Wednesday, February 10, 2010

SB513 Sponsors ignore the facts

Vic Willman, from Raritan Engineering, took a look at this link:

and did some math. Take a look and then ask why are the sponsors of SB513 going after Type I and Type II MSD owners who do not pollute at all (and even if you believe their "nutrient" claims, then we contribute
.00034 or three thousands of 1% of the annual nutrient load to the Bay).  Then use this link to contact the members of the Senate Education, Health & Environmental Committee and let them know you oppose SB513.

(Follow the instructions to click the first Senator's name, then shift-click the last name to select all of them)

Vic's Figures:

I tallied up the numbers for 2009 and it came to a little over 26,000,000 gallons, just from Baltimore City and Baltimore County! Twenty-six million gallons! On 10/28/09, there were over 800,000 gallons and on 12/26/09, 22,000,000 gallons! Twenty-two million gallons in just one day! It was the day after Christmas and the overflow lasted for 9 1/2 hours, and went into the Patapsco River - which incidently, empties into the Chesapeake. And these are the figures right from the State of Maryland, plus about 1/3 of the entries didn't put in an estimate of the overflow; they just left it blank! Maybe another 200,000 (?) gallons or so, that weren't even counted.

To match that, at approximately 1/2 gallon of water per flush of a marine toilet, there would have to be 52 million flushes of marine toilets during 2009 somewhere on the Bay, and their discharges would all have to be untreated, which they are not.

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