Stockton Harbor's eroding legacy industrial wastes.What do we do to protect people and wildlife?


Community Happenings
Belfast Public Library
106 High Street, Belfast Maine
Ron Huber
coastwatch@gmail.com
207-691-7485
www.penbay.net
Jun 04, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Photo by: Ron Huber Contaminated tidal flat and beach, SW Stockton Harbor. Note abandoned acid plant  above  eroding waste bluff. Shore between  left and right sides of  photo contain most  of the dumped phosphogypsum and bauxite mud wastes of concern.

Between 1900 and 1970 fertilizer makers in Searsport manufactured thousands of tons of superphosphate  and other fertilizers that made the Maine Potato as iconic as the Maine Lobster.

But every ton of fertilizer left behind five tons of highly acidic waste.This waste was dumped along the shore of Stockton Harbor and has been leaking into and contaminating the harbor's  beach and tidal flats ever since.

Despite public pressure, the current owners of the eroding wastes say its not their responsibility.

On Wednesday June 4th , come to the Belfast Free Library's 3rd floor meeting room, and learn more about this fascinating era of Penobscot Bay history. Learn how you can protect yourself, your family and your community from a dangerous chronic pollution problem. Leanr how you can help make the company that is releasing these wastes, and the agencies that are facilitating them, accountable for their actions and inaction.

Free and open to the public