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Friday, March 31, 2017

Seattle is the biggest polluter

Move over U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Its contamination of the Animas River in Colorado under Barack Obama's regime was impressive  -- an orange river contaminated by toxins and heavy metals is a foul-up only a government could create.

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 design
Alex 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.

From ABC:
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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  1. Yep, fine them heavily, prosecute them and throw them in jail, and when they whine just say that the Justice Dept used Obama rules on them. Petard, Hoist.

  2. Did you ever hear of the story of USS Lexington (CV-2) and the City of Tacoma? Go look that one up if you want to hear a story about competence and gratitude.

    -Mikey NTH

    1. I certainly hadn't. Great story there:
      Note this para: "The request for the Lexington was opposed by Puget Sound Power & Light and by Seattle City Light, which claimed that the drought did not affect their operations. After the Lexington left Tacoma in January 1930, Seattle requested that the ship help out there. The Navy declined."

    2. OMG....I had never heard this story before and I lived in Tacoma for most of the Seventies!! Thank you all for this! Somebody like FNC should run a story on this at Christmastime! And now when I read WW2 history of the battles in the Pacific, I'll think even more fondly of the "Lady Lex."

  3. Don - do you have a source for the jail part of the Elk River spill? The Wikipedia article doesn't mention jail for anyone.

    1. justice in a America - Former president of Freedom Industries sentenced to 1 month in prison for chemical spill

  4. I know this is rocket science and not widely appreciated, but that water there in Puget Sound has significant amounts of salt (and all kinds of other chemicals, but let's start slowly). Complicated stuff, I know, but it's a crazy liberal world out there now.

    1. Since it feeds into the Pacific via the Straits of Juan de Fuca and Georgia, the ocean saltwater intermingles. I guess the fine folks of Seattle Power & Light don't understand that and think the Sound is a freshwater body like Lake Washington is.
      What happens when liberals take over an area should be a crime.

  5. I see they have a hyphenated named woman on top of things there. Well that's a relief.

  6. Chances are there is zero self awareness on the part of most people living there regarding the context you put things in for this post.

    1. Agreed. They are smug, arrogant eco warriors - in their own minds.

  7. Only a piddly 30 million gallons of sewage discharge?

    Sorry Seattle, it that's your best shot you are not even in the game.

    " How Well Were CSO Events Controlled?
    Even though system rainfall was about 44% higher than average, the system experienced only
    five overflows (two in the summer, three in the winter). Total overflow discharge for the year
    was about 975 MG, which was about 3.1% of the total volume handled by the combined and
    sanitary collection systems. This equates to 96.9% volume control, exceeding the 94% level of
    control for which the system was designed."

    975 million gallons beats 30 million all to hell. Just a few decades ago Portlandia consistently discharged more then 6 billion gallons of wastewater each year. Yeah, they weren't even trying back then.

    If we treated the City of Portland like we do corporations, fined the crap of of the city for these highly toxic sewage spills, I am comfortable they would wind down to near nothing. But we don't so the City of Portland remains Oregon's largest and most consistent polluter.

    Mark Sherman