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Cleaning Up Sewage Sludge Incinerators

A child suffers from asthma.

There are over 200 sewage sludge incinerators operating in communities across the U.S. The health effects from the toxic air pollutants they emit include premature death, cancer and respiratory problems.

Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice

Case Overview

There are over 200 sewage sludge incinerators operating in communities across the United States. They emit toxic air pollutants like mercury, lead, acid gases, and dioxins and furans from facilities as they burn sewage sludge and industrial waste.

The health effects from these pollutants include premature death, cancer, heart attacks, kidney disease, weakened immune systems, developmental delays, and any manner of respiratory problems. These incinerators are typically used to burn semi-solid wastes collected during wastewater treatment, are the sixth largest source of mercury pollution in the United States.

Case ID

2226

Case Updates

July 20, 2001 | Press Release

Unchecked Incinerator Pollution Underscores Pervasive Problem

While the Environmental Protection Agency flounders with a dysfunctional regulation program for air toxics, unchecked pollution threatens Americans' health. To address EPA's regulatory lapse, Earthjustice filed today the fifth of seven lawsuits against EPA on behalf of Sierra Club.