Lystek is not good for Montgomery County

This is a response to the paid Lystek advertisement in the Leader-Herald on Jan. 6.

Lystek International Ltd. is the American operational arm of Lystek International Inc. (i.e. “Lystek”) – a Canadian Subsidiary owned by the massive Ottawa-based Conglomerate “R.W. Tomlinson Limited.” (i.e. “Tomlinson Group”).

Naturally, for maximum corporate and legal protection, Lystek International Ltd. (the American operational arm for Tomlinson’s Lystek), was formed in the state of Delaware.

The letter that Lystek paid to have placed in the newspaper is quite obviously a direct response to the Glen Planning Board meeting held on Dec. 21, 2017.

In that paid advertisement the president of the subsidiary’s U.S. Operations states that there were a “few” concerns expressed at that meeting. However, having personally been at the meeting, I can attest that there were more than a “few” concerns.

In fact, there were so many concerns raised at the planning board meeting that they had to limit the public comments to only three minutes each.

Lystek also states they have been responsive yet, at the last meeting, they chose to not respond to any questions (in addition to still leaving many questions from an earlier town meeting unanswered as well).

If approved, the proposed plant will be processing 20 plus truckloads a day of untreated sewage sludge (aka “Biosolids”) hauled in from municipal waste facilities as far as 150 miles away.

Residential waste, industrial waste, hospital waste — anything that goes down a drain eventually becomes this toxic sludge.

Lystek produces “Exceptional Quality” (RQ) Class A Sludge (aka “Biosolids”), but — although heavily treated — the eventual product is still full of carcinogens, pharmaceuticals, radioactive waste and more.

They claim it is “organic,” yet farms using their product cannot sell their products as “organic.” (In fact, Congress is currently looking to pass a bill forcing producers to have to label foods grown on lands using fertilizers created from sewage sludge).

In addition, if their product was so healthy and environmentally safe, why would major food processors, such as Heinz, Del Monte, Campbell, Progresso, Green Giant and Gerber not accept produce grown on land that has been treated with biosolids?

Either biosolids aren’t good for our food, or they aren’t good for business.

Either way, they aren’t good for Montgomery County.