Beaver Fever Fanaticism: EPA Eco-Radicals Are Hurting Families at the Tap
Every time the EPA forces a city to build something, that city will be forced to borrow money. This borrowing drives up water rates and even tax rates.
New York City argues that it has had to spend roughly $15 billion from 2002- 2010 just to fulfill legal mandates like the EPA eco-dome and UV Death Star array.
Not surprisingly, the price of water has increased over 93% during the same timeframe, and will have increased by 137% from 2002 by the end of this fiscal year.
That is not to say that cryptosporidium and giardia are not problems. They are, especially if one is suffering from a grave illness.
In 1993, cryptosporidium found its way into the Milwaukee water supply, sickening locals. The New England Journal of Medicine reported that the contamination came from Lake Michigan, possibly from the release of raw sewage into the lake. Milwaukee, for a variety of logistical reasons, was unable to monitor the water properly. The New England Journal of Medicine article recommended continuous monitoring of water as a solution in the absence of an inexpensive method.
New York, in contrast, doesn’t get its water from Lake Michigan, but from a highly protected rural watershed, making contamination from sewage unlikely. Furthermore, it tests its water over and over and over and over again. The Milwaukee problem is not an issue in New York City, which has taken innovative and cost-effective means to keep its water safe.
As even the liberal Senator Chuck Schumer likes to point out, New York’s reservoir has been uncovered for close to a century, without major health concerns. Even Schumer understands that “New York City should not be made to comply with rules that are unduly onerous or costly and not based on the best available data.”
New York is not the only city burdened by costly EPA mandates. There are plenty of news reports chronicling the struggles of localities attempting to comply with EPA mandates.
Syracuse, in economically challenged upstate New York, must spend $34 million for a new reservoir system to comply with EPA rules.
Ohio is getting hit especially hard by EPA water mandates. Cincinnati is building a $30 million UV plant, which the Cincinnati Enquirer called its largest water investment in two decades. Columbus, the largest city in Ohio, is reportedly attempting compliance with EPA mandates, even though it claims there is no crypto in its tap water.
The list goes on. Not surprisingly, national water rates have increased dramatically from 1999-2008.
So, why then is the EPA making NYC clean its already clean water? It could be a bizarre commitment to outdated rules. Or a one-size-fits-all approach to regulation. Or maybe even a belief that the federal government will always know better than a locality.
With or without an eco-dome and UV light Star Wars array, New York’s water will be as clean as ever, but at the added cost of $3 billion to satisfy the EPA eco-fanatics.
Oddly enough, President Obama signed an executive order recognizing the need for regulatory flexibility. Obviously his EPA neglected to read it. One thing is certain -- water in the Obama years is about to get much more expensive, especially in politically important regions like Ohio.