Va. environmental agency backs sludge project

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia regulators are recommending that a Baltimore-based company be allowed to spread waste called industrial sludge on farmland in six counties.

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality spokesman Bill Hayden tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the agency believes the sludge is environmentally safe to use.

Synagro Technologies wants to spread industrial sludge on 16,000 acres of farmland in Goochland, King and Queen, King William, New Kent, Prince George and Surry counties. Industrial sludge is left over from some industries’ waste after the material has been treated to reduce pollutants.

The State Water Control Board is scheduled to consider the permit Thursday and Hayden says the agency will recommend that the board approve the permit.

Hundreds, including officials in several counties, have stated their opposition to the permit.

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