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Slide, runoff add to Dallas biosolids complaints

May 13, 2016 12:49 P.M.
Landslide above Dallas subdivision is visible from Kokanee Way.

A group of Dallas residents is meeting with MLAs Friday, May 13, hoping to get more than sympathy for their ongoing worries about a biosolids mixing operation above their homes.

Their troubles were exacerbated on Wednesday, May 11, by a silt-bluff landslide and runoff they’re convinced was caused by irrigation of fields treated with Class B biosolids. 

The latest problems arose when there was no rain, leading them to wonder what might happen when heavy seasonal rains arrive. Silt-laden water was running through Kokanee Court, a subdivision at Dallas Drive and Kokanee Way, in two locations.

“There was no rain whatsoever,” said one resident, blaming the runoff on irrigation pipes at Blackwell Dairy Farm. 

A Kamloops Fire Rescue truck along with City officials responded to the drainage issue Thursday. A protection officer with B.C. Ministry of Environment also visited the site.

The farm has leased part of its pasture to Arrow Transportation, which has been mixing biosolids on the site for the past two years. Residents have approached the City and provincial government ministries for more than a year with complaints about health effects they attribute to the biosolids operation. Unable to get any government to address the problem, some residents have given up lobbying.

On Friday, a resident noted that the runoff, which he suspects may contain biosolids leachate, drains directly into the South Thompson River, the City’s main water supply.

Alan Dubbs says:
May 15, 2016 08:00pm

The facility is right on top of hills above a residential neighbourhood, there are studies that show this should not be allowed, yet our MOH & MOT MLAs choose to allow this practise despite this health related issue. Harry Lali is going to get some votes in the Nicola Valley and here as well, he really is fighting to stop this "political" hot potato! You will see this as the NDP Health critic gets more involved now that this is snowballing into an election issue!

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myra dotson says:
May 15, 2016 02:43pm

This article states: the runoff, which he suspects may contain biosolids leachate, drains directly into the South Thompson River, the City’s main water supply. So the cityfolk will enjoy having their own waste coming out of their tap!? ... I do not think so... The disposal of concentrated toxic sewage sludge on land is not a problem only for rural residents... for more information see SEWAGE SLUDGE ACTION NETWORK on Facebook.. and www.sewagesludgeactionnetwork.com

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Gary Chandler says:
May 15, 2016 11:36am

It's time to treat sewage sludge as infectious waste not fertilizer. If farmers and ranchers don't care about human health risks, ask yourselves about the costs of a mad cow disease epidemic or chronic wasting disease. These are prion diseases and sewage sludge is a prion super-highway. http://crossbowcommunications.com/land-application-of-sewage-sludge-spreading-brain-disease/ Look at the risk assessments for the land application of sewage sludge. Prions are not accounted for because there is no answer. Therefore, these risk assessments are either incomplete, incompetent, or reckless. Plus, the risk assessments were prepared by the U.S. EPA, not Canadian scientists. That alone should outlaw the practice in Canada immediately. http://crossbowcommunications.com/land-application-of-sewage-sludge-spreading-brain-disease/

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Caroline Snyder says:
May 14, 2016 11:20am

Dallas residents whose health is being adversely effected by this contaminated waste mixture should not give up but continue lobbying and unite with other rural protesters north of Vancouver to ban this mixing operation. For a link to a newly posted Tool Kit for Activists visit www.sludgefacts.org

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Jayne says:
May 13, 2016 09:33pm

How did an operation like this ever get approved by the city or the provincial government? Residents having health problems, and now questions about run off in to the Thompson, our drinking water comes from here! Is the Minister of Health one of the people they met with, and does he have any idea what is going on in his own back yard?

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Molly-beth Wilson says:
May 14, 2016 05:07pm

Minister Lake seems to be deaf and Mr. Stone is seemingly blind to the issues. We have spoken to their offices and basically gotten gobly speak from both. They hope you get tired or too sick to be be able to complain anymore.
Vancouver is moving it's crap ..literally ,up here!!!

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Barnhartvale.biosolids.awareness says:
May 14, 2016 02:07pm

It would be fantastic if more people were to ask the Health and Environment Ministers, as well as the city of Kamloops those questions!

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John says:
May 14, 2016 10:54am


Let’s just take a minute to think about what biosolids are. Think about the soap, body wash, etc. that goes down the drain when you shower. Think about your kitchen sink, your dishwasher, laundry, all the detergents, bleach, fabric softener. Think about what you put down the toilet. Think for a minute about what goes into drain from your hair dresser, mechanics shop, laundromat. Think about what industries , manufacturing and hospitals put down their drains. When the water is filtered and cleaned, and put back in rivers and oceans what is left behind? De-watered sludge. It is then heated in an attempt to kill pathogens, and suddenly, biosolids – an excellent fertilizer for farm land! Does heating up sewer sludge take out all the chemicals, soaps etc.? How could it possibly? Once it is mixed with some sand and sawdust how on earth does it magically become “organic topsoil”, biosolids are banned in organic farming for goodness sakes. Biosolids dumping is prohibited in our oceans, lakes and rivers, how then can it possibly be good for the soil?
No small wonder the people living in close proximity to this operation are concerned, we should all be.

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Don Vincent says:
May 13, 2016 03:58pm

The idea of mixing Biosolids (toxic sewer sludge)with dairy cattle is reckless - see this recent study from the UK - http://www.newsweek.com/eating-meat-grazed-human-sewage-might-lower-female-fertility-432537

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