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Ceretto seeks state biosolids study

LEWISTON – Assemblyman John D. Ceretto asked the State Health Department last week to conduct a study on the possible health effects of the use of sewage sludge and other forms of biosolids as fertilizer on farm fields.

Ceretto, R-Lewiston, noted that in his district, the towns of Wheatfield and Wilson have banned the use of biosolids, despite statements by the Department of Environmental Conservation that their use is safe.

The practice is supported by farm groups, but critics say that sewage sludge contains whatever is flushed down sewers, ranging from human waste to pharmaceuticals and other potential contaminants.

“We must take this issue very seriously and conduct the proper research on its health risks, which is why I’m requesting the Department of Health to do just that,” Ceretto said.

Twelve other Assembly members signed the letter, including David J. DiPietro, R-East Aurora; Raymond W. Walter, R-Amherst; Angela M. Wozniak, R-Cheektowaga; and Michael P. Kearns, D-Buffalo. Other signers include Supervisors Dennis J. Brochey of Lewiston and Earl Gingerich Jr. of Marilla, where the Town Board defeated a biosolids ban April 9.