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E-M:/ musings in the landfills

Enviro-Mich message from GreenPlanet <riccawu@MNSi.Net>

Does anyone know what the city of Detroit or surrounding areas do with
leachate from landfills.  Do they dump it into the Detroit sewage treatment
plant, or the Wyandotte plant, as they do in Windsor?  According to the
Ministry of Environment for Ontario dumping leachate into a treatment plant
whether it is primary or secondary or tertiary is a violation of the Ontario
Water Quality Objectives and we suspect this is also a violation of the
Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Organics are still able to get into the
Detroit River.
A engineering study in Windsor says that its no problem because the leachate
from the landfill is not affecting rainbow trout or water fleas.  What do
you think?   Seems the idea is that dilution is the best solution.  It also
seems hypocritical that the public is encouraged to take household hazardous
waste to a waste depot for proper disposal but municipalities (at least in
Ontario) can  dump contaminated leachate into the Great Lakes.

Rick Coronado
Citizens Environment Alliance of SW Ontario

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