The Stowe Reporter is reporting that Stowe, Vermont residents are upset by the town’s decision to renew a permit to turn sewer sludge into fertilizer, which they say results in noxious odors several times a year. The town treats human waste received through its sewer system and turns it into fertilizer. The resulting product is known as biosolids. The plant currently produces Class A biosolids, which do not contain disease-causing pathogens. Those Class A biosolids are used as fertilizer by the Parks and Recreation Department, as well as landscapers and private citizens. The plant also has permission, however, to produce Class B biosolids, which do contain pathogens. The renewed permit contains a provision allowing the sewer plant to produce the Class B biosolids if the plant isn’t working correctly. It may then spread the Class B biosolids on land at the nearby Mayo Farm, which is adjacent to a popular recreation path. Although this has not taken place since 2008, residents, and particularly those who use the path often, are incredibly concerned. Many submitted comments to the state expressing their concerns about both types of biosolids.
I do not currently represent anyone at this site. I, along with Vermont attorney Anthony Roisman and Vermont Law School graduate Zak Johnson, represent over a thousand similarly situated people around the country in various odor nuisance cases. To find out how The Simon Law Firm can help, contact environmental attorney Todd Hageman.