Money better spent on toxin prevention

Re: Sewage forum comes too late, Our View, June 1, 2011.

In your editorial you complain, “The ball started rolling a long time ago, and it isn’t about to stop.”

This may be correct, especially if we give in, and in so doing, condone the wrong plan. As Eldridge Cleaver said, “You’re either part of the solution or you’re part of the problem”.

We owe it to our children and our grandchildren to ensure their money is spent on initiatives that really make this a better world, not on ineffective perceptions rooted in misinformation.

The Capital Regional District’s $1 billion plan will simply remove the nutrients from Victoria’s sewage and deprive zillions of ocean critters of jobs and sustenance.

A young lady at the forum asked the panel whether it was preferable to incinerate sludge and allow trace metals such as mercury to pollute the air, or, allow them into the ocean? Obviously, neither.

Instead, prevent them from entering the sewage in the first place. In fact, this is what the CRD is already doing, very effectively.

Imagine their success if even a fraction of the $1 billion was diverted to further prevent nasties from entering the sewers.

Bob Furber

Saanich

 

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