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May 2001 update - compiled by Helane Shields - prepared for
WWW by ESRA
www.sludgevictims.net

2002 Update

VIRGINIA -  Henry Staudinger  -- The Uncensored Story     SLUDGE/biosolids  --- TOMS BROOK - NOVEMBER
4,1999 VICTIMS SUFFER BURNING EYES, COUGHING, DIFFICULTY IN BREATHING, SEVERE ALLERGIC
REACTION, HOSPITALIZATION - FISH IN POND DIE.
Virginia    --- Studies Question Sludge-Use Safety -- Toxic chemicals called BDEs, or brominated diphenyl ethers, have
been found in sewage sludge, fish tissue and mother's milk -- researcher suspect BDEs may impair the immune
system or delay intellectual development

Virginia -- Persistent pollutants in land-applied sludges/biosolids-- NATURE Vol. 412, 12 July 2001

VIRGINIA INSTITUTE OF MARINE SCIENCE: --ACUTELY TOXIC ALKYLPHENOL ETHOXYLATES, NONYLPHENOLS, etc.
-- FROM COMMERCIAL AND HOUSEHOLD DETERGENTS -- ARE PRESENT IN SEWAGE SLUDGE AND CAN
DISRUPT ENDOCRINE SYSTEMS AND "CAUSE ADVERSE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS".

Chatham, -- Elaine Moore -- Sludge victims suffer sore throat, coughing, sever headaches, choking up and
dizzy spell

Culpeper, -- Culpeper News -- Biosolids happens -- Sludge hits the fan in Culpeper

CULPEPER, --  STATEMENT AND NEWS ARTICLE - SPRING 2000 RE: SLUDGE VICTIMS  -DOYNE SHRADER, THE
HANDSHYS, THE SETTLES AND DIANE RENO

CULPEPER - -  Lori Handshy --  The Story of Someone That Does Not Exist  -- VICTIM SUFFERS SEVERE
HEADACHES, CONSTANT COUGH, NAGGING FATIGUE, NAUSEA, SEVERE DIARRHEA, RESPIRATORY
PROBLEMS INCLUDING CHOKING INABILITY TO BREATH.
STATE AND FEDERAL HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY "NO DOCUMENTED CASES OF ILLNESS (FROM SLUDGE)" ...
YOUR SYMPTOMS ARE "PSYCHOSOMATIC.

CULPEPER -  -- Sludge VICTIM Doyne Schrader SUFFERS BREATHING DIFFICULTIES, THICK MUCUS, FATIGUE,
STOMACH CRAMPS, HEADACHES, SKIN RASHES, CYST, BURNING IN MOUTH AND THROAT

Cumberland, -- Gertrude Carter -- Sludge victims suffer adverse health effects, including asthma -- Doctor
says sludge is bad for people

Farmville, - - SLUDGE VICTIM  Cynthia Mann SUFFERS GAGGING, INABILITY TO EAT, STOMACH PAINS AND
CRAMPS, HORRIBLE HEADACHES ... "THAT STUFF GETS IN YOUR NOSE AND SUFFOCATES YOU"

King William County, --- Sludge-Spreading Raising Concerns Over Health Fears -- Sludge victims complain of odors
and illness

Louisa County, -- Sludge Victim James Lear's  Doctor links shin rash and pruritus to sludge exposure
               Photo

Norfolk- -- SHIPYARDS DISCHARGE TOXIC PESTICIDE - TRIBUTYLTIN - INTO PUBLIC SEWERS "VERY, VERY, VERY
HIGH NUMBERS OF CONTAMINATION"

Prince George County,-- SLUDGE VICTIM DEVELOPED A NASTY RASH - KIDS STARTED COMING DOWN WITH
INEXPLICABLE ILLNESSES - JAMES LEAR WOKE UP COVERED HEAD TO FOOT WITH MYSTERIOUS BOILS -
HIS DOCTOR SAYS SKIN ERUPTIONS WHICH LASTED FOR 3 MONTHS MIGHT BE CONNECTED TO AIRBORNE
BACTERIA FROM SLUDGE ON NEARBY PASTURE.

