Environmental Press # 45

Subj: Buena Park postpones again; don't forget OCSD wed. 7:30
Date: 7/4/2002 5:08:42 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From: doug@seal-beach.org
To: voiceforveterans@aol.com
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Buena Park is one of the traditional OC communities. Back in the 1950's, before Disney moved into Anaheim, Knott's Berry Farm was a fun place to go, with dirt roads, Mrs. Knott's dinner house, and any other attractions a good berry farmer could figure out --like a ghost town maybe? No one may ever know how much the success of Knott's influenced wily Walt to create Disneyland, which overshadowed Knott's; but even today, BP is known as a friendly and family community. Time was when most of the locals knew the Knotts personally, OC was a different place then.

The big waste disposal problem then was tomato peels from the Hunt Food plant in Fullerton, and how to keep the Orange Trees from freezing (smudge pots).

Now, the orange trees, bean fields, and empty spaces are gone, replaced by concrete streets, malls, apartment complexes, and lots of noise and even, strange for OC, air pollution.



So why is OC still using a waiver to dispose of wastewater in the Ocean, as if there were only a few farms around? It's a big change, going from a bunch of tomato peels to millions of pathogens per cup of wastewater. Although both are composed of carbon compounds, and register as "biological oxygen demand", the danger of the former is a pale shadow of the toxic public health problem posed by the purposeful release of massive quantities of live bacteria, virus, and other nasty factors.

Buena Park once again put off Council consideration of the waiver issue, this time because their representative claimed to have "new information" -- tapes of the last monthly meeting, at which Joan Irvine Smith, heroine to many, asked the "scientists" if they could say the plume did not come to shore (answer, "no"), the study report, and some of the annual reports.

Of course, none of this info is really "new", but the council will be studying a white paper extact from these materials, in an apparent attempt to drum up support for the waiver. Each person was critical, as most waiver opponents were busy with other issues and/or the pressures of normal life. James Miller, Lisa Rosen, Dean Reineman, Larry Porter, Dr. Irwin Haydock and others spoke against the waiver. The council reconvened "off camera" to deliberate, but announced they were going to postpone the vote until July.



Tonight we see if ERF and SC flyers and telephone calls can rouse the people.

One previous month, clever OCSD management sent out dozens of confusing "public hearing" notices to local rate payers, so compelling that many drifted in, to wait for hours, only to find out that they were not being asked to pay a sewer bill! Some older folks had a hard time even getting there, then left in confusion and anger. This was supposedly to show us that any rate increase would be a hard sell, I suppose, and also to prove that they could bring in more people than we could.

At the last meeting, they only opened public comment after 10 PM or so, and changed the topic from chlorination to options.

Tonight, more changes, as the vote on the waiver has now been narrowed to options "B" (waiver) and "C" (no waiver) but postponed -- currently slated for July 17th.

Will the lack of vote stop people from attending? Or will people still come, and express their outrage at the tricks, and the waiver?

Public Comment tonight is tentatively scheduled to start at 7:30 P.M.

Come at 5:00 P.M. when you can address the "steering committee" and watch them chow down on Ratepayer-provided gourmet catered food.

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