Concerns rise over tainted sewage sludge spread on croplands

In this July 31, 2019 photo, Michael Wurts, superintendent of the Lapeer Wastewater Treatment Plant, stands beside tanks of sewage sludge at the plant in Lapeer, Mich. State officials ordered Lapeer to stop distributing its sludge for use as farm fertilizer after it was found to contain toxic PFAS chemicals. Experts are raising concerns that sludge spread on agricultural fields around the U.S. could contaminate crops. About half of the 7 million tons of sludge generated each year is applied to farm fields and other lands.

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