Saturday, September 25, 2010

Unbroken Ocean Environmental Pollution Record - Not nuclear subs, not oil wells, not even oil

May 31, 2010 - Worst US Environmental Disaster Definitely Not from an Oil Well revisited...

Even Columbia University's (the highest) estimate for BP's Gulf Oil spill (~185 million gallons total) is much less than the raw sewage releases into the ocean by just New York and the District of Columbia (30 Billion gallons per year, not counting discharges from any other coastal cities, and nations). In addition to fecal coliform and disease, other pollutants may include pharmaceutical trace drugs, nickel, copper, zinc, cadmium, lead and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

The government's final best estimate of the BP spill was a shade more than 172 million gallons reported Thursday. According to a zany study by two Columbia University researchers based upon watching a video of oil spewing from the well, the real number is nearly 185 million gallons of spilled oil [same link].

Every year, old sewers flooded by stormwater release more than 27 billion gallons of untreated sewage into the New York Harbor alone... An inadequate sewage treatment infrastructure jeopardizes the viability of current and future businesses, stymies economic growth and threatens the quality of life for New York State residents. - 2010 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

The District of Columbia, in a settlement with federal environmental officials, agreed to build a $1.4 billion underground storm water storage system over the next 20 years to prevent raw sewage from entering rivers during heavy storms, the Justice Department said. The agreement should stop the annual discharge of an estimated 3.2 billion gallons of untreated sewage into the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers and Rock Creek. Eric Lipton (NYT)

Submarines are always silent and strange.



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