Elkton Residents Speak Out

By: Laura Speakman
By: Laura Speakman

Around 90 Town of Elkton and Rockingham County residents filled the walls of the Elkton Fire Company. They all were fired up at the thought of treated human waste, sludge, on their fields.
"The town of Elkton is saying no to sludge," said Haze Crider, Elkton Resident.
That's what Haze and many others have to say about Massanutten's Permit Request to the Department of Environmental Quality allowing sludge to be spread on four Elkton area farms.
"Massanutten our schools were not good enough for your kids, your sludge is not good enough for our fields," said Lee Dearing, Elkton Resident.
The Mayor of Elkton came forward with the council's decision to denounce Massanutten's permit.
"It is pure politics and economics," said Wayne Printz, Town of Elkton Mayor.
The majority of the concerns, how this spreading would contaminate waters and affect animal and human health.
"I'm concerned that what happens if they want to go fishing and I say no I'm sorry you'll fall in that river is contaminated," said Janelle Rothwell, Elkton Resident.
The D.E.Q. explained that Massanutten, by law, is allowed to spread sludge if they uphold the conditions and regulations. The land was chosen because it's flat so there's less chance of run off. That doesn't ease the minds of the residents who are asking Massanutten to be a good neighbor.
"Your recreation visitors come and go, your neighbors are here forever," Carolyn Brill, Elkton Resident.
Before the permit can be approved by D.E.Q., they must investigate if the land meets certain requirements through surveying the land and possibly having an official public hearing.


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