OSWPCA: Sunshine / Letter to OSWPCA 17Nov2009

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

                             13 George Drive
                             Old Saybrook CT 06475-2636
                             860 388-9858
                             17 November 2009
WPCA Chairman Pavel Wilson
Old Saybrook Town Hall
302 Main Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475

Dear Chairman Wilson:
       "It is difficult to get a man to understand 
       something, when his salary depends on his not 
       understanding it." - Upton Sinclair.
Re Don Lucas's response, i. e., OSWPCA's response, of 21Oct09 to my query letter of 15Oct09 addressed to Pavel Wilson, OSWPCA chairman, regarding replacing 200 'undersized' tanks.

Lucas's letter is not responsive to my request for scientific facts, facts that would demonstrate that upgrading so-called 'undersized' tanks would reduce pollution. Coupled with the fact that you have no evidence that 'undersized' tanks are contributing to pollution, your program to replace these tanks is problematical for at least the following additional reasons:
1. Voters cannot nullify the eminent domain law of the 
   State by establishing a Waste Water Managment District.

   'Replacing' (tanks) is just another word for a Summary 
   Condemnation, via an ex post facto rule, against 
   homeowners whose property is forfeit as status offenders 
   merely by being owners of so-called 'undersized' tanks. 
   This promises to damage 200 owners in the collective 
   amount of $600,000 without an offer of compensation.

2. There is no CT law that says that 'undersized' tanks must 
   be brought up to current code every time the Health Dept 
   increases its recommended specifications.

3. The OSWPCA is unable to provide a guarantee that, if 
   pollution is reduced anywhere in Old Saybrook as a result 
   of OSWPCA eminent domain takings, that any remaining 
   pollution will satisfy a currently non-existent DEP 
   specification for an 'acceptable level' of pollution.
Let me know when you're ready to open negotiations to buy my property.
                             Very truly yours,

                             Joel R. Anderson
e: Don Lucas of 210ct09 to Joel Anderson

c: Michael Pace, 1st Selectman