What Shonda Werts and Tommie Jones have done to Sammy Dye is still unacceptable to us. Electricity is safer and less expensive than a generator but No, the Town elected to penalize Mr. Dye until he gets 60-70% of his lot cleared Sammy has to work daily to pay for the $25.00 worth of fuel to fill his generator daily and no one is helping him pick up the metal or clear the lot. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THERE IS NO ORDINANCE.
We strongly believe that since Shonda Werts seems to be picking mainly on White People and not those of whom are Black, that she is a racist, especially since there is no ordinance relative to a building which burned to the ground. There is no humane consideration on their parts and yet you may say, well Sammy Dye is Black so how can she be a racist. Well as you are aware Sammy is a very good looking guy and the person he has chosen as his life partner is White, so you tell me.
But yet, and I have complained about this before, we are allowing a so-called car wash and detailing shop on Woody’s Property which is contaminating the aquifer. There’s no ordinance for that either, but Ms. Shonda will do nothing about it nor will Tommie Jones.
Part of the car wash and detailing process involves certain chemicals and the use of water. As you all know, despite being a renewable resource, the world is facing a water shortage. The CDC estimates that about 780 million people don’t have access to a clean water source. As the global population continues to grow, the strain on the planet’s resources grows with it.
Car wash regulations are primarily for environmental protection and occupational safety for workers. Two agencies regulate carwash and auto detailing businesses in the U.S.:
• The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) handles all matters about the environment.
• The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) takes care of workplace safety standards. OSHA is part of the Department of Labor.
Federal and state governments launched educational campaigns aimed at car owners and detailers. The goal is to make people aware of the environmental implications when washing a car. The EPA prefers that car owners use professional detailing services over a home do-it-yourself (DIY) cleaning job. The agency sites several reasons for advocating the use of cleaning experts:
• DIY car washing uses up a minimum of 40 gallons of water per wash, causing a significant drain on the community water supply.
• Excessive water use is an issue, especially in places that experience droughts and those that rely on aquatic resources for livelihood.
• All the soapy and dirty water flows into the sewers and storm drain systems without getting treated. Failing to neutralize the chemicals and contaminants in the water can pollute rivers and streams.
• The runoff that flows into other bodies of water can harm and even kill aquatic life.
But let’s look at the actual EPA Data:
Professional car wash systems create wash wastewater that can have a great impact on the environment if not properly managed and discharged.
Contaminants in wash wastewater include the following: • Oil and grease, which contain hazardous materials such as benzene, lead, zinc, chromium, arsenic, pesticides, herbicides, nitrates, and other metals
• Detergents, including biodegradable detergents, that can be poisonous to fish
• Phosphates, which are plant nutrients and can cause excessive growth of nuisance plants in water bodies
• Chemicals, such as hydrofluoric acid and ammonium bifluoride products (ABF), and solvent-based solutions that are harmful to living organisms
• Chemicals and oils used for the maintenance of cleaning machinery (for automatic systems)
• Debris that can clog storm sewer inlets and grates and thereby prevent storm water drainage to the sewer
Washing vehicles on hard, impervious surfaces such as concrete areas can cause wash wastewater flow into storm drains. It is necessary to find out if area storm and sanitary sewers are combined or separate systems.
Most wastewater is treated before it is discharged to surface water bodies such as rivers, lakes, and streams. Many newer areas and other cities have separate sewer systems; therefore, wastewater discharged to storm sewers is discharged directly to water bodies without treatment to remove pollutants.
Car wash wastewater can be harmful to humans, plants, and animals if released untreated to surface water bodies. Additionally, allowing wash wastewater to soak into the ground can be harmful because the wastewater may contaminate soil and groundwater.
The Clean Water Act requires professional car washes to route car wash wastewater to water treatment facilities or to state-approved drainage facilities designed to protect the environment. Filtration of the wastewater may be conducted before discharge to a sanitary sewer. Filtration is recommended so that fewer solids are present in the wash wastewater stream discharge to the sanitary sewer system. Filtration is mandated by the MWRDGC for wastewater that contains particles greater than 0.5 inch in diameter.
Once filtration has taken place, you will be left with a sludge that must be disposed of. Details for proper disposal are discussed below. A National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois Information presented in this publication is intended to provide a general understanding of the statutory and regulatory requirements governing car wash wastewater..
I guess it is more important to pick on a man whose house burned down than to pick on someone who is polluting our water. Right? Let’s allow someone to pollute our environment and our water system. Yet the Dyes are not polluting anything but we pick on them. Some kind of code enforcement we have in White Springs. But of course the people washing cars are Black. And from experience I can tell you, they have no clue how to wash or detail vehicles. My friend in NV owned a car wash and detail shop for Reno Dodge so I can tell you there is a system and it certainly is not being used in White Springs, causing more pollution. I used to volunteer my help when a worker was out on weekends and learned all the tricks of the trade. In Reno, the waste water was filtered and removed so it did not go into the ground water.
I think you’d better start going after people who are hurting the environment rather than those who are not. By the way who gave the car wash their business license. The EPA would love this one and they could get a hefty fine and would deserve it. And since this crap goes to the bottom of lakes and rivers, enjoy your catfish.
Karin for the blog