Robert C. Hale

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Robert C. Hale is a professor of Marine Science in the Department of Environmental and Aquatic Animal Health at Virginia Institute of Marine Science. [1] His official VIMS website with biographical information is at: http://www.vims.edu/people/hale_rc/index.php

2010 Tests of San Francisco Sewage Sludge Find PBDEs, Triclosan

On August 10, 2010, the Food Rights Network announced in a news release that "Independent tests of sewage sludge-derived compost from the Synagro CVC plant -- distributed free to gardeners since 2007 by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission in their "organic biosolids compost" giveaway program -- have found appreciable concentrations of contaminants with endocrine-disruptive properties. The independent tests were conducted for the Food Rights Networkby Dr. Robert C. Hale of the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences."

Anna Werner Investigates: Organic Compost or Toxic Sludge?


In an August 6, 2010, letter reporting on his findings to the Food Rights Network Robert Hale wrote: "A sewage sludge-derived compost from the Synagro CVC plant, distributed by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission in their "compost give away" program, was analyzed for synthetic pollutants. Several classes of emerging contaminants with endocrine disruptive properties were detected in appreciable concentrations, including polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants, nonylphenols (NPs) detergent breakdown products and the antibacterial agent triclosan." PDFs are attached here of the letter and the data: [2] [3] [4] [5]

Robert Hale Contact Information

  • Robert C. Hale
  • Email: hale AT vims.edu
  • Phone: (804) 684-7228

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  1. VIMS website accessed August 10, 2010
  2. Hale Letter 8/6/10
  3. Hale Data NP
  4. Hale Data PAH
  5. Hale Data PBDE

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