Do you know where your turds go after you flush them down the toilet?
Well, if you are one of the 3.9 million people who live and relieve yourself in Los Angeles, you might be interested to learn that your turds are given special treatment: they’re loaded onto trucks, taken on a scenic 2.5-hour drive to a different county, and dumped on a poor hick town.
You can’t make this up, folks: Every day, Los Angeles takes 500 tons of moist, highly toxic fecal matter produced by its Obama-worshipping coastal elite and ships it 125 miles up north to GOP-dominated Kern County, where it is spread around on a small chunk of land near the town of Taft, population 6,400. It does this every single day, day after day, piling on somewhere around 200,000 tons of excrement in one year. There’s nothing covert about the practice. Everyone knows LA is doing this. In fact, the city bought the land in 2000 for about $10 million just for this reason: so that it could have somewhere to dump its feces.
Just another daily commute for 500 tons of LA shit
Los Angeles likes to think of this little chunk of Kern County real estate not as an open air septic tank, but as a seven-square-mile slice of agricultural heaven called “Green Acres Farm.” According to the official description, which you can find on a happy, bright green website run by LA Sanitation, Green Acres is a commercial farm owned by the city that engages in the “beneficial reuse” of “biosolids” as a “soil conditioner and fertilizer to help promote growth on sites where chemical fertilizers would otherwise have to be used to produce crops.”
Yes, Green Acres is a farm that fertilizes its crops exclusively with concentrated human feces—not for human consumption, mind you! Oh no, that would be disgusting and uncivilized! The crops grown on Green Acres are used as feedstock for farm animals, primarily dairy cows. Everything’s legit:
In August 2000, the City purchased a 4,688-acre farm named Green Acres in Kern County to ensure a reliable place to manage the City’s biosolids produced at the wastewater treatment plants. The farm is located approximately 16- miles southwest of Bakersfield and one mile northeast of Lake Buena Vista. The Farm has been a beneficial reuse site for biosolids generated by the City since 1994. The biosolids are used as a soil conditioner and fertilizer to help promote growth on sites where chemical fertilizers would otherwise have to be used to produce crops. Farm activities produce non-food chain crops such as wheat, corn, alfalfa, oats, Milo, and Sudan grass. After crops are harvested, they are sold as feedstock to local dairies.
Ummmm…Milk: It does a body good
If you’re not familiar with the terminology, “biosolids” is Luntzian for “concentrated sewage sludge, made up primarily of human shit and anything else solid that gets flushed down the toilet.” Aside from various toxic chemicals and carcinogenic metals, the sludge is home to all sorts of exotic bacteria that can surf on tiny fecal particles picked up by gusts of wind and spread to establish colonies for miles and miles around the dump site.
Land applied municipal sewage sludge is NOT humanure. Humanure is material generated in a composting toilet. Typical sludges generated in urban industrial centers contain tens of thousands of man-made chemical compounds from hospitals, industry, institutions, businesses, landfills and households who discharge into sewers. Most of these chemicals, including radioactive material, are neither monitored nor regulated. Many of them are highly toxic and persistent pollutants.
And here’s a potential side-effect:
On February 25, 2008, the McElmurrays, dairy farmers from Georgia, received an order and judgment issued by Judge Anthony Alaimo of the 11th Circuit Court. The order addresses and confirms that there have been decades of deceit by the EPA and finds against the USDA and the EPA. It acknowledges that the sludge applications on the McElmurrays’ farm were responsible for killing hundreds of diary cattle and contaminating the milk supplies in several states. In the ruling, Judge Alaimo said, “senior EPA officials took extraordinary steps to quash scientific dissent and any questioning of EPA’s biosolids program.”
From 1979 until 1990, the City of Augusta spread its sewage sludge on Andy McElmurray’s diary farm. Judge Alaimo ordered the government to compensate McElmurray because 1,730 acres of his Hephzibah, Georgia, farm was ruined by the sludge. The order acknowledges that the sludge applications on the McElmurrays’ farm were responsible for killing hundreds of diary cattle and contaminating the milk supplies in several states with high levels of thallium (the primary toxin in rat poison), which had been present in the sewage sludge spread on crops fed to the dairy cows.
Los Angeles, of course, assures everyone that its operation is 100 percent safe. It’s even EPA approved! But Kern County residents still passed a law that forbids the application of sewer sludge on farmland as fertilizer anyway. LA, which called the anti-shit law alarmist and misinformed, has been fighting Kern County in court ever since.
Yep, those rural yokels clearly don’t know what they’re talking about:
Sludge from Southern California is still being trucked to Kern County, and Los Angeles city officials say they plan to fight to continue spreading it here.
After years of legal battles and a voter-approved ban, local residents worry about the smelly goo that is still coming here by the ton.
Charles Blackwood drives north on Interstate 5 every morning, and he’s spotted the trucks hauling biosolids up from the Los Angeles area. He followed three of the big rigs Thursday morning and was so outraged that he took video.
Blackwood said the trucks were smelly, and brown material was flying out the top.
“I’m worried about ground water,” Blackwood told Eyewitness News. “And (Lake) Buena Vista is over here, kids play there.”
Blackwood can’t understand why it still happens. Kern County voters passed Measure E by 83 percent, which bans application of treated human and industrial waste on any land in the unincorporated areas of Kern County. That vote was back in 2006, and LA and some others immediately sued to stop it from being implemented.
Los Angeles is not the only coastal city dumping its excrement on the town of Taft. Orange County does, too. And true to its Republican roots, the county even contracts the job out to a subsidiary of the Carlyle Group… Didn’t the Bin Laden family have a stake in the Carlyle Group once?
PS: This is just a little sneak preview of the crazy below-the-radar shit wars that are currently being waged all across the state. Stay tuned for more…
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