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VI Waste Management dumping millions of gallons of raw sewage into our coastal waters

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From: Susan Wolterbeek [mailto:susanremy@vipowernet.net]
Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2013 2:23 PM
To: ‘martin.johnj@epa.gov’
Cc: ‘Enck.Judith@epamail.epa.gov’; ‘Enck.Judith@epa.gov’
Subject: VI Waste Management dumping millions of gallons of raw sewage into our coastal waters, killing coral

Dear Mr. Martin:

Here is email correspondence between Judith Enck and I 3 years ago– the EPA has knowingly and willingly allowed VI Waste Management to dump raw, untreated sewage into VI Coastal Waters for the past 28 years, and despite my letters, conferences with Judith Enck and EPA attorneys, and bringing a Citizen’s Suit, the EPA has continually refused to enforce federal civil and criminal laws to protect our Coral and Sea Turtles. I am glad that the EPA has finally decided to follow the laws after 28 years, and stop Waste Management from dumping filth for us to swim in, but has the dumping actually stopped? Also, DPNR refuses to let us know the results of water tests. We Americans have a right to not have to swim in raw sewage, and the coral cannot move. The turtles are dying or gone since our turtle grass is almost all gone, so they have nothing to eat.

The EPA has not been following the Endangered Species Act or working together to help our coastal waters after all this pollution. It appears that after I wrote to Judith, the following year VI Waste Management dumped even more millions of gallons of raw sewage, and the EPA would not prosecute.  We citizens and the VI Daily News are not even allowed to know the salaries and perks of VI waste management, or a list of the employees.

I am requesting from you freedom of information act information and all documentation on the unauthorized dumping of raw sewage into VI Coastal Waters from 1/1/2011-present. If you need me to send this request to someone else at the EPA, please tell me. It would be helpful to have this information before our meeting in February, so that we can intelligently discuss what the EPA will do to make this stop, and how the EPA will finally help and work with NOAA to save what is left of our coral and turtles.

I look forward to hearing from you.

From: Enck.Judith@epamail.epa.gov [mailto:Enck.Judith@epamail.epa.gov]

Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 2010 6:41 PM
To: Susan Wolterbeek
Subject: Re: Environmental impact on Long Reef and endangered species

Thanks. Let’s discuss on thursday.  I assume u are coming to the recycling mtg – right?  I sure hope so!  We can grab some time after that

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  From: “Susan Wolterbeek” [susanremy@vipowernet.net]
  Sent: 05/04/2010 03:46 PM AST
  To: Judith Enck
  Subject: Environmental impact on Long Reef and endangered species

Dear Judith:

I have prepared a response to Carl Soderberg in the form of a rough draft analysis. I am sending it to you first. The last thing we want is to do anything which will negatively impact on you, because you are doing a great job as Regional Administrator. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said locally, and there must be transparency, accountability and penalties here locally, or the dumping will continue. I have done the best research I can with limited data and resources, so there may be many positive things being done, of which I am unaware.

I will await hearing from you, or discussing this with you in person, before sending it out to everyone.  Sincerely, Susan

I then sent Judith the attached letter, dated 5-16-10 after she and I met on May 6, 2010, and here is her response:

From: Enck.Judith@epamail.epa.gov [mailto:Enck.Judith@epamail.epa.gov]

Sent: Monday, May 17, 2010 12:37 PM
To: Susan Wolterbeek
Subject: Re: Citizen’s Suit, Human health of Triathaloners, Endangered Species Act

susan: I am looking into the issue of sewage discharges on vi.   (Emphasis supplied).

Judith Enck
Regional Administrator
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
290 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10007-1866
(212)  637-5000

Mr. Martin, I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible. Sincerely, Susan Wolterbeek

Susan Wolterbeek, President        GreenerVