I am going to start my calling again at 8. I have three pages of names and numbers to call about this sewage plant that is discharging 80,000 gallons per day of treated waste into the ditch in front of my property. I have left two messages for the agent at DEQ, who was assigned to my complaint, to call me. I wanted to add to my complaint of sewage coming onto my property, that the noise of the generator is deafening. It will be worse when winter comes and takes all the green off the trees and shrubs. It is like having a loud, insistent bug orbiting your head and you canít swat it and you canít escape it. Most annoying. They can muffle that a little.
I spoke with the VP of the company with the plant. She was ugly and pushed her weight with me. She said they have permission to discharge into the ditch and they arenít going anywhere. The further brush off she gave me was to tell me be glad itís just temporary. They have until the end of 2005. Oy. I am not sitting well with that. I am going to yammer until they bore under the highway and send the effluent to the ditch over there like they said they would. Either they are liars, or mean, or stupid. Maybe all three.
At least, the smell went away for the time being. I learned from the parish engineer, who was instrumental in helping them get their permit, that they were pumping raw (as in untreated) sewage for two weeks into that ditch. He said that plant is a mess. Oh great!! The VP of the company used to work for the DEQ, and that was one thing she did immediately apologize for and tried to explain to me how they should have put in sludge from another plant in this one to get the process activated. Didnít Janine tell them all that if/when they malfunction, the Mangunos were invariably going to suffer. Yes, if all works well, it should be safe for me to walk on my property through the discharge, but do all these plants work well, all the time. No.
They are making me feel like a genius.
Happy Belated birthday to Patrick. 11 will be a good year for you. I just know it.