Quote of the Day - Our government teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.
MIPTC has always failed to understand why the government regulates private industry so heavily while at the same time ignoring the plank in its own eye. Take, for example, studies showing that Orange County beaches were closed 225 times nearly ten years ago due to storm water runoff, which hasn't gotten much better in the ensuing decade. Nearly 1.5 million swimmers each year are sickened by bacteria in near-shore ocean water across the country. How hard is it to take some of those tax dollars we pay and develop a system to treat runoff and non-point source pollution?
It may have just gotten a bit easier, thanks to private industry.
Abtech Industries will start in 2007 selling a filtration technology that fits like a sponge into sewer drains. It's made from recycled plastics, to boot, and according to the company, absorbs oil, PCBs and other toxins, but allows water to flow through. The latest version is also coated with an antimicrobial coating that destroys bacteria. The sponge has actually been tested here in Southern California.
The USEPA has sanctioned the company's Smart Sponge® technology as a Best Management Practice for state and local government management of storm water runoff.
Take that and stick it in your storm water drain, Orange County Sanitation District.