Hou-Actinite is a Houston, TX product sold as fertilizer but made from sewage sludge. Hundreds of communities across the U.S. sell toxic sludge products that are typically renamed biosolids and sold or given away as "fertilizer" or "compost" (and often even labeled or marketed as "natural" or "organic").
According to one website:
- "A product similar to Milorganite is Hou-Actinite which is a granular, heat-dried biosolids product produced by the City of Houston, Texas since the 1920's HouActinite is sold to specialty fertilizer blenders in several states. A byproduct of making Hou-Actinite are the "fines", which are dry dusty product. The fines are sold to directly to local agriculture."
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