The state Department of Environmental Protection has given former Northampton County Council member Ron Angle approval to use fertilizer made from human waste on his farmland in Upper Mount Bethel Twp.

DEP spokeswoman Colleen Connolly said her department has granted permission to a company named Synagro Technologies, Inc., to apply "biosolids" on Angle's property.

Angle said they should start spreading the fertilizer soon after Jan. 15.

Angle said the material has been in use around the state for 30 to 40 years, so he doesn't understand the "hysteria."

Earlier this month, Angle's plan drew emotional opposition from residents at a special hearing called by the township's supervisors.

DEP generally allows the use of biosolid fertilizer and other farmers in Upper Mount Bethel  currently are using it.