At the recent Jackson County Commission work session, several Jackson County residents, gathered to voice their concerns on the subject of Biosolids.


Biosolids are created at the Moccasin Bend Wastewater Treatment Plantin in Chattanooga. The Biosolid Coordinator, Karen Styers, and Deputy Director, Jeff Rose, were present.
Styers and Rose discussed how the plant works and how the treatment of the Biosolids are handled.
The treatment plant must present the contents of the Biosolids to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) for regulation, according to Rose, and the use of Biosolids is protected by the EPA in the standards for the use or disposal of sewage sludge.
Once tests are passed and permits are granted, the Biosolid is distributed to farms as fertilizer for no cost.
 “This stuff right here I think is all over the almighty dollar,” said Dean Smith, a Flat Rock resident. “I have a $35,000 in-ground pool that we can’t even use half of the time. You cannot enjoy your own property, and I have been here for 30 years. You all in the city have not seen anything yet. The smell is unbearable.”
Barbara Holland said she has sludge coming into her property, and she claims the well on her property was contaminated because of it. Holland stated, that the farmers spreading Biosolid have no respect. “You have people sick and spending their last days like this,” said Holland. “The whole community has anxiety over this and we should not have to live this way. It is all about the money. Everyone that is spreading this stuff can afford to do better, and I think it is time people in Jackson County wake up and sign these petitions.”
Melissa Roberts said that her health has been affected, as well.“I was perfectly healthy when I first moved to Flat Rock in 2005,” said Roberts. “I was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer in 2009.” Roberts claims that her sickness is related to the Biosolids.“I am always sick,” she said. “My kids are five and seven, and they are always sick. It has to do with what is being put on our land. I am 38, and I have been dealing with this since I was 30. It is ridiculous. All I want to do is see my kids live, and now I have this rare form of cancer, and I do not know if I will be able to do that. Is that right?”
“Flat Rock Community has a rich heritage of love and respect for our neighbors,” said Judy Pike. “As a lifetime resident of this proud little community, it is devastating to observe the land and water contamination accompanied by the horrific smell of the human waste being hauled and dumped without restrictions being followed. A rep for Moccasin Bend stated that the purpose of the program was to help poor farmers with fertilizer for their crops. My response is that poor farmers think more of their land than that.”
The petition against dumping Biosolids in the Flat Rock area is still available to sign. There is a Facebook group that can be found at www.facebook.com/ups/1290634821024265, and the petition can be found online at www.ipetitions.com/petition/stop-the-use-of-bio-solids-in-jackson-county-al.

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