Leaders’ firm treatment stance flies in face of science

Capital Regional District leaders need not toe the government line on sewage treatment

Re: Treatment foes go on offensive against project (News, July 25), and CRD’s position on treatment clarified (Letters, July 25)

So, why do we need a sewage plant? The scientists tell us that there is no need. Sewage biosolids are handily gobbled up by the vast and thoroughly oxygenated Salish Sea.

But what about the metals, the endocrine-mimicking drug, and other pollutants in the sewage that are affecting our marine mammals?

I am sorry to say that the federal and provincial rules aren’t expansive enough to require that, and so with the proposed system, we won’t bother spending on the proven technology of pollution source control.

There is no need for the proposed system. It will provide no new benefit and it will consume funds that would far more effectively improve our environment if spent elsewhere.

And speaking of money, let’s not forget that there is no cost-benefit study to reflect on. But I suppose if there is, in fact, no evidence to say that there is any benefit, why worry about costs?

The proposed sewage system has no demonstrated reason to be, won’t solve the real pollution problem and will cost every one of us a very real fortune. In the face of that, our so-called leaders Geoff Young and Denise Blackwell toady up with ‘Too late folks, federal and provincial rules are rules,’ and ‘compliance, compliance, compliance’ is the word of the day.

Nothing to see here. Move along please and no thinking, questioning, or stepping out of the line at the payment wicket.

Oh, and you whales over there, you can just move along, too.

Kent Green

Victoria