Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hurray! Bull Run variance secured!

Today the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced that a variance has been approved.

Click here for OHA webpage on the subject.   Click here for Oregon Public Health Division Press Release.    Click here for the final Order.  Click here for coverage by The Oregonian.  Click here for Commissioner Randy Leonard's blog on the subject.

Huge thanks to each of you who have fought consistently to protect the Bull Run from pollution, contamination and human disturbance. You have also protected rate-payers, for now, from the unnecessary, huge expense of a new treatment plant.  Click here for a partial list of those who supported the variance request to the OHA.  Congratulations!

While we've made significant progress, our work is not over...

The state can revoke this variance with future detections of cryptosporidium. The only EPA- approved method for detection of cryptosporidium is notoriously faulty, and the rule itself is not based on sound science.  This is why it is still so important to secure a permanent change in the federal LT2 rule, now under review by the EPA.

We also await news from OHA on the request from the Portland Water Bureau and our diverse coalition for an extension of the timeline for unnecessary burial and construction of in-town reservoirs.   Stay tuned!

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