Bypassing eco-friendly waste treatment technology a cop-out in La Peche, Quebec

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by admin on March 16, 2011

The Editor:

OK, I don’t always pretend to understand all the ins and outs of politics, small town or otherwise, but I have been hearing a lot of disturbing things. A styrofoam plant in Wakefield, Quebec? A waste treatment facility in Farrellton?

And if I am reading these things correctly, the plan for the waste treatment facility is an outdated version that will dump minimally-treated sewage into the Gatineau River? OK, this is a joke?

This is the Gatineau Hills! We have to have better options that what I am hearing! Every day we face choices about how we treat our planet, and a waste treatment facility is a necessary evil. However, does it have to be an outdated model? If it does have to happen, why can’t it be one of those new eco-friendly models that are essentially man-made wetlands that naturally filter the waste.

Look up aqua-treat. I am not saying this is a viable solution, but it is something that should be held up as a possible alternative. Just because a treatment facility is needed, does it mean we have to build the first plant that is recommended?

I understand a more eco-friendly plant would probably be a huge expense, but isn’t our planet worth it? Isn’t our river worth it? Once contaminated, it can never be fixed. We need to think with our hearts, not our wallets.

And I don’t know about anyone else, but minimally-treated or maximally-treated waste is waste, and treated means chemicals, and as far as I can see, that is not a solution. It’s a cop-out.

As for the styrofoam plant, well, that’s another rant!

Bev Ironside Foley

Low, Quebec