Mill Creek no longer faces dredge thr...

Mill Creek no longer faces dredge threat

There are 2 comments on the Times Herald story from Dec 14, 2005, titled Mill Creek no longer faces dredge threat . In it, Times Herald reports that:

Mill Creek no longer faces dredge threat Intercounty drainage board wisely withdraws its permit application After 15 years of dispute about the possible dredging of Mill Creek, the feds have stepped in with a ...

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Karl Hausler

Lansing, MI

#1 Feb 3, 2006
It wasn't the fact that EPA raised issues that forced the Drainage Board to withdraw. It wasclear in discussions with DEQ that compromise could have been reached. In fact it was EPA and DEQ's Failure to notify the Board of the objection until the 90 day window for automatic denial was about gone taht caused the Withdrawal. EPA would only have days to review the Board's proposal and claimed they could not do it within the window alloted. It had the effect of denying it on a technicality and not on the facts. In order to reinstate the Board would have had to resubmit with $2000 application fee and go through entire U.S.Army Corps of engineers Permit Process which could have delayed the project for up to another year. Even though it was the Failure of the EPA and DEQ to provide due process that created this technicality, the impact was not on them but on the citizens of the drainage district. Doesn't say much for governmental responsibility. DEQ at least admitted their error but would not waive any reapplication fee caused by their failure and could not extend 90 day EPA window thereby restoring due process and the possibility of a factual resolution of the issue.
RKOUL

Since: Dec 05

Plymouth Meeting, PA

#2 Feb 3, 2006
Karl Hausler wrote:
It wasn't the fact that EPA raised issues that forced the Drainage Board to withdraw. It wasclear in discussions with DEQ that compromise could have been reached. In fact it was EPA and DEQ's Failure to notify the Board of the objection until the 90 day window for automatic denial was about gone taht caused the Withdrawal. EPA would only have days to review the Board's proposal and claimed they could not do it within the window alloted. It had the effect of denying it on a technicality and not on the facts. In order to reinstate the Board would have had to resubmit with $2000 application fee and go through entire U.S.Army Corps of engineers Permit Process which could have delayed the project for up to another year. Even though it was the Failure of the EPA and DEQ to provide due process that created this technicality, the impact was not on them but on the citizens of the drainage district. Doesn't say much for governmental responsibility. DEQ at least admitted their error but would not waive any reapplication fee caused by their failure and could not extend 90 day EPA window thereby restoring due process and the possibility of a factual resolution of the issue.
It is the same for indoor air and radon. EPA lets down managers that want to stand upto the corrupt political agents in state government regarding radon issues. However, stays on sidelines when called in to interfere for accountability of dollars and progress made. Delaware radon grant was turned into a pop corn size "no program" to discredit threat of radon in Delaware. The lung cancer deaths in Delaware and all cancer rates in Delaware only have shown one direction (upward) regardless of the reportability of its health agencies. In Delaware, we also discriminate if we can conduct an outreach in a minority community. The health administrators would tell you, their 'minority population's" problems are due to their own behavior rather than environmental health hazards. I hope we do not have such administrators sitting in government offices in other states.

Ramney Koul, Ph.D, MBA
Ex-Radon/Right-To-Know Program Manager (for 11 years)
handled EPA grant for the state of Delaware Public Health
and discovered the fact that EPA does not take radon threat as seriously as it pitches to its grantees. An irony and betrayal of public trust. Delaware water report is all cooked up yet no one has courage to scrutinize public dollars and how they are spent? X-Ray machines and radioactive materials inspection is a joke, yet the agency is sitting quietly. Since the disappearance of orphan radioactive source does not create a news headline as in fowl water smell, it only causes childhood or adult cancer that you will not relate to a source so easily. State health agency is playing with their political timeline, defrauding its citizens and executing program managers who would want them to keep public as part of the public health equation. So it is everywhere where you have dishonest and irresponsible people: corporation, federal or state government. Feds lack courage and states lack morals! We must remember how we vote and even then party will not matter. Our democratic governance has led us down in Delaware, elsewhere republicans are getting named! It is the name of the game. Politicians have made us puppets and tax dollars as their their reward for being amoral, unjust and irresponsible!

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