posted on Dec, 10 2004 @ 08:06 AM
According to the Washington Post, the Environmental Protection Agency is close to issuing new guidelines for sewage treatment. The new guidelines
would make it easier to dump partially treated wastewater during periods of heavy rainfall, thus saving billions on treatment plant upgrades.
EPA officials said they had not made a decision, but agency staffers have begun to brief senior political appointees on the plan, which is outlined
in a 10-page document titled "Final Policy." The proposal, which was first aired in November 2003, would allow authorities to release a blend of fully
treated and partially treated sewage during peak flows.
Some scientists, environmentalists and state and local officials object to blending because it could foster the spread of disease. But others,
including local sewage agencies and some government officials, say the approach strikes a safe middle ground between releasing untreated sewage and
spending billions on plant upgrades.
The debate over how to process waste comes as much of the nation's wastewater treatment infrastructure is crumbling, and federal officials estimate it
would cost hundreds of billions of dollars to cope with the increased demand for sewage treatment.
Under current policies, plants are supposed to discharge partially treated waste only when there is no alternative, but the EPA's proposal would allow
them to do it more often as long as they monitor the waste and ensure it meets federal water quality standards.
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This is a truly sobering story. Environmentalists have been complaining for years that the EPA, the public health "watchdog," has been left crippled
and toothless by questionable staffing decisions and funding cuts. This story is a perfect example of a case where the "best interests of the people"
are pushed aside in favor of the almighty dollar.
Why worry about terrorists contaminating our water supply? We'll just let the federal government dump sewage in it, and be done.