Did you know that in the Southeast AND GEORGIA there have been scores of cases of illness that may be associated with activated sludge. These illnesses include: respiratory illnesses including pneumonia, sinus infections, asthma, allergies, burning eyes, nose, throat and lungs, flu-like symptoms, nausea, vomiting, severe headache, breathing complications, rectal bleeding, nose bleeds, skin rash and lesions? There are also cases of a rare cardiomyopathy heart disease, miscarriages, and cancers. A concentration of cancer cases has been reported by a resident who lives near a field spread with sludge for approximately the last ten years.
The cases stated above only represent reported illnesses. Most county residents do not know what sludge is, much less that it can potentially cause severe illness.