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Press Release – Town Of Groton – Moratorium On Sludge Derived Fertilizers Extended

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 11, 2021

TOWN OF GROTON – MORATORIUM ON SLUDGE DERIVED FERTILIZERS EXTENDED

The Groton Board of Health extended its moratorium on the use of biosolids or compost from sludge derived fertilizers in the Town of Groton. This moratorium will remain in effect until January 1, 2022. The Board of Health may extend this moratorium or draft a permanent prohibition on the use of these substances.

This action is based on a growing body of evidence suggesting use of these products may be detrimental to the Town’s water supply and the public health. Recent testing shows the presence of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in waste waters. Biosolids and compost derived from a sludge are a known source of PFAS. The impacts of PFAS on humans is not yet well understood, and there are red flags. Until the evidence suggests otherwise, the Board of Health will follow its mandate to protect residents of Groton from harmful contaminants.

The public and businesses in Groton should not use nor sell any product that contains these substances. This moratorium will be enforced by the Nashoba Board of Health under the Town’s non-criminal disposition. Please direct any related questions to the Groton Board of Health.

Jason Weber, Chairman
Groton Board of Health

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