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Milford Residents Concerned Over Biosolids

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MILFORD, Del.- Robert Donovan has lived down the road from the McColley farm in Milford for 40 years. Donovan said he is concerned about waste removal company Clean Delaware's plans to lay biosolids on the farm.

Those biosolids would be used to fertilize the land, but Donovan has issues with that.

"Our way of life is going to be ruined down here," Donovan said. "It's a beautiful area and we love it here. And I hate it, I hate what's happening."

The Environmental Protection Agency said biosolids, or treated sewer sludge, present negible risks to consumers, crop production and the environment.

However, Donovan said he would be scared to eat hunted deer that graze on the land.

"We eat what we kill and if it's not good for domestic animals," he said. "You're not supposed to graze them on the ground so I assume it's not going to be good for wildlife either."

The EPA said biosolids reduce the need for chemical fertilizers.

Milford City Manager Richard Carmean is worried about what the biosolids will do to the property values of nearby homes.

"I cannot see how that, in all probability, is not going to affect your ability to sell that property for at least its market price," he said.

To alleviate concerns about the biosolids, Clean Delaware has said it will increase the number of buffers, burns and setbacks. But for some, that still is not enough.

"We have at least one big storm a year and sometimes more than that and we get some serious run off from those storms," Donovan said. "If you get 8 or 10 inches of rain, that's a lot of water."

The Sussex County Council is not expected to vote on the biosolids request until February.

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