Former environment minister’s argument on sewage hits mark

Re: Money for treatment plant not in bank yet (Opinion, July 20)

Re: Money for treatment plant not in bank yet (Opinion, July 20)

David Anderson’s logical and concise opposition to the Capital Regional District’s proposed wastewater treatment plans is weakened by his negative comments regarding federal funding assistance.

Yes, some regional activists perceive the current CRD sewage system to be inadequate. No, that does not warrant the province receiving an increased and disproportionate share of forthcoming national infrastructure funding.

Based on the reported findings of a multi-disciplinary team of 10 from the University of Victoria and the work by six current and former public health officers, Anderson emphasizes that there are neither environmental needs nor health benefits to be realized with the CRD’s proposed sewage plan. This lack of a verified requirement must be a determining factor, and confirms there is no justification for a new sewage system that will cost every household in the CRD hundreds of dollars every year.

Over what are now years of discussing sewage options, we’ve been subjected to the media-focused hijinks of Mr. Floatie. That this brown-costumed individual impersonating excrement may have influenced public opinion is unfortunate. That Mr. Floatie may have had a greater influence than local scientists and technical experts is sad commentary on our collective judgement.

The final decision on the CRD sewage proposal is a political decision. It’s time to convince our elected representatives of the error of their ways. Media noise is not general consensus, and in this matter our UVic scientists and public health officers should be trusted.

The proposed CRD sewage extravaganza must be stopped.

Ron Johnson

Saanich

 

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