Legislators Voice Concern Regarding Use of Biosolids in Local Mine Reclamation

HARRISBURG – State Senator David G. Argall (R-29) and State Representative Jerry Knowles (R-124) today expressed strong concerns regarding the use of biosolids, also referred to as ‘treated sewer sludge,’ in the reclamation of abandoned strip mines in Schuylkill Township.

Their concerns were prompted by a proposal Wednesday evening of an Elizabethtown-based consulting firm to the Schuylkill Township Board of Supervisors to use Harrisburg City sewer sludge around the communities of Mary D and Tuscarora in Schuylkill Township.

“Throughout my professional career I have heard the “pros” and “cons” for the use of biosolids on abandoned mine lands and I am well aware of the potential for damage to our local environment,” Knowles said. “I was shocked when I read the newspaper and learned of the proposal. I will do everything in my power to ensure that the health and welfare of our residents remain a top priority, and nothing less.”

“I will not trade the long-term quality of life for local residents in order to reclaim abandoned mine lands,” Knowles added.

“This is the first time many local residents have heard of this proposal, and they are very concerned about the future of their community. What sounds like a simple proposal may, in fact, have significant ramifications on the health of our entire region,” Argall said. “State and local officials need to carefully evaluate this matter and its potential impact to area residents.”

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