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NOAA defers enforcement

NOAA Defers Raw Sewage Issue to EPA … and the Dumping Continues

—–Original Message—–
From: Thomas Bigford [mailto:Thomas.Bigford@noaa.gov]
Sent: Monday, May 03, 2010 1:09 PM
To: Susan Wolterbeek
Subject: Your Phone Call

Susan — I relayed the basics from our phone conversation and have been heartened by the vigorous discussion across many federal agencies and from regions to headquarters.  I’ll try to distill the conversations in an email to you later today or will ask someone else to contact you in my absence (I’ll be on the west coast from Tues-Thur).  Thanks again for your call.

Tom

—–Original Message—–
From: Thomas Bigford [mailto:Thomas.Bigford@noaa.gov]
Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2010 12:35 AM
To: Susan Wolterbeek
Cc: Jennifer.Koss; Jennifer Moore; Steven Thur
Subject: Re: Update Tomorrow

Susan —

Sorry for the delay.  My travels to Seattle have been busier than expected.

I shared details from our phone call immediately after we talked last Friday.  The coral, protected species, and habitat folks across NOAA exchanged ideas based on our conversation and your earlier postings to NOAA’s coral email address. The protected species people know their options if Acropora are present.  And the coral people relayed the info to EPA Region 2, with jurisdiction in the islands.  This is really a water quality issue in EPA’s hands but we realize the implications to NOAA interests, too.  I have not seen any new emails in the past day so must assume EPA Region 2 in NYC and the islands are proceeding.  We’ll remain in touch with them so we know what happens.

Tom

Susan Wolterbeek wrote:

Dear Tom:

I see this as impacting Endangered Species, Habitat, Coastal Zone, and your Coral Divisions. In addition to the 72 million gallons dumped 1/17-3/17, VIWMA dumped  April 24-27th. Then, an Iron Man Triathalon was held on Sunday, May 2, and these top competitors, in top physical shape, swam in those waters. We need to stop this dumping.  I have written an analysis and am talking with Judith Enck, Regional Director, EPA tomorrow. I will get back to you after that.

Sincerely, Susan

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