Environmental Press # 66

Subj: OOG: Register Articles and Editorial, Wake-Up Call
Date: Sun, 14 Jul 2002 2:24:21 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Jon V3
To: Jon V3
Dear Ocean Outfall Group (OOG), dedicated to ending the 301(h) waiver held by the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD):

Today's Orange County Register has a front-page article and a typical cave-man editorial that clearly illustrates the Register's obvious tilt to the OCSD. See the articles and editorial at: Sewage treatment on tap , and: Plume not key beach villain? , and: Register Politics of Pollution Editorial 7-14-02 . Never mind the science which might implicate the plume, like the elevated readings in the November 1996 20-meter study, the September 15, 2001 readings of enterococci in Newport Beach, the Feb. 11, 2002 study showing the plume coming down Newport Canyon, or the March 14, 2002 elevations along the Newport Beach shoreline. The Register seems intent on seeing only the science that OCSD wants to show them. Letters To The Editor are needed today. Send to: letters@ocregister.com. Sample Letter below. THIS IS EVEN MORE REASON TO HAVE A BIG TURNOUT AT OCSD THIS COMING WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 6PM. As you can see from the articles and editorial, some city councilmen, like the Register, are set in their ways. The only way we can show them that the public won't stand for being kept in the dark-ages of sewage treatment and ocean pollution, is to show up in force, and bring a friend. That's at the OCSD offices, 10844 Ellis Ave, corner Ellis and Euclid, Euclid exit off the 405 Freeway, Fountain Valley, 6 PM.

 

 

Thanks.
Jan Vandersloot (949) 548-6326

Sample Letter

To: letters@ocregister.com
Subject: Letters To The Editor: Politics of Pollution

To The Editor:

Steve Greenhut obviously misses the point of the effort to get rid of the waiver that is responsible for the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD)'s practice of discharging only partially treated sewage into the ocean to the tune of 240 million gallons a day (Politics of Pollution, July 14). There is plenty of science to show that the sewage plume is making its way close to the shoreline, even onto the shoreline, that the OCSD chooses to ignore or belittle because they have a vested interest in keeping the waiver. OCSD's own data from November 20, 1996, September 15, 2001, February 11, 2002, and March 14, 2002, show the plume coming within ocean waters protected for recreational users of the ocean. In February, 2002, the OCSD became so alarmed that the plume is coming too close for comfort that they are instituting a crash program of disinfection to protect ocean-goers from the sewage plume. It is time that the OCSD came out of its dark-ages mentality and rose up from being the worst of the 16,024 sanitation agencies in the United States in terms of treating the sewage from its 2.35 million Orange County residents to full secondary standards. I hope everyone in Orange County who wants a clean ocean will show up at the July 17 OCSD Board meeting, 10844 Ellis Ave, Fountain Valley, to voice their opinion to "Do Us a Favor, Get Rid of the Waiver",

Sincerely,

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