"Senator Patty Acts Batty"
Blevins "I got mine" attitude leaves
Wilmington, June 19. At a press conference on Wednesday, June 21 (12:15 PM) in the 1st floor conference room of the Louis L Redding Public Building three groups unveiled a plan for a Bill in the General Assembly to set a deadline for the City of Wilmington to correct ongoing problems with its antiquated Combined Overflow (CSO) -- which dumps raw sewage in the Brandywine and Christina Rivers.
The Bill, which has more than enough sponsors to pass in the Delaware House of Representatives, is being ignored by State Senators at the behest of Senator Patricia Blevins. The Senator finds the Bill (copy attached) "confrontational"-- never mind that kids swim in the untreated waste water and that people fish and eat their catch from these polluted rivers.
Over a year ago Blevins chaired the State CSO Task Force, the conclusion of which was that of Wilmington s 38 CSOs four (# 27, # 28, #29, #30) were identified as in critical need of clean up. Only CSO s 28 & 29 are funded for remediation these two are in Blevins district and outside of the city limits.
In their present condition the CSO s can transmit diseases that include: roundworms, tapeworms, meningitis, and mononucleosis. The Bill requires the City to clean up the CSO's by January 1, 2008. The City has asked for 18 years an entire generation to address the problem. Wilmington s Capital Budget for the next six years has set aside a mere 1.7% (2.5 million) for CSO remediation the cost of cleaning up one CSO!
Green Delaware, Wilmington River-City Committee, and Waterfront Watch called for passage of the sewer cleanup bill before the 140th General Assembly ends on June 30th.
Please call your State Senator & State Representative and ask them to support and pass the CSO Bill before June 30th:
Delaware Senate, Wilmington Offices:
577-8744 (Dems) 577-8714 (Reps)
Delaware House, Wilmington Offices:
577-8723 (Reps) 577-8476 (Dems)
Spread the word--ask a friend or family member to call too.
For a copy of the CSO Bill call Legislative Council: (800) 282-8545
IF NOT YOU........THEN WHO?
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