By Associated Press - Sunday, March 15, 2015

SAMS VALLEY, Ore. (AP) - A proposal to spread treated human waste as fertilizer on fields in an unincorporated rural community in Jackson County has raised a stink.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports ( ) about 100 Sams Valley residents showed up for a public hearing held by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on the proposal.

Most said they’re worried the sewage isn’t safe and would smell bad. They also said it could decrease property values.

The waste comes from portable toilets and septic systems mostly in Jackson County.

DEQ officials say the fertilizer is safe to apply to land. They say many other locations in Oregon have been authorized to spread treated human waste.

The agency will decide whether to authorize spreading the treated sewage in Sams Valley by early April.

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