More than 45 residents jammed the Board of Supervisors’ meeting to learn what exactly their elected officials were prepared to do about the application of sludge by farmers that is contaminating their water wells with E.coli.
“The state is forcing sludge onto our land and there is not a thing you or I can do about it,” Commissioner David Najarian told the crowd.
Najarian cited ACRE/Act 38, passed in 2005 by the Pennsylvania Legislature and supported later by then Attorney General Tom Corbett that townships are not allowed to regulate the application of sludge.
rather odd a bill became law with the support of the AG..I always thought the Gov had to sign a bill???
House Bill 1646, known as the ACRE bill, was approved by the House June 30 2005 by a 131 to 65 vote and by the
Senate July 4 2005 by a 49 to 1 vote. The governor signed the bill July 6 2005 the same day it reached his desk.
The OP stated it was passed by the PA Legislature and later supported by (not signed by) then AG Corbett.
The sludge is really bad in areas of SE york county as well. The increase in flies, and stink of well water in those areas is pretty bad.
Here's another unrealized risk. The increase of nitrates in the ground water has cost some developers their ability to build on land. Several townships have severely restricted building in areas because the nitrate levels in ground water are unsafe for well water consumption and alread subdivided lots and building rights can't be used until "city water" pipes are laid into those areas. One retired farmer in Peach bottom township had his farm go from an 80 lot approved subdivision worth a couple million to next just plain old farmland. He may have been better off trying to sell the development rights to a preservation group. The nitrates are over double the safe levels. The culprit, big contract farming operations that injected hundreds of thousands of gallons of effluent per year in a little less than 12 years. All in accordance with the insanely high levels approved by DEP.
We have permitted the poisoning of our ground water to be protected by the dangerous acceptable levels set by bureaucrats.
a hundred acre farm could take care of a barn and a farm house and a well or two with few if any problems.. Now you want to put 80 houses streets, 80 wells on the same ground and wonder why we have problems...
The state does not test well water for the presence of pesticides. Do you wonder why? I don't.
It was interesting to see that in his rush to blame everything bad on republicans, the OP missed the boat this time and lo and behold, it was a democrat who signed a bill passed by a legislature controlled by democrats? Who woulda thunk it?