jeudi 27 septembre 2007

Phosphorous solution doesn't wash with experts

Phosphorous solution doesn't wash with experts
MICHELLE LALONDE
The Gazette
Published: 5 hours ago

The Quebec government's plan for tackling the blue-green algae problem in the province's lakes and rivers got barely a passing grade from lake and wastewater experts yesterday. MORE >>>

2 commentaires:

Greenpeace a dit...

Algues bleues : le vrai test commence l´été prochain
26 septembre 2007

Si j´ai bien compris le gouvernement dans son train de mesures annoncées en clôture du Sommet national sur les algues bleues, celui-ci est en train de nous dire... à la prochaine fois! Car, bien entendu, ce sera l´été prochain seulement qu´on pourra mesurer la véritable portée des 35 mesures proposées hier pour résoudre le problème de la
prolifération des cyanobactéries, qui touche officiellement 159 lacs et cours d´eau................

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Anonyme a dit...

Dishwashers AREN'T the main problem
Letter
Published: 5 hours ago
Re: "Quebec gets serious about its lakes" (Gazette, Sept. 27).

It is simply not accurate to say that "phosphates in dishwashers, by most accounts, contribute significantly to the proliferation of a lake's phosphorus." Household automatic dishwasher detergents account for just one per cent of all phosphorus contributions to our waterways. Human waste and agricultural run-off are the largest contributors. In municipal wastewater alone, human waste accounts for some 53 per cent of the phosphorus contributions.

Member companies of the Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association manufacture 86% of dishwasher detergent sold in Canada. Last week, we announced a voluntary initiative to reduce the phosphorus content in these products to 0.5% by 2010. CCSPA has also urged the federal government to amend current phosphorus regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act to reflect this reduction. This move is consistent with requests from the provinces of Quebec & Manitoba, and will ensure Canadians continue to have access to safe and effective products within an integrated North American marketplace.

Singling out automatic dishwasher detergents is an inappropriate approach to the blue-green algae problem. Reducing the amount of phosphorus content in detergents will not change the outcome of this issue unless municipal wastewater facilities and agriculture are also included in the solution.

Shannon Coombs
President, Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association
Ottawa