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Subject :  BIOSOLIDS ADS -- WHO IS PAYING WEF - NBP TO PROMOTE SLUDGE? OVER $19 MILLION OF OUR TAX DOLLARS
Date :  Sun, 23 Jun 2002 12:03:41 -0400
FOR THE PERIOD 1996 - 2002, I COME UP WITH A TOTAL OF OVER $19 MILLION OF OUR TAX DOLLARS BEING SHELLED OUT TO THE SLUDGE MERCHANTS TO PROMOTE LAND APPLICATION, BUT NOT ONE CENT TO INVESTIGATE THE GREAT HARM BEING DONE TO HUMAN HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT BY THIS PERNICIOUS PRACTICE.
 
 
WEF - Water Environment Federation -- the lobbying and PR arm of the waste industry
WERF - Water Environmebnt Research Foundation - funds pro-sludge "research"
NBP - National Biosolids Partnership - WEF, US EPA and AMSA (Associated of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies) -- an unholy alliance whose goal is to promote landspreading of sewage sludge, including spreading in unwilling Rural Communities
 
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Per:  Office of Inspector General - Draft Status Report - Water Program:   Land Application of Biosolids - October 26, 2001
 
page 27 - Congressionally "Required" Funds For NBP:
 
Fiscal Year 1999 - Cooperative Agreement CX826458-01   $900,000
 
Fiscal Year 2000 - Cooperative Agreement CX828270-01    $855,000
 
Fiscal Year 2001 - Cooperative Agreement CX828875-01    $997,800 .......TOTAL $2,752,800
 
"The NBP earmarked funds are being used for an Environmental Management System (EMS) project.   According to the NBP, the EMS is being developed to "help organizations that manage biosolids activities assure conpliance with application Federal, State, and local regulatory requirements and address other environmental issues such as odors that could cause community concerns."
 
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also page 27 - WATER ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH FOUNDATION
 
"WERF is also a not-for-profit organization.   It was founded in 1989 by WEF to improve water quality through sound science.   WERF provides a water quality research program addressing current wastewater needs and forecasting future directions.   As with the NBP, in recent years Congress has earmarked funds to EPA for WERF research, and EPA passed these funds (TOTALING $9.5 MILLION) to WERF through a cooperative agreement."
 
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Page 28 - "Exclusive of the Congressionally specified funds, EPA awarded four other cooperative agreements to WEF during fiscal years 1999, 2000 and 2001.  These agreements totaled $315,000.   Competition is encouraged, but generally not required for assistance agreements."
 
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FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2002, I FOUND THE  FOLLOWING:
 
"There is $1 million for the National Biosolids Partnership Program for FY 2002 in the EPA budget."
 
"$3.6 million dollars for WERF is provided in the Senate version of the 2002 budget."
 
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AND HERE IS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION I FOUND IN AN EMAIL I SENT OUT  ON JULY 13, 2001, AFTER RESEARCHING THE ISSUE OF OUR TAX DOLLARS TO THE SLUDGE SLINGERS:
 
HERE IS A HINT OF WHAT  $$$$$$  WE ARE LOOKING AT:

"  EPA has not only refused to address any adverse health effects from the
spreading of sewage sludge, but it has given money to the WEF to debunk
victims claims of harm from exposure to the pollutants in the sludge! For
the purpose of debunking these, what they refer to as "horror stories", EPA
appointed John Walker and Bob Bastian to work with WEF. In their debunking
project, "REST OF THE STORY," Walker and Bastian enlisted the help of the
WEF by giving them an initial $300 thousand dollar grant. Untold amounts of
money have followed.

     In EPA memos dated 10-17-1994, 12-29-1994, and 2-27-1995, WEF's
contribution was discussed and Walker and Bastian suggested a potential
Writer/Coordinator, Dave Trouba, who WEF could hire for the debunking
effort. An additional $650,000 was given to the WEF one year later (WEB
page, March 15, 1996)."
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http://216.32.180.250/cgi-bin/linkrd?_lang=EN&lah=3cbdef877c74ad4e3b06cbc86b6ae560&lat=1024850200&hm___action=http%3a%2f%2fwww%2egoogle%2ecom%2fsearch%3fq%3dcache%3aGWJ7n6Jka1w%3awww%2eamsa%2dcleanwater%2eorg%2fabo
ut/98year/arena.htm+biosolids+partnership,+funding+and+financing&hl=en
1998 -
"The Association met with greater success in pushing for other clean water
funding initiatives. Congress funded the National Biosolids Partnership at
$900,000, only $100,000 less than requested by AMSA. The Association and its
members, along with the Water Environment Federation (WEF), was especially
active in seeking this funding and extends thanks to the many member
agencies which responded to the "call for action" by contacting their local
congressional representatives and requesting support for the program. The
funding will be used to develop a Code of Management Practices that will
govern the management of the biosolids program above and beyond current
federal regulations. "
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Statement by Al Rubin, EPA Office of Water ( SLUDGE) in November 1998 to
Rep. Derek Owen, NH House E & A Committee:

DEREK:  What other funding is the EPA putting into research and
> putting into the partnership (with WEF and AMSA) ??
>
>      RUBIN   CONGRESS GAVE THE EPA $900,000 TO DISBURSE TO THIS
> PARTNERSHIP.   Congress said the EPA and its partners should develop
> responsible biosolids programs biased toward recycling on land.   The
> $900,000 is going into the partnership of the EPA, WEF and AMSA.
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     It looks to me like "Congress" needs to reevaluate its priorities!
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The latest Water Environment Federattion Magazine has an article about new ads they are proposing to run about how great "biosolids" are for the environment.  I've been trying to figure out whether our tax dollars are paying for these ads, but haven't succeeded to find a link so far (see my intern's research below).  If you are concerned about these ads and have ideas about how to stop them, please share them (or even better, just do them).

>  -----Original Message-----
> From: Shuchter, Kate 
> Sent: Thursday, June 20, 2002 9:09 AM
> To: Stoner, Nancy
> Subject: biosolids ads
>
> I haven't been able to find anything more about the proposed ads themselves.  There is nothing on the website. You can look at the committee proposing them at
http://www.wef.org/membershipbenefits/MembershipBenefits/residuals.jhtml  I haven't found any indications of WEF receiving federal money and was told by the office that they are funded through membership alone.  The federal  money flows to the NBP, which, as I indicated, is an association between WEF, AMSA and EPA.  But I'm not finding any connection between NBP and the ads.

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