Alabama Franklin County Sewage Amendment(2010)

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The Alabama Franklin County Sewage Amendment was on the June 1, 2010 primary election ballot in the state of Alabama as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would prohibit the use of human sewage biosolids as fertilizer or soil. The sample ballot for Franklin County can be found here.

Election results

Unofficial election results for the amendment follow:[1]

Affordable Fuel Amendment
Result Votes Percentage
Approveda Yes 6,903 87.6%
No 977 12.4%
Total votes 7,880 100.00%
Voter turnout N/A%


Text of amendment

Ballot title

The official ballot title that Alabama voters saw read:[2]

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

The passing of Alabama Franklin County Sewage Amendment added Amendment 829 to the Alabama Constitution.

Support

Arguments

  • 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.[3]
  • 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.”

Opposition

Arguments

  • 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.[3]

Ballot confusion

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.[4]

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