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Photo: 2016 SCAP Biosolids Trends Survey,, accessed May 30, 2017.
Biosolid Sludge Drop

It’s Time
You Know

Our Nation will care about biosolids when our Nation knows about biosolids.  Awareness is our first challenge.  Explore our research findings, slideshow and resources below. It’s time to Get Informed—then Spread The Word.

Key Research Findings

Our testing & research demonstrates the harm from biosolids far outweighs the narrowly-perceived “benefits.”

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DNA evidence linking biosolids
to illness

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Hundreds of harmful pollutants in biosolids identified in our primary testing

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Statistically significant, increased relative risk of disease in my “biosolids community”

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Pathways by which communities are exposed to pathogens and toxins from biosolids

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Antibiotic Resistant Pathogens growth on biosolids farmland

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Biosolids Pollutants detected in deer lung tissue near my home. & Much More

Whether biosolids are discarded on farmland, landfilled, composted, or bagged for retail, the 503 Rule creates harmful pollution-pathways into our lives.
Please Get Informed, Spread the Word, and Get Involved with Mission503 today.  Together, we can do this. 

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Slideshow of Key Findings

Chart showing data files indicate increased relative risk of disease in my biosolids community vs my state of Oklahoma
Map showing how my Community Has Endured 40+ Years of Biosolids Exposure
Biosolids Pollution Pathways
Graph showing that DNA Connects Biosolids to My Home
Chart showing how DNA Connects Biosolids to My Illness
Bar Graph showing DNA Analysis & Bacteria Cultures Find Antibiotic Resistance in our Biosolids & Farmland
Chart showing the staggering death toll of drug-resistant bacteria, which can be caused by biosolids
Document showing what else has been found in our biosolids
Graph showing that chemicals in biosolids escape into our breathing space
Chart showing that metals tell a story in animal tissue
Chart showing the strongest relationship of biosolids to animal tissue is the lung
Chart showing Oklahoma Patient Diagnoses: Hospital Inpatient Discharge Data 2010-2015*
Map showing that my biosolids community is just one of many across my State... and our Nation
Biosolids are Polluting Life and Life-Sustaining Resources
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Supporting documents for various slides are located in ”Our Lab Results on Class B Biosolids & More” below

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Our Lab Results on Class B Biosolids & More

The Class B biosolids disposed in my community meet the standards of the federal 503 Rule.  We’ve tested it.  You be the judge.  Does this look like fertilizer to you, and would you want it near your home or your child’s school?  

The files below are our independent lab results of Class B biosolids showing mercury, hexavalent chromium, highly poisonous metals, dioxin, flame retardants, VOCs/SVOCs, viable pathogens, antibiotic resistance, cryptosporidium, industrial solvents, and the real amount of phosphorus, as well as other harmful pollutants.  We’ve also posted additional key findings of our testing and research, like PFAS in farm soil, dioxin next door to a middle school, and the analysis of biosolids metals in animal tissue.     

You can also read our pediatrician’s 2016 letter of concern, which was ignored.  It’s time you know the truth about biosolids. 

Why Class A is Not a Solution

Often disguised by the term “compost”, Class A and Class A EQ are biosolids containing harmful pollutants despite the claims they are safe and protective of human health.  Converting Class B to Class A and continuing with current land-disposal methods is not a viable solution.  Read these facts. 

Beware of “Beneficial” Claims 

Decades of funding and influence have generated volumes of pro-biosolids “science” in the name of beneficial-reuse, water environment stewardship, improving soil structure, carbon sequestration, crop yields, cost-savings for farmers, saving the landfills, nutrient replacement, waste innovation, conservation, and the list goes on.   

Beware.  These are partial stories that can be very misleading.  For example, a crop study will not monitor for spreading antibiotic resistance, nor will it tell you about the respiratory infections of downwind neighbors.

And do not be fooled by claims of biosolids being “organic”.  Organic literally means “carbon-containing”, which includes things like bacteria, benzene, and gasoline.  Organic does not mean “USDA Organic”, nor does it mean clean or safe.  

Millions of dollars are spent to convince us that land-disposal of sewage sludge is a good idea.  The evidence says it is not.

Biosolids by State

The National Biosolids Data Project (NBDP) is administered by a consortium of biosolids advocacy enterprises.  Although we do not share their position on biosolids, their important work of cataloguing national biosolids data is excellent and informative.  Find your state’s biosolids disposal practices on the pdf below or use the link to the NBDP website.

Global Biosolids

Biosolids are a global issue.  Unfortunately, many nations have taken the path of land-disposing on agricultural farmland.  Below are stories from other nations, as well as the global atlas on biosolids where you will find an abundance of the same concerning practices and “beneficial claims”.

Silencing the Science

Silencing dissent is unfortunately a cornerstone of biosolids policy and still exists today.  Scientists are warned and intimidated.  Concerned citizens are harassed.  These tactics have been highly effective in keeping biosolids off the national radar and stifling broad research.  This is yet another unsavory but important truth about biosolids that you need to know.

Landfilling is Not the Solution

Biosolids are also disposed in landfills, nationally and globally.  Landfilling is often the convenient alternative to farmland-disposal, but even the EPA acknowledges the risks.  Disposing biosolids in the landfill creates exposure through leachate and aerosolization, as well as contributes to methane emissions.  Landfilling is not a solution.  It is a problem.

What Should Be Done With Biosolids?

Biosolids can no longer be disposed into our lives and life-sustaining resources.  The trucks must keep running, but they need a new destination.

We need two solutions working in tandem:  1) A new federal rule that abolishes the land-disposal of biosolids, while providing for the safe utilization of extractible resources, safe and sustainable conversion of biosolids to energy for new wastewater infrastructure, and responsible destruction of remaining waste; and 2) Next-Tier National Infrastructure (NTNI) that accommodates our Nation’s widely diverse, existing municipal wastewater framework by providing new destinations for biosolids haulers at scientifically and mechanically-advanced, energy self-sufficient, environmentally-responsible, new and retrofit installations.

Mission503 will lead the way with a working group of collaborative scientists, engineers, researchers, citizens, as well as industry and policy leaders.  We must first, however, establish national awareness that there is a problem worth solving.  We need your help.  Please join us!  Get involved today!

So, If Biosolids Are So Bad, Why Do Farmers Use Them?

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Simply stated, farmers use biosolids because the 503 Rule gives the illusion that biosolids are a safe and appropriate fertilizer—at little to no cost.  They are also enticed by beneficial claims, partial scientific truths, and sometimes lucrative incentives.   

The enticements range from promises of improved soil and greater yields to cost savings on commercial fertilizer.  Many, not all, are paid to receive biosolids.  And unfortunately, some biosolids disposal operations appear to be farms, but the crop is secondary to the biosolids operation.  Read example here.

Not all farmers use biosolids.  Many are strongly opposed.  Legitimate farmers that use biosolids would likely not use them if the 503 Rule disclosed what was in them.  And consumers would not knowingly buy products grown, or grazed, on biosolids (remember, it is sewage sludge).  Bottom line is… the 503 Rule does not sell the whole truth to the American farmer or the American consumer.