It's presented as a ban on "Fracking Wastewater" used in road "de-icing" or "brine."
But it solves this minor problem by banning many recycled materials and putting undue burdens on contractors.
The result is not likely to kill the fly and will undoubtedly break the table
Anti-fossil fuel extremists are pushing local ordinances "under the radar" throughout Connecticut, in small towns like Greenwich, Ridgefield and West Hartford.
Unlike activists in other states, the ordinance being pushed on local boards and selectmen in CT prohibits far more than hydraulic fracturing wastewater. It bans many things which we recycle and blocks progress.
The proposed ban is so broad that it affects Asphalt, Concrete and Steel. It requires builders to certify the impossible and even prohibits commodity trading.
Since steel and asphalt and concrete can all contain bits recycled from oil drilling sites and equipment, the proposed ban would prevent the town and town residents from building, or require us to break the law. This is silly.
The wording being circulated among towns like Greenwich is different than elsewhere. Our version is so broad that it bans everything from gasoline to steel.
The proposed ordinance bans "beneficial use" and the use of "treated" wastes, prohibiting useful recyclables, like aggregate and steel, even AFTER these have been TESTED for contaminants and have undergone a complete environmental impact analysis.
Regulations at the Federal, Regional, and State level, protect us from having toxic chemicals introduced into our towns.
Don't let proponents of this ban mislead you with vague talk of "loopholes" and "exclusions" and "Big Oil" and "secret chemicals."
Banning waste at the Town level adds no protection and has many drawbacks, including prohibiting recycling, and increasing liability for the town and for homeowners.
Recycling saves our environment, by helping us reduce land fills and ocean dumping. Recycling lowers demand for our scarce natural resources. This saves our forests, our open space, and rivers and oceans.
Before ANY waste can be recycled the State DEEP must issue a "Beneficial Use Determination." This process includes a complete analysis of the contents of the waste as well as an environmental impact assessment.
Asphalt and concrete are the pillars of modern construction. Both contain recycled materials and both are made using aggregate.
Aggregate is crushed rock, with bits of metal, glass and more. Aggregate is used on it's own, or mixed with tars, or cement to make asphalt, or concrete. Because aggregate contains recycled material, it is impossible to know the origin of any batch of concrete or asphalt.
Steel used in oil & gas well construction, as well as metal brought up by drilling is recovered and recycled. In some cases, metal slag from incinerators is extracted and recycled. Some countries require this; We should encourage this.
The ban proposed for some CT Towns like Greenwich, Ridgefield and others, would prohibit recycling of concrete, metal and asphalt, if they contain material recycled from wells.