Legislators eye ways to trigger a review should project costs run too high
If the DWQ's desired discharge levels are ultimately adopted, sewer
departments/districts across the state will likely have to scrap entire
treatments plants and start over at a collective cost of billions to Utah rate
payers. We want to protect the environment, but common sense has to prevail
over radical activism.
the reason the Legislature is weighing in on this issue is the overreach on the
part of the Utah Division of Water Quality For example:"We have no intention of proposing standards that don't make
sense and are not scientifically defensible,""Prior to the
2015 adoption of a technology-based limit for phosphorus, Gaddis said the state
spent five years meeting with treatment plant operators and others in a public
outreach effort."Both statement are not accurate. Although the agency met with treatment plant operators, the current
phosphorous limit was mandated as a compromise measure and was not
technology-based or scientifically defensible. If cost is a relevant component
in evaluating limits, why was it not a consideration in establishing the
initial phosphorous limit. Some of the plants are now faced with very high
costs, in order to meet a minor reduction of phosphorous in their discharge.
Now there's a great idea —- seek legislative approval every time a
political subdivision in the state has a project that exceeds $10 million. As
if the legislature isn't already micro-managing enough!There is
a cost that comes if we want to have clean air, water and a quality of life that
draws us here and makes us want to stay. But if we want Utah Lake to continue
to be an A-list "do not recreate here" location and the Jordan River to
continue to be essentially a storm sewer, then we're going about it the
right way. And that way is to let politics, ignorance, short-sightedness and
special interests get in the way of science and progress.
When most of our lawmakers are also developers, builders and realtors,
don't expect any regulations that put citizen's safety and well being
ahead of profits for developers.
So if your town is poor then water quality simply doesnt matter? Go ahead
and cause more algae blooms?
lets elect someone in this state who will take this seriously, water is a
precious resource in this state but the folks who hold the majority in this
state could care less, definitely no long term plans or ideas from the
politicians... if they did think long term, we could actually call them public