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EPA Abandons Sewage Blending Plan



WASHINGTON, DC, May 19, 2005 (ENS) - The Bush administration shelved a controversial plan today that would have relaxed existing sewage treatment regulations and allowed the discharge of large volumes of partially treated wastewater into lakes and rivers across the nation.

The announcement signaled a rare victory for environmentalists, who contend the policy would roll back the Clean Water Act and harm public health and the environment.

“This decision is a critical step toward stopping sewage from being released in waterways around the country,” said Christy Leavitt, clean water advocate for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. “The EPA should take this opportunity to further protect our waters by ensuring and enforcing full treatment for all sewage.”

The proposal, announced in November 2003, centered on a practice known as “blending,” which allows operators to mix fully treated sewage with partially treated sewage and storm water and bypass secondary treatment, releasing the blend directly into the environment.   more...


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Wow, kind of makes you feel like your voice actually gets heard once in a while. Kind of gives you a warm tingly feeling about the people we voted into office to look after our interests5/20/2005 4:07:35 PM
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