To the Editor,

Ellis County, would it interest you to know that the Trinity River Authority (TRA) has dumped more than six hundred seventy-three THOUSAND TON of Loop 12 at Singleton’s Central WWTP toxic industrial, medical, storm drain and household sewage sludge on Ellis county to 7-31-2015 (data from the TCEQ open records). Most coming from the Dallas / Ft Worth mid-cities. Why would farmers even want the stuff. They are lied to about the safety. The textbook definition of “safe” being free from risk. So consequently, ever farm that used sewage is permanently contaminated.

The sewage Industries business model being that wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) accumulate a great deal of time, money and effort collecting, concentrating, and segregating the pollutants out of water ... so why on earth would we turn around and put those piles of toxins back into the environment we just eliminated them from? That is truly a short-sighted practice that merely supports a business model based on "pushing" pollution. A fix, besides landfills, might be situating a gasification/pyrolysis (or clean incineration) plant directly beside the water facility which would dramatically cut trucking costs and cut the huge carbon emissions this constant transport inevitably involves. To get a peak as to the chemical pollution I am talking about, read the U.S. EPA’s watchdog, the Office of Inspector General report warning 19-P-0002 released 11/15/2018: “EPA Unable to Assess the Impact of Hundreds of Unregulated Pollutants in Land-Applied Biosolids on Human Health and the Environment”

But change is not going to happen because it costs or what some call money.

So why is there such a push on this model besides the obvious, money? It occurred to me that the Governor of the once great state of Texas, Abbott, appoints the Commissioners to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and if you look at the organizational chart for the TCEQ, the Governor is at the top of the food chain. Coincidentally the Governor also appoints board members to the Trinity River Authority. Do you see just a little conflict of interest here where TCEQ, a regulatory agency, must be unbiased to a generator and distributor of pollution both being connected to the Governor and backed by Texas Legislators?

Would anyone fault me if I consider cancer, chronic disease and birth defects as “murder” if it was caused by exposure to chemical carcinogens?

Food for… I mean contamination for thought.

Craig Monk, Waxahachie