The Federal Policy for Use of Municipal Sewage Sludge for the Production of Fruits and Vegetables was published in January 1981. It was jointly developed by the USDA, EPA, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). SCS technical assistance must be provided in conformance with the guidelines established in this document. The policy was an outgrowth of the EPA regulations, "Criteria for Classification of Solid Waste Disposal Facilities" [Federal Register, Vol. 44, No. 179 (40 CFR, Part 257), 9/13/79]. The regulation addresses land application of municipal wastewater sludges for food chain crop production. It states that through use of high quality sludges coupled with proper management procedures, the consumer should be protected from contaminated crops, and potential adverse environmental effects will be minimized.
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