Ask White House & EPA to Ban Land Application of Sewage Sludge Biosolids
Posted Jan 01 2013 12:00am
URGENT: sludge ban
petition/please sign There is an excerpt from and link to an article by David Lewis titled
Institutional Researcher Misconduct: An Honest Researcher's Worst Nightmare that will put this petition into context. From the intro: Scientists have implicated environmental pollutants and pediatric
vaccines as possible causes behind the rising incidence of autism
spectrum disorders (ASDs). Some vaccines may also increase the risks
associated with environmental pollutants linked to autism. Government
organizations and the pharmaceutical industry, however, are highly
motivated to predetermine the outcomes in this area of research by
funding scientists to support government policies and industry
By David Lewis and Caroline Snyder
To pressure EPA to address the potential for complex
mixtures of neurotoxic pollutants in biosolids to trigger neurological effects
associated with autism, please take a moment to sign the White House petition posted by Dr. Caroline Snyder. I am currently writing an article on this
subject with faculty at Virginia Tech, and would like to refer to the White
House petition if we can get at least a few thousand signatures.
Scientists investigating the role environmental
pollutants play in triggering autism in genetically susceptible children are
focused on traces of a few heavy metals and organic chemicals from automobiles,
coal-fired plants, agricultural practices and other sources. These pollutants
are typically present in air, water, and food products in the low
parts-per-trillion (ppt) range. At the same time, every large municipality
throughout the industrialized world permits chemical wastes to be discharged
into sewer systems where complex mixtures containing hundreds of thousands of
different kinds of fat-soluble heavy metals and toxic organic molecules are
concentrated in sewage sludge.
Most sewage sludge is simply treated with lime to reduce
pathogen levels and odors and then spread on farms, forests, golf-courses,
school playgrounds and other public and private lands as "biosolids."
The same heavy metals and toxic organic chemicals linked to autism in
traditional environmental studies are present in biosolids at high
parts-per-million (ppm) levels, i.e., more than a million times more
concentrated. To suppress valid, independent research on the effects of
biosolids, EPA established a network of land-grant universities to publish
thousands of peer-reviewed scientific articles to support EPA's biosolids
regulations and attack scientists such as myself who document adverse effects.
Please see my Autism Science Digest
article attached to this email.
Lisa Jackson will
be replaced by a new EPA administrator. This is a golden opportunity for
us to use We The People, the Whitehouse
Petition Web site, to request that Obama work with the new EPA Administrator to
ban the land application of sewage sludge . I have drafted a petition.
All you need do is go to the URL below, create a pass word and
sign the petition and then ask family, colleagues, and friends, to sign
it, as well. Use Facebook and Twitter to get more signatures. Once
we have 150 signatures, the petition will be posted on the We the
People web page for others to see, and we will get a lot more
Thank you for starting the New Year with renewed efforts to protect human
health and the environment.
Scientists have implicated environmental pollutants and pediatric vaccines as possible causes behind the rising incidence of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Some vaccines may also increase the risks associated with environmental pollutants linked to autism. Government organizations and the pharmaceutical industry, however, are highly motivated to predetermine the outcomes in this area of research by funding scientists to support government policies and industry practices. Ironically, honest scientists who stand in the way can find themselves charged with research misconduct by institutions seeking to discredit their work. Institutional research misconduct, therefore, involves two powerful forces: supporting institutional policies and practices through acts of fraud, andusing false allegations of research fraud to eliminate opponents. Science has never offered greater hope than it does now for treating and preventing autism, butthat hope diminishes as government and industry surreptitiously mobilize vast resources to protect their own interests.