OSWPCA: Sunshine / Letter to AG Blumenthal 5Aug2009

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---------------------------> Joel R. Anderson

                             13 George Drive
                             Old Saybrook CT 06475-2636
                             860 388-9858
                             5 August 2009
Hon. Richard Blumenthal, AG
Office of the Attorney General
55 Elm Street
Hartford CT 06106

Re the scheduled Old Saybrook August 11th vote on establishing (or not) a Waste Water Management District (WWMD) at the urging of the town-financed lobbying agency, the Water Pollution Control Authority (OSWPCA).
1. The OSWPCA is a single-purpose agency whose sole 
   concern is avoiding sewers, sewers which could come as 
   a result of a court order to end pollution.

2. The OSWPCA has never addressed the downside of its 
   proposed WWMD, nor the benefits of sewers. What happens 
   in areas of town where the most intensive onsite waste 
   disposal won't work?

3. The OSWPCA has never addressed the cost of sewers except 
   in the vaguest terms. Instead the OSWPCA has indulged in 
   scare tactics. Sewers are always more expensive, in the 
   absence of hard numbers on the cost of sewers, and sewers 
   will change the character of the town whatever that means.

4. OSWPCA presentations to the public included no 
   alternative to a WWMD. Take it or leave it. If this is 
   'informing the public' we need a new definition.
OSWPCA Chm. Wilson's letter of 31Jul09 (to myself) fails to address the issues raised in my letters concerning, a) undersized septic tanks, b) documented areas of town subject to flooding, c) failure to identify sources of pollution, and d) failure to address the cost of taking of properties that have no onsite waste water solution.

Prior to an up/down vote on August 11th to establish (or not) a WWMD, the OSWPCA has no authority. It's a lobby with a blinkered view. If the WMMD is established by vote, that blinkered view will have forclosed at great expense ($41m) a possible better solution to pollution, sewers, without any discussion of the benefits of sewers, and without any discussion of the downside risk of a WWMD - which may lead to, if portions of the WWMD fail or prove too costly, sewers.

Choice, no choice. The August 11th vote is a vote on whether or not propaganda for a WWMD supercedes an alternative that was never discussed, sewers.

The August 11th vote should be postponed.
                             Very truly yours,

                             Joel R. Anderson
e: Joel Anderson's letters to OSWPCA Chairman Pavel Wilson
dated 16Oct08, 14May09, 2Jul09, 6Jul09, and 30Jul09.

Pavel Wilson's letter to Joel Anderson, 31Jul09.

Michael Pace, 1st Selectman
Town of Old Saybrook
302 Main St
Old Saybrook CT 06475

Pavel Wilson, Chairman OSWPCA
Town of Old Saybrook
302 Main St
Old Saybrook CT 06475

Betsey Wingfield, Bureau Chief
Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse
Department of Environmental Protection
79 Elm St
Hartford CT 06106-5127