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Cleaning Up Sewage Sludge Incinerators



Case Number # 2226

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.

Press Releases

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Agency must review rule to ensure emission reductions
Monday, October 4, 2010
Long-awaited action to reduce a toxic threat doesn’t go far enough
Friday, July 20, 2001
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.