A lawsuit between Spicer Family Farms and a Benner Township resident that resulted in Spicer Farms withdrawing its biosolids land application permit has sparked more legislative attention. The PA House of Representatives approved House Bill 738 on June 23, 2016, proposed by Rep. Mike Hanna. The bill requires the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee look at methods used to spread biosolids.
A report will be made within a year of the bill’s passing to define the current costs, disposal methods, enforcement programs and appropriate alternatives to what is in place in Pennsylvania or other states. The bill will also prohibit the application of biosolids in areas with source water protection.