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6/13/09 Sangerville water tests safe; illness questions persist

May 2001 update - compiled by Helane Shields - prepared for WWW by ESRA at

2002 Update

Unity, -- Elizabeth Flewelling -- sludge victim's statement -- Victim's wells contaminated. They suffer
headaches, diarrhea, stomach upset, weight loss, fatigue, sores in nose, blood problems.
Waterford, -- "The smell was unbearable.... There were maggots on those piles, indicating fly cycles,
indicating that it hadn't been properly lime stabilized."
Livermore Falls, -- Nancy Morris: statement:
Sludge victims suffer dry heaves, lung congestion, uncontrollable coughing, thick yellow mucus,
irregular breathing, gasping for breath; skin rash

Livermore Falls, -- Nancy Morris: Letter to DEP
sludge victims suffer respiratory problem including difficulty breathing, gasping for breath, bronchial infection:
flies and persistent sore throat

2002 - 2005 Update

Sangerville, -- Gravel pit reclamation fouls wells -- Toxic metal increased to levels in excess of Maine's
drinking water standard in all down-gradient wells

Whitefield, -- Sludge victim Jane Russo said her water made her sick after sludge-based compost was
spread on land near her well.

Whitefield, -- Sludge company "New England Organics" receives "Dirty Dozen" award for second year in
a row -- 400 tons of sub-standard sludge compost from heavily industrialized city of Springfield,
Mass. had to be removed from farm and hauled to landfill because it violated Maine rules --
citizens seek local control.