Alabama Franklin County Sewage Amendment(2010)
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Unofficial election results for the amendment follow:
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Text of amendment
Relating to Franklin County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to provide that treated human sewage biosolids may not be applied to land as a fertilizer or soil amendment. (Proposed by Act 2009-309)
Yes ( )
No ( )
Changes to the Alabama Constitution
- Residents in the counties that the amendments were being proposed in, Franklin, Colbert, and Lawrence County, were concerned that sewage being used as fertilizer may contain pollutants and diseases that could spread when the fertilizer is spread on farm fields and pastures.
- George Harper, farmer and Franklin County resident stated, “I haven't talked to anyone who supports allowing biosolids from New York or anywhere else from being shipped into Franklin County for disposal. I'm a farmer myself and understand some farmers might be looking for cheaper fertilizer, but human waste is not the way to go.”
- Synagro, a company based out of Texas that opened a plant in Alabama for processing sewage from New York, stated that the biosolids that they would spread on farms were no threat to the surrounding environments or to health.
There had been some confusion in Franklin County, as well as Colbert County and Lawrence County, where similar measures would be on the ballot. According to residents, the wording could present itself to be "backwards." Franklin County Coroner Elzie Malone stated, "It's very confusing to people because most people will say 'If I'm against it, I vote no. If I'm for it, I vote yes.' In this case, that's not the case." Voters who voted yes, would be voting for the ban of using human sewage biosolids as fertilizer or soil. Those who voted 'no' would be voting for the usage of biosolids as fertilizer.