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.