is the recent Earth Action Alert sent out by NRDC:
Tell the EPA to keep inadequately treated sewage out of our waters.
Millions of Americans get sick every year from contact with inadequately treated sewage that ends up in water that we drink or swim in. Pathogens in sewage-contaminated waters can cause gastrointestinal and respiratory illnesses, dysentery and hepatitis. The consequences of contact with sewage-infested waters are even greater for children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.
Clean Water Act requires that raw sewage be treated to remove dangerous
The EPA is accepting public comments on its proposed policy change through January 9, 2004.
== What to do ==
a message, before the January 9 comment deadline, objecting to the EPA's
== Contact information ==
You can send a message to the EPA directly from NRDC's Earth Action Center at:
Or use the contact information and sample letter below to send your own message.
Dear Administrator Leavitt and EPA staff,
I urge you to drop the proposed policy that would allow sewage treatment plants to routinely discharge inadequately treated sewage during rain events. The proposed policy would increase the amount of bacteria, viruses and parasites discharged into the nation's recreational waters and drinking water supplies.
EPA's proposed policy (which it calls "blending") would mix
together treated and largely untreated sewage before discharge. Blending
is dangerous because it would allow sewage-infested wastewater to be discharged
without removing most of the pathogenic organisms and other pollutants.
The proposed policy would allow blending
More than half of all waterborne disease outbreaks in the U.S. in the past 50 years were preceded by heavy rainfall. Pathogens in sewage-contaminated waters can cause gastrointestinal and respiratory illnesses, dysentery and hepatitis, conditions that can be life threatening for children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.
I again urge you to abandon this seriously misguided proposal, and instead protect Americans' health by requiring effective sewage treatment at all times.
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