Discharging sewage to sea still the Capital Regional District’s best option

Expenditure based on dubious science a slap in the face for scientists

Re: Government funds in, sewage project moving ahead (News, July 18)

So the funds have been found to perpetrate the crime.

Building a land-based sewage treatment plant is nothing less, for it uses a law intended to protect the environment to almost certainly do it harm.

There is no point in the scientists and medical health officers devoting their lives to science and medicine; more note is taken of economists.

Fifty years of research on three continents is being ignored, but it is the trashing of lives that is most sickening.

The cost-benefit is being ignored.

How many lives could be saved in medicine, or how much benefit could be accrued in education with the use of upwards of a billion dollars?

I finish with one of many quotes from my book, Victoria’s Sewage Circus. UK Royal Commission on environmental pollution, 1984: “With well-designed sewage outfalls, we believe that discharge to the sea is not only acceptable, but in cases environmentally preferable.”

Nowhere are conditions better than here.

Ted Dew-Jones


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