the folks in michigan aren'tjust being asked to take in the Toronto garbage that was destined for the Adams Mine. Now, it looks like our poop is going to be shipped there, too.That news comes as the region of Halton, west of Toronto, has pulled the plug on an arrangement for storing the solid waste that's removed from the city's toilet flushings. Covered only with straw, the lagoon at the William Johnson Biosolid Storage facility on Highway 25 north of Oakville was to store sewage sludge during the winter until spring, when it's spread on farmers' fields as fertilizer. However, it's giving off odours offensive to neighbouring residents says Halton planning and public works commissioner Pat Murphy.
The lagoon will be sealed and emptied in the spring, Murphy adds.
Maureen Reilly, an independent environmental researcher, says the sludge wouldn't smell so much if it were given the proper 15- to 20-day anaerobic treatment instead of the current 10 days.
Toronto's director of water pollution control, Bill Pickett, says the city will look for a landfill solution, probably in Michigan -- news that doesn't go down well south of the border.
Says Mary Beth Doyle of the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, "We're becoming the dumping ground for everyone's crap."