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Kilmer asks EPA head to address sewage issue with Canada

July 7th, 2014 - 2:21pm

(Washington D.C) – Congressman Derek Kilmer has called for a federal official to raise the issue of sewage being dumped into the Strait of Juan de Fuca with her Canadian government counterpart.

Kilmer made the request in a letter sent last week to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy.

McCarthy will be attending the annual meeting of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation later this month.

In the letter sent last week, Representative Kilmer noted that for several decades now, the people of British Columbia have failed to implement commonly accepted sewage treatment practices and have instead continued to dump millions of liters of raw effluent into the Strait of Juan de Fuca waters on a daily basis.

The Environmental Protection Agency has noted a correlation in this action with the decreasing levels of dissolved oxygen throughout the Salish Sea.

Kilmer says as a Peninsula native, he is deeply aware of the effects that ongoing water pollution has had and will continue to have on our environment and marine economy.

Until recently, the construction of a water treatment facility plant in the Township of Esquimalt by 2018 was anticipated to finally address this problem but the project was suspended indefinitely.

The Salish Sea is an economic and cultural lifeline for the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. Washington state’s maritime economy supports 30-billion dollars in economic activity each year and provides 148-thousand jobs.

On June 13th, Kilmer led members of the Washington state delegation in sending a letter to the British Columbia premier, asking that she work promptly to resolve this issue due to the importance of these waters to both British Columbia and the United States.

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