Press Release # 369

Subj: OOG: Great Goleta Waiver Editorial
Date: 1/29/2004 3:06:10 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: Jon V3
To: Jon V3

Dear OOG:

Thanks for all your help in writing letters that helped defeat the Goleta 301(h) waiver at the State Water Resources Control Board level.

The Santa Barbara News-Press wrote a great editorial in today's paper. See link and article below.

Jan Vandersloot (949) 548-6326

Wastewater waiver shames oil spill's legacy

Wastewater waiver shames oil spill's legacy




The oil blowout that contaminated the Pacific and soiled Santa Barbara's shores 35 years ago this week gave rise to a local movement to protect our community's ocean habitats.

So what a disappointment that it requires state or regional regulators to stand up for the proper procedures to treat wastewater pumped into the Pacific.

The Goleta Sanitation District wants to forgo, for another five years, more rigorous treatment of the millions of gallons of wastewater piped out into the ocean every day.

It would be the fourth such five-year waiver.

State regulators in Sacramento and their regional counterparts have sided with environmental advocates trying to get the Goleta district to act as better stewards.

"I am so elated, I can't even tell you," Hillary Hauser of Heal the Ocean told the News-Press after a vote in Sacramento last week. "Everybody said our chances were nil, just nil. I almost started crying. It's so tremendous."

What really would be tremendous is if the Goleta district changed its mind set.

Officials need to realize that no good reasons exist for the Goleta facility to be the only one in the county that does not rely on a second round of processing to treat solids in its wastewater.

The people who create this waste in the first place ought to pay the few extra dollars to clean it up before it goes into the ocean.

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