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Feb 11,2008
Complaints of shortcuts with human waste
by UPI

SASKATOON, Saskatechewan -- Environmental officials in Saskatchewan are investigating complaints waste firms are spreading raw sewage on farmers' frozen fields, a Regina newspaper said.

The complaints have come from residents in a suburb of Saskatoon, concerned with run-off and contamination of nearby Blackstrap Lake, which is used as a recreational area during the summer, the Regina Leader-Post reported Monday.

Spreading human waste on fields is permitted in the province, but with specific guidelines about how far it must be from streams and other moving water, the report said. The guidelines say the land must be flat and that the sewage must be tilled into the soil within four days of spreading.

However, residents have reported seeing trucks spreading septic tank contents on nearby fields in recent weeks while the ground is frozen hard as rock and impossible to till, the newspaper said.

The area villages pay $20,000 a year to a town about 15 miles away to accept the waste, but some residents allege the haulers are taking shortcuts, which provincial conservation officials are investigating, the report said.

Copyright © 2008, by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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