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SLUDGE VICTIMS

May 2001 update - compiled by Helane Shields - prepared for WWW by ESRA

STATEMENT BY LINDA CASHER

582 Birch Run Road, Snow Shoe, Pa. 16874 814-387-4172

I was first exposed to sludge 4 days ago. I was working in my mobile home ... I had the windows open .... suddenly this outrageous smell wafted through it smelled like dead bodies ... dead animals. It makes you absolutely nauseated. I am suffering severe headaches from the odors.

I live in a rural area .... in most families, both people work .... we are middle class people of modest financial means. I cannot afford to move away.

The sludge is apparently lime stabilized sludge from the City of Philadelphia, being spread by Biogro. It was 80 degrees -- I live in a trailer ... I don't have air conditioning. The sludge is about 500 -600 yards from my house. What makes me the maddest is they only have to notify the person connected to the sludge site ... they never notified anyone else but they "accidentally" put the sludge on land of the person between us and the sludged field and no-one notified us. They are very arrogant.

Adverse health effects we have experienced since being exposed to the sludge, include diarrhea, cramps and abdominal distress, severe fatigue, headaches and nausea.

I contacted the Pa. DEP and Doug Sayer told me I would have to live with it -- it is an act of nature. I told him it is man made -- not an act of nature. He told me it was "not that bad". I contacted my State Senator and State Representative. My State Representative said I would get a letter within a week ... and my State Senator called Hawk Run.. the PA DEP --and told me someone from there would call me. They said it would stop for a few days because of the smell. I am NOT the only one complaining. My State Representative told me this smell could go on for a year. Doug Sayer of PA DEP told me "they don't have their facts right."

They don't care about the effect it is having on us.

PENNSYLVANIA SLUDGE VICTIM SUFFERS DIARRHEA, CRAMPS AND ABDOMINAL DISTRESS, SEVERE FATIGUE, HEADACHES AND NAUSEA


(Telephone statement and Email to Helane Shields, May 7, 2001)

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