Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | June 1, 2009

Kentucky environmental attorney Sanders says EPA is rolling out a huge dog and pony show for Alabama site where perflourochemicals were applied to fields as fertilizer.

On Tuesday, June 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host a public availability session and meeting at the Moulton Recreation Center in Moulton, Ala., to share information with residents about the status of the investigation of perflourochemical contamination from biosolids applied to agricultural fields near Decatur, Ala. 

Representatives from EPA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Alabama Departments of Environmental Management (ADEM), Agriculture and Industries (ADA&I), and Public Health (ADPH), and Decatur Utilities will participate in the meeting.

A public availability session will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. to answer residents’ questions one-on-one.  The public meeting will be held from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., and there will be an opportunity for additional questions and answers at the conclusion of the meeting.  All interested persons are encouraged to attend.

WHAT:            Public availability session and meeting

WHO:              Representatives from the U.S. EPA, USDA, FDA, ADEM, ADA&I, ADPH, and Decatur Utilities

WHEN:           Tuesday, June 2, 2009

WHERE:         Moulton Recreation Center

                       13550 Court Street

                        Moulton, Ala.

Perfluorochemicals (PFCs) are a family of manmade chemicals that have been used for decades to make products that resist heat, oil, stains, grease and water. Consumers instantly recognize them as household miracles of modern chemistry. 

PFCs are a family of substances that keeps food from sticking to pots and pans, repels stains on furniture and rugs, and makes the rain roll off raincoats. Industry makes use of the slippery, heat-stable properties of these same chemicals to manufacture everything from airplanes and computers to cosmetics and household cleaners.

Some of the chemicals in the PFC group are perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS; C8F17SO3), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA; C8F15O2H), and perfluorobutanoic acid (PFBA; C4F7O2H). The chemical structures of PFCs make them extremely resistant to breakdown in the environment.  PFCs are manmade chemicals; they do not naturally occur in nature.

Clean Water Act rules allow biosolids to be land applied as a soil amendment and fertilizer as long as monitoring for regulated chemicals is performed. Because perfluorochemicals are manmade or manufactured chemicals, they are, in most cases, not regulated by the EPA.  Without regulation, there is no requirement to test biosolid for the presence of PFCs.  

We are closely following this PFC debacle in Alabama, and hope that someone attending this informational meeting will send us follow up comments and pictutes from the public meeting.

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  1. Is it hard to plow a field that nothing stciks to?


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