- Sludge: Not just for breakfast anymore.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday it has issued an order against Fresh and Clean Restrooms
for failure to apply sewage sludge in compliance with Clean Water Act regulations.
According to the EPA, the porta-potty company from southeast Missouri failed to treat sludge and maintain records where it dumps its waste at the Doe Run Mine Tailings Site in Desloge.
EPA conducted an inspection of the site in December and per the Park Hills Daily Journal
found visible toilet paper, tampon applicators, plastic and other solid
materials in the sludge. (Mmm! Hope you're reading this after breakfast.)
But wait, there's more!
Regulations require that sludge applied to land must be treated to
reduce pathogens. The sludge also must be either treated or applied to
prevent pests and rodents that may carry potentially disease-laden
materials to humans.
In addition, the EPA found that the Fresh and Clean had not retained records of its
land application activities as required by law.
The compliance order directs the company to take all
necessary action to ensure the sewage sludge it applies to land is in
compliance with the law, including pathogen reduction and pest reduction
requirements, and requires the company to maintain all records for its
land application of sewage sludge.