Thursday, September 25, 2008

University Fined For Polluting

I often refer to the University of California, Davis, as "Berkeley-lite". Actually, both the university and the city of Davis can accurately be described thusly.

So you can imagine that this story caught my eye as far as irony goes:

State officials today fined UC Davis $78,000 for pumping too much pollution into Putah Creek from its campus sewage treatment plant...

In the UC Davis case, the campus sewage treatment plant violated numerous pollution limits from Jan. 1, 2001, to March 31, 2008. Treated wastewater from the campus is discharged into Putah Creek. But several times over that period, effluent included too much aluminum, chlorine, copper, cyanide and coliform. Limits also were violated for salinity and sediment.

UC Davis is well-known for its life sciences programs.

4 comments:

Ronnie said...

And that creek is well known for being trashed by students who litter, so I doubt any amount of waste-water has had as devastating effects as worthless students.

Anonymous said...

Berkeley-lite?

Darren said...

Yes. Not as big or as well-known as Berkeley, but almost as weird.

Ellen K said...

Have you ever seen the amount of waste left behind after a conventional, liberal outdoor concert? It's funny how green these people are on paper, but not in life.