, and thriving family farms and small value-added farm and food businesses. With regulations and requirements that are tailored to different types and sizes of operations, we can achieve these
objectives. The FSMA must be revised to level the playing field for small growers. As written, the FSMA promotes the corporate, industrial food and farming model that is a hazard to human health and the environment. In addition to giving the nod to toxic waste application via land applied sewage
sludge/biosolids and reclaimed effluence water, the regulations as they are written now obliterate local, emerging small scale and organic farming. Register your comments with the FDA by Nov. 15, 2013: Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting
Tell the FDA, the FSMA must: Rejecting a one-size-fits-all approach, by including options for small, mid-sized, and direct-market agricultural operations. FDA must not impose regulation that impacts small farmers, especially sustainable and organic or make it harder for beginning farmers. FDA
needs to base cost estimates and make compliance affordable. Acknowledging that organic production and food safety go hand-in-hand, new regulations must complement not contradict strict regulations for certified organic production. * Minimizes extra regulations for low-risk value-added
processing that is part of value-added productions that help farmers provide the variety consumers are looking for.
* Regulation must not impacts communities by reducing local markets and choices.
* Must make use of agricultural water for irrigation based on peer-reviewed science; studies show antibiotic resistant genes in waste water effluence; no loop-holes for using municipal public water or municipal waste water effluence.
* Sewage sludge/biosolids is NOT a safe fertilizer option; peer-reviewed studies show re-growth of E.coli and Salmonella within 20 minutes of testing in 60% of samples. EPA only regulates 9 elements & 2 indicator bacteria in sewage sludge, yet finds 145 elements of concern nationally, including
flame retardants. No loop-holes for sludge!
Testing of sewage sludge/biosolids does not include pharmaceuticals, viruses and chemicals know to contaminant soil and to have plant uptake within the body of the plant. FSMA regulations must create true safe food by discontinuing the use of sewage sludge as a fertilizer.
FDA suggestion to treat irrigation waters with a antimicrobial agent is dangerous for the health of the soil, especially with agents like Triclosan which will destroy necessary soil bacteria.
This United Sludge Free Alliance Call to Action was prepared by Darree Sicher. For more information about United Sludge Free Alliance, please check our website. Article information was gathered from citizen input and the following websites: United Sludge Free Alliance:
Organic Consumers Association: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_28612.cfm
National Sustainable Agricultural Coalition http://sustainableagriculture.net/fsma/
FDA FSMA: Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption link: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/01/16/2013-00123/standards-for-the- growing-harvesting-packing-and-holding-of-produce-for-human-consumption