Waterford, -- SLUDGE VICTIMS William Mulaire SUFFER PNEUMONIA, ASTHMA, ACUTE RESPIRATORY TRAUMA;
THICK, CHOKING MUCUS, NOSEBLEEDS; SORES IN NOSTRILS & UNDER EYES; MIGRAINE HEADACHES & EYE
INFECTIONS

Waterford -- -- SLUDGE VICTIM Barbara Rubin  SUFFER SEVERE RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS, BRONCHITIS, SINUS
INFECTIONS, FLU, NOSEBLEEDS, GASTROINTESTINAL ILLNESSES, PNEUMONIA, SKIN LESIONS AND RASHES,
HEADACHES, BURNING EYES, NOSE, THROAT AND LUNGS, CARDIOMYOPATHY, CANCERS AND OTHER
ILLNESSES

Westmoreland County,  -- BROMINATED DIPHEPJYL ETHERS IN SLUDGE MAY BE CONTAMINATING MARINE LIFE.   
SLUDGE ALSO CONTAINS NONYLPHENOLS - AN ENDOCRINE DISRUPTING .In -  CHEMICAL REGULATED IN
EUROPE - BUT NOT IN USA.

WIRTZ, -- HEARTBROKEN RETIREE SEES POND DESTROYED BY FECAL COLIFORM CONTAMINATION FROM
SLUDGE RUN OFF. Battle lines drawn on both sides of controversial Issue --
Sludge a dirty word for all
Critics cite runoff, odor and health questions related to the use of treated waste. Supporters say it is a safe,
affordable form of fertilizer.

Victoria, -- FIELDS FERTILIZED WITH SLUDGE DANGEROUS DURING DROUGHT - EXCESS NITRATES CAN CAUSE
ABORTIONS AND KILL COWS OR CATTLE



2002 - 2005 Update

VIRGINIA -- DR. MARK LEVINE, MD, MPH, LOCAL HEALTH DISTRICT DIRECTOR, RECOMMENDS 1.5 MILE
BUFFER BETWEEN SEWAGE SLUDGE "BIOSOLIDS" AND NEIGHBORING HOMES

Richmond --  CITIZEN ADVOCATE Clarence Williams PLEADS WITH STATE OFFICIALS TO LISTEN TO DOCTORS
AND PROTECT VICTIMS' HEALTH -STATE SLUDGE BULLIES IGNORE PUBLIC CONCERNS, FORCE
TOXIC/PATHOGENIC URBAN AND INDUSTRIAL WASTES ON UNWILLING RURAL VIRGINIA COMMUNITIES -

VIRGINIA - - GOVERNOR AND STATE OFFICIALS IGNORE PLEAS FROM SLUDGE VICTIMS REGARDING
DIMINISHED QUALITY OF LIFE, FOUL ODORS, NOISE, DUST, HEALTH CONCERNS FROM AIRBORNE
MICROORGANISMS

Dinwiddie, -- Sludge victims, David and Rebecca Duffy, suffer reeking water, strong stench, state "Regulators" (Bullies)
protect sludge dumpers (Synagro) -- The victims are ignored.

Farmville, -- Donna Groseclose letter to Dr. Stroube, VA Commissioner of Health --
Sludge spreading causes respiratory infection in Arabian horse - farm owner asks for increased buffer between
sludged fields and her property this year to protect her horses, and tenants and other residents with medical
problems -- Virginia Dept. of Health Refuses her request.

Farmville, -- Clarence Williams letter to Dr. Stroube, VA Commissioner of Health Re: Donna Groseclose --
Virginia sludge regulators and public health officials refuse to increase sludge setbacks to protect health of sick
residents who live nearby

Farmville, --- Virginia sludge regulators and public health officials ignore Doctor Vara P. Bonagiri's letter detailing his
patients', Lillian and Shirley Reed, medical conditions and stating that sludge spreading may contribute to
deterioration of both patients' health.




PROSPECT, PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, --  SLUDGE VICTIM JANICE BUCHHOLZ SUFFERS CHEMICAL BURNS OF
EYES, NOSE AND THROAT, LUNG INFECTION - SLUDGE BULLIES AT VA. DEPT. OF HEALTH PROTECT THE
WASTE INDUSTRY, IGNORE THE VICTIM

Waterford, -- 120 SLUDGE VICTIMS WHO SUFFER ALLERGIC, VIRAL AND BACTERIAL ILLNESSES ARE
SUPPORTED BY LEESBURG PHYSICIAN

Waterford, -- US Senators, John Warner and George Allen, as well as Rep. Frank Wolf were informed by Waterford
resident Barbara Rubin that state officials deny any public complaints about sludge, but refuse to view video tape
documenting statements by sewage victims about adverse health effects and environmental damage.

