But by volume, Seattle's 30 million gallons of raw sewage dumped into the Puget Sound is eight times as much as the Obama administration's 3.5 million gallon pollution of the Animas.
But before I tell the tale of Seattle Poo, let me go back eight winters ago to December 2008 when Seattle received its biggest snowfall in decades. The usually rainy area received more than a foot of global warming that month, including eight inches on one night.
On December 23, 2008, the Seattle Times proudly proclaimed in a headline:
Seattle refuses to use salt; roads “snow packed” by designAlex Wiggins, chief of staff for the Seattle Department of Transportation, explained the situation.
From the story:
The city’s approach means crews clear the roads enough for all-wheel and four-wheel-drive vehicles, or those with front-wheel drive cars as long as they are using chains, Wiggins said.
The icy streets are the result of Seattle’s refusal to use salt, an effective ice-buster used by the state Department of Transportation and cities accustomed to dealing with heavy winter snows.
“If we were using salt, you’d see patches of bare road because salt is very effective,” Wiggins said. “We decided not to utilize salt because it’s not a healthy addition to Puget Sound.”Whoa. The people of Seattle would rather have ambulances and firetrucks try to make it up icy hills in an emergency than allow salty water to run off into the Pacific Ocean.
Fast-forward to today.
Instead of allowing salty water to flow into the sea, the people of Seattle now are flushing their toilets into the sea.
Millions of gallons of raw sewage and untreated runoff have poured into the United States' second-largest estuary since a massive sewage treatment plant experienced equipment failures that forced it to stop fully treating Seattle's waste.
The county-run facility has been hobbling along at about half-capacity since the Feb. 9 electrical failure resulted in catastrophic flooding that damaged an underground network of pumps, motors, electric panels and other gear.
The sewage treatment plant — Washington state's largest — is only partially treating dirty water that goes down Seattle toilets and washes off roofs and roads before discharging it into Puget Sound. It's likely to face fines for violating federal clean-water laws.
"It has been a disaster, and we're not out of it yet. We still don't know really what went wrong," said Jeanne Kohl-Welles, a King County councilwoman whose district includes the 32-acre West Point Treatment Plant, on the shores of Puget Sound next to Seattle's largest public park.
"We've got to get a handle on it. I'm very concerned about the environment, the effects on marine life in the sound, public health," she added.
County officials say crews have been working around the clock to repair about $25 million in flood-related damages and bring the plant to full operations by the end of April. They note that raw sewage has not flowed from the plant since Feb. 16.I trust the Trump administration will not only seek fines but will file criminal charges against the people in charge.
That is what the Obama administration did when a company spilled 14,000 gallons of an industrial alcohol into the Elk River. The company president went to prison.
But equal justice under the law is a foreign notion to Obama and his ilk. No one went to prison for the epic EPA spill.
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