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Residents raise a stink over sludge plant proposal

Sewage Sludge Plant


A grass roots effort to prevent a sludge processing plant from opening in Plainfield Township, Northampton County is growing.

More than 100 people attended a community meeting about the proposed plant on Saturday.

It was hosted by citizens who say they are concerned about the long-term health and environmental affects such a plant could have.

"Once again a large industry that doesn't live here is coming to a small community to pour their crap on the neighbors," said Darree Sicher of the United Sludge Free Alliance.

The proposed $26 million project would truck in sewer sludge from Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey to a processing plant  in Plainfield Township.

Synagro Technologies is behind the proposed plan and owns several other sludge processing plants around the country.

In a statement to 69 News, they said, "Synagro understands there are concerns regarding the Slate Belt Heat Recovery Project as there are misrepresentations being shared in the community about this project and the safety of biosolids recycling. Synagro and our partners…firmly believe it is our responsibility to provide the community an opportunity to learn about the many benefits the project will bring to the community and the safe operational features the project will employ."

Synagro will hold a community meeting to answer questions on April 5 at 6:30 p.m., at the Plainfield Fire House.

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