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Politics Ignore Science

  Outfall Marine Life

Science backs validity of ocean discharge (Burchill)

APRIL 19, 2014

Re: “CRD selected best possible sewage-treatment plan,” April 16.

The writers erred in suggesting that the sewage debate includes persons advocating no sewage treatment.

The Capital Regional District years ago selected the proven science of marine treatment via long ocean outfalls as the best option for Victoria. Based on CRD documentation, the province was convinced that the system would not pollute, but approved the system with the condition that the CRD monitor it and use the data to show non-believers that the system safely treats our sewage.

If the writers review that science and data, they could understand why marine-based treatment has been accepted by a British Royal Commission, the U.S. National Research Council and the World Health Organization.

Such a review reveals that keeping our current low-environmental-impact system is a viable option, and accords with Prof. Caterino Valeo’s statement that “low-impact development in urban regions is now recognized as the only option in sustainable urban design.”

Also, after such review, they might wish to retract their claim that our effluent discharge practice is dangerous.

Brian Burchill
Chairman, Association for Responsible and Environmentally Sustainable Sewage Treatment
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