OSWPCA: Sunshine / Letter to OSWPCA 14May2009

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

                             13 George Drive
                             Old Saybrook CT 06475-2636
                             860 388-9858
                             14 May 2009
WPCA Chairman Pavel Wilson
Old Saybrook Town Hall
302 Main Street
Old Saybrook CT 06475-2369

Dear Chairman Wilson:

Re 20May09 scheduled 'Cornfield Park' public information session.

My letter of 160ct08 queried the consequences of "undersized septic tanks," given that a tank of any size could be labeled "undersized" by selecting an arbitrarily low pumpout frequency.

From the OSWPCA FAQ page:

"What is considered an undersized septic tank?"

Your FAQ doesn't answer the question! It doesn't tell us what an "undersized septic tank" is, rather it tells us what the current public health code requires in tank sizes. There is a difference.

There's nothing wrong with upgrading health codes in accord with perceived need. But there is something wrong with applying new health code standards retroactively to systems that met the current code when built in the absence of overwhelming public or private danger. We don't require functioning antique cars to install collapsing steering columns and air bags, though that might make more sense.

Rather than hold meetings, why not just tell us what we are required to do to meet the demands of our fascist masters and let us get on with our lives?

What are the current consequences to homeowners whose so-called "undersized" septic tanks were installed in good faith under the then-extant public health code?
                             Very truly yours,

                             Joel R. Anderson
e: Copy of 16Oct08 letter, to which OSWPCA did not respond.