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Geologist Skeptical Of Treatment Plant
The Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority (WVSA) plans to allow the building of a frackwater treatment plant along the Susquehanna River must be stopped
It's absurd for the WVSA board members to even consider, let alone pick, someone to design, build and operate a natural gas waste-water treatment facility along the Susquehanna River, as was voted upon at Tuesday's meeting.
Even though they say they aren't making a commitment until they do more homework, it sure sounds like they already made up their minds.
The company chosen by the board says that water dumped into the Susquehanna will be treated to drinking water standards. While it is quite possible that frackwater can be turned into drinking water, the costs would be prohibitive.
Furthermore, if the water is treated to drinking water standards, then why does it need to be dumped into the Susquehanna at all?
It appears to me that what they want to do is to dilute their contaminated water with the treated sewage until it just barely meets the requirements of an NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimi-nation System) permit and then dump it into the Susquehanna River.
This is just one more attempt to discharge contami-nated water into the streams and rivers in our area. It was tried in Wyoming County at Lemon Twp. and Eaton Twp. Both were refused by DEP.
Isn't it interesting that the WVSA already has a sewage treatment plant and NPDES permit already in place?
What these people want is access to the Susquehanna River so they can dump contaminated water into it. All the rest is all smoke and mirrors.
When I was a boy growing up in Harding, I spent my summers in and on the Susquehanna River.
At that time there were no environmental laws and everyone who lived along the Susquehanna threw their garbage over the riverbank.
The river was one long dump used for the disposal of anything that was unwanted, from daily household garbage to old boats, furniture and sometimes even whole cars.
The bottoms of my feet are covered with scars from stepping on cans and broken bottles.
During the late 1950's and early 1960's, the cleanup of the area began. The undaunting effort to remove the junk that was tossed into the river paid off.
In 2009 ,I took my scuba gear and drifted down the river for approximately a mile, I found only two pieces of construction debris that looked like aluminum siding. I found no cans, no bottles and no garbage of any kind.
To avoid the mistakes of the past, we need to be very vocal and very active in protecting not only our precious water resources but our environment as well.
I don't want to see us moving backward.
George E. Turner, P.G.