German call to stop sewage sludge spreading

Baden Württemberg's environment minister Ulrich Müller called on Friday for all sewage sludge to be incinerated rather than spread on farmland. Currently about two-thirds of the German state's annual output of 300,000 tonnes dry weight is disposed of in this way. Mr Müller wants the practice stopped on precautionary grounds. Powerless to act unilaterally, Baden Württemberg is lobbying the federal government to amend the national sewage sludge ordinance after recently failing, together with Thuringia and Bavaria, to propel amendments through the upper parliamentary house Bundesrat. Baden Württemberg environment ministry

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