Had a long, thought provoking conversation with an Arlington Storm Water staff person in following up with a dumping event at Brown & Crystal Canyon.
TCEQ dropped the ball in not following up on a call in to the EPA National Response Center, who delegated it to the state. Luckily the city was already aware of this in early December…was told businesses illegally dumping happens everywhere all across the world, but that it happens LESS in other countries because there is value placed on water and value in having to dispose of LESS in landfills….why/how?… They have higher prices on products, water, & landfill rates….we (here in the US) have water for cheap in comparison to other countries…and we have the least amount of disregard for it’s cleanliness. After the conversation I circled back to…my idea that the city/state needs to PAY businesses & citizens to deliver their toxic waste (especially when we change the oil from our vehicles) to the proper facilities as money is an incentive almost no one ignores. I am convinced it would be cost effective to prevent pollution than to clean it up, treat the waters (with more chemicals), investigate who is dumping, etc…..Like a carbon tax, we need to build an awareness of the price of polluted air & water…it all comes back to money….I believe repeat, commercial sales of products that can pollute need to be tied to it’s proper disposal or they shouldn’t be able to buy anymore of that pollutant. Now fertilizers and herbicides can’t count and so I scratch my head and say….we allow dumping on our own yards & farms and then complain about all that runoff (high nitrates)…into our drinking water? High nitrates kill the young….great for plants, but not for the inhabitants of the planet-rant over.