If you’ve been following our ongoing news reports covering the dirty truth about “biosludge,” you’ve likely asked yourself at least once: How in the world did the biosludge industry convince environmental groups to actually support the stuff? As usual, it all comes down to money.
As revealed by biosludge expert Craig Monk during a recent interview he gave as part of the Biosludged film project – you can watch the official trailer for Biosludged at Brighteon.com – the biosludge industry has been actively bribing environmental organizations to basically look the other way and pretend as though biosludge is “safe.”
Being a resident of Texas, a huge biosludge dumping ground, Monk talked a lot about the Texas Campaign for the Environment, which is one such environmental group that seems to continually ignore the many problems associated with biosludge – one of the biggest being the many chemicals contained in biosludge that nobody seems concerned about addressing.
“To environmentalists, and especially the Texas Campaign for the Environment, who supports composting biosolids, I would say: How do you get rid of all the chemicals in it?” Monk stated.
“What happens to those chemicals? Are you exposing the public’s backyard to contaminants that they normally would not be exposed to? How many cases of cancer have you researched and found as a result of that?”
As it turns out, the Texas Campaign for the Environment probably knows the answers to these questions, and the answers aren’t what the public would like to hear. But because the group is a likely recipient of bribe money from the biosludge industry, it’s keeping quiet about the very real dangers associated with the spread of biosludge on American land.
“In the case of the Texas Campaign for the Environment, what I think, and what has happened around the country, is companies like Synagro, these sewage companies, they will contribute money to these organizations and they let them know, and then the organization feels like they owe them a favor,” Monk warns.
“They (Synagro) have a whole department, I’ve been told, that does nothing but market biosolids. And they do it through their own company, and through NEBRA (North East Biosolids & Residuals Association) … and I don’t know if you’re aware of it, but in 2002 or 2003, Synagro even bribed a mayor and a councilwoman to get their contract and were caught.”
You can watch the full interview with Craig Monk at Brighteon.com below:
Back in 2010, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) reported on one such instance in which Synagro was caught bribing a political official in Michigan – which later resulted in that official being sentenced to prison.
Former Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers was reportedly locked away for 37 months, followed by two years of supervised probation, for violating basic standards of conduct by accepting cash from Synagro, one of the leading biosludge corporations in North America.
Just one year prior, Synagro actually admitted to bribing public officials as part of a longstanding scheme to expand the biosludge industry.
These are just a few instances among many, it turns out, in which Synagro and other biosludge corporations have funneled bribe money into the hands of movers and shakers with the power to approve biosolids as “safe” – fraud appearing to be how the entire biosludge industry was built from the ground up.
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