The Long Beach Patch reports on the Sewage Treatment Plant Privatization Plan:
The newly formed Nassau County Coalition of Civic Associations (NCCCA) is hoping to mount pressure at halting the privatization proposal, which would involve selling or leasing the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant in East Rockaway (off Reynolds Channel), Cedar Creek Water Pollution Control Plant in Wantagh, and Glen Cove Sewage Plant to a private company.
Nassau Legis. Dave Denenberg asked state officials Thursday to rule on whether County Executive Edward Mangano can sell or lease the municipality’s sewage system to a private company.
In a letter to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Denenberg (D-Merrick) criticized the proposed privatization as a classic “one-shot budget gimmick that will result in higher sewage charges to taxpayers and less public oversight.”
The Long Beach Herald reports on the Sewage Treatment Plant Privatization Plan:
Scott Bochner of Long Beach, who has posted several videos on YouTube documenting the Bay Park sewage dumping, said there should be full disclosure and oversight of the county’s proposal, and that a citizens’ advisory committee should be established so residents can maintain a dialogue with officials.
“Everything is being done stealth — it’s under the table,” Bochner said, noting that many Nassau residents are unaware of the plan. “They’re not giving information out. Why is this decision being made without our input?”
As a taxpaying Nassau County / Long Beach resident, this is definitely something to be concerned about. But, what these articles fail to mention is the following: What’s going to stop these private operators from dumping hydrofacking water into our sewers? If operation of these plants go from public to private, will we the people lose more control over what gets dumped into our waters? Is this a way for our government to say “don’t blame us, we don’t operate it anymore” as they roll around in hydrofracking-money while giving each other pay raises and overtimes. Because that hydrofacking water is pretty damn toxic. We don’t need this money at the expense of our health and well-being.
Wait, hydrofracking water is toxic?
With hydrofracking, a well can produce over a million gallons of wastewater that is often laced with highly corrosive salts, carcinogens like benzene and radioactive elements like radium, all of which can occur naturally thousands of feet underground. Other carcinogenic materials can be added to the wastewater by the chemicals used in the hydrofracking itself. (source – Regulation Lax as Gas Wells’ Tainted Water Hits Rivers)
I’m not sure about the pros & cons of privatizing our sewage plants; it’s the hydrofracking water that I’m more concerned about. I am hoping that our Long Beach elected-officials (Fran, Len, Michael, Scott, John ) & City Manager Jack will take an official stance on blocking any fracking water from being dumped ANYWHERE Long Island, not just the Bay Park Plant in East Rockaway. All I know is that if this water starts to get dumped into our sewers then I am gonna get the frack out of here. Yep, house for sale, bye bye Long Island. Enough is enough.
Related SBC Article: Radioactive Long Island, What the Frack?