Wednesday, August 15, 2012

LV Sierra Club is Taking No Shit!

When a three-month old baby drops a load, we all giggle and clean it up. But when it's a 61 year-old man, it can kill people. In fact, Saddam Hussein once offered to buy my droppings, but I'm a patriot.

So when I read about farmers who spread human fecal matter all over their field, I want to hurl. Safe or not, environmentally friendly or not, it's just gross.

And it may less environmentally safe than the shit sellers claim. The Lehigh Valley Sierra Club, for that reason, is opposed to a sewage sludge treatment facility, near the Delaware River in Upper Mount Bethel Township. Supervisors are expected to vote on the issue on Monday, August 20, 7 PM, in a meeting at the Upper Mount Bethel Firehouse. The Sierra Club would like an environmental impact study first.

McGill Environmental Systems has proposed a 100,000 sq ft facility, located just 1200 feet from the Delaware River. So an impact study sounds reasonable. Although the company is promising an odor free and safe facility, it will be processing type 2 sewage sludge.

Apparently, like good wines, sludge is rated by age. Type 2 sludge is shit that's just three months old. It tends to have a high concentration of heavy metals. If it's my sludge, it's radioactive.

"The Sierra Club opposes the land application of municipal sewage sludges as a fertilizer and/or soil amendment because the current policies and regulations governing this practice are not adequately protective of human health and the environment."

In other words, they're taking no shit.

McGill, incidentally, had a facility in Harmony, New Jersey. But it was closed by the state under less than harmonious circumstances, after the shit began leaking into nearby wells.

At first, New Jersey-ites thought they were drinking coffee! But it obviously damaged their brains, because they all started moving here.

If you want to say no to shit, you can contact the Sierra Club's shit contact, Don Miles, at (610) 730-2514. He's also a lawyer, so he's used to shit.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gee, Bernie, thanks for the "shit contact" compliment. My mother will be so proud.

- Don Miles

Bernie O'Hare said...

Heh, heh. I could not resist having some fun with this, Don.

Hokie Joe said...

How can something so right turn into such a shitty mess. Anyone who is old enough to remember the "honey dippers" knows that it was a thankless but necessary job. They dumped their waste on the farmers fields and the farmers were thankful for it. Those honey dipping outhouse cleaners provided a needed service to both the farmer and the outhouse owner. Another thing to think about.....When you tour historic places like Williamsburg, Monticello, Jefferson's summer home at "Popular Forrest", Jamestown, (and the list go on and on) you will find them excavating the old sites of outhouses for artifacts. We spoke to a guy who told us that he was an authority on shit. It turned out that he didn't know "shit from Shinola" and you could tell by the smell of his shoes.

Anonymous said...

No one says a word about all the shit that's being spread during this election year and that is being spread knee deep all over America.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Good point.

Anonymous said...

As long as it's in the Slate Belt where it belongs, no worried.

Anonymous said...

Nobody minds the aroma of their own brand. Use local shit and nobody will care. Everybody poops. I can't bring myself to eat mushrooms, though.

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of one of my favorite typos ever in the Morning Call (wished I'd saved it).

Back in the 80s in the early days of the NJ Zinc reclaimation attempts up near Palmerton, someone proposed doing exactly this on the moonscaped hills up there to encourage new growth.

The MC erroneously(?) referred to "applying a lawyer of sludge" to the land.

Anonymous said...

here you go with the bleeding heart liberal environmental wackos trying to control everything.

next thing you know they'll want bernie to shower

used to be nice said...

pump the stuff into beltzville - since certain people have taken over what used to be a nice place it is now nothing but a contaminated water hole.

the do gooders won't protest or make a statement about that because it might not be politically correct.

In short these creamies are 2 - faced

Anonymous said...

Uncle Remus said..

anon 8:27 sounds like me. He must be great!

Karen.Feridun said...

Let's not overlook the work of Darree Sicher, founder of the Berks County based United Sludge-Free Alliance who was working with them early on.

Anonymous said...

Isn't the spreading of shit on a field what the organic craze is all about? I guess "organic" sounds better than "grown with and formerly covered by fecal matter"

encoded said...

feed all welfare abusers this wonderful stuff - problem solved

It used to be a nice place said...

leighton man found dead at belzville - probably overcome by lationo shitters

Anonymous said...

And just where was this Sierra Club when sludge was spread on fields in LMBT with Ron Angle's blessings??

The plant in harmony was not owned by McGill by the way.

Bernie O'Hare said...

That information was included in the Sierra Club's news release, and if it is inaccurate that will undoubtedly be pointed out Monday night. I can say that i am unable to find out one way or the other after searching the Internet, so I suspect you have information not generally known.

As for Ron Angle, this is a matter that is either safe or is not. Your personal animosity for him should have nothing to do with that question.