Winchester - Frederick County, -- Sludge victim, Linda J. Messick, rushed to hospital 3 times with life-threatening
allergic reactions -- body covered with hives -- loses consciousness -- suffers flu-like symptoms and severe
diarrhea and vomiting -- allergic reactions and steroid treatments weakened heart and increase risks of cancer,
stroke and heart attacks.

Winchester -- Frederick County, -- Sludge victims choke on ammonia fumes, suffer headaches, sore throats, itchy
eyes, hives and swelling -- Synagro says illnesses are "Psychosomatic" -- VA. sludge "regulator" Cal Sawyer
blames internet and "mass hysteria" What Synagro and Cal Sawyer don't want you to know is that odors are killers.
ODORS FROM SLUDGE BIOSOLIDS DISPOSAL SITES


2005 - 2008 Update

BOYCE – JAN. 2008 - VICTIMS SUFFER FOUL ODORS, NAUSEA, DIARRHEA; DOCTOR SAYS STAY INSIDE AND DON’
T USE WELL WATER

CLARKE COUNTY – JAN. 2008 – SLUDGE VICTIMS SUFFER VILE ODORS, NAUSEA, DIARRHEA – DOCTOR SAYS
STAY INSIDE AND WARNS AGAINST USE OF WELL WATER

PAMPLIN – JAN. 2008 – WASTE COMPANY AND “REGULATORS” IGNORE PLEA NOT TO SPREAD SLUDGE BY
NEIGHBOR WHO HAS TWO YOUNG BOYS WITH SEVERE BREATHING DISORDERS

PAMPLIN – SLUDGE VICTIMS SUFFER UPPER RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS, INFLAMED THROAT, HEADACHES,
RASHES, STOMACH PROBLEMS, PNEUMONIA, E. COLI IN LUNGS, BACTERIAL INFECTIONS, HEART ATTACK



2008 -- Update

Virginia sludge truck driver suffers headaches, diarrhea, itching burning eyes, skin rashes, aching bones and muscles,
sores in mouth, stomach pains, sore throat, exhaustion, respiratory problems

Bedford
VIRGINIA SLUDGE VICTIMS SUFFER HACKING COUGHS, HEADACHES, NOSEBLEEDS, VILE STENCH, BACTERIAL
INFECTION IN NOSE, THROAT AND MOUTH SORES, ITCHY RED BLEEDING SORES

VIRGINIA SLUDGE VICTIM SUFFERS PUTRID SMELLS, NAUSEA, AIRBORNE E. COLI AND CHRONIC INFECTIONS IN
LUNGS

Claremont          photo of sludged trees
VIRGINIA SLUDGE VICTIMS SUFFER LUNG DISEASES, COUGHING, NOSEBLEEDS, ITCHY EYES, THROAT
IRRITATION, ALLERGIC REACTIONS, COPD, ASTHMA, DESTROYED PROPERTY VALUE, DRIVEN FROM THEIR
HOME BY POOR HEALTH AND CALLOUS SLUDGE COMPANY AND INDIFFERENT STATE "REGULATORS"

2001 update

Charlottesville --
Carrsbrook neighborhood :


Posted by: Victoria B Dunham | June 01, 2011 at 06:56 PM

Mr Caddell has every reason to be alarmed about the spreading of sludge near his home. For many years,
those of us living closest to the RWSA's biosolids composting operation suffered from a host of chronic
weird lung issues. We'd also get pounding headaches and burning eyes when the wind blew the stench in
our direction. When the RWSA finally closed the operation after many years of complaints, our lung troubles
began to gradually dissipate. I have no idea if my family suffered permanent damage-- for instance, if my
asthma is attributable to the exposure to biosolids-- but would never recommend anyone risk their own
health to find out.

Spreading sludge or composting biosolids near habitation is reckless behavior, plain and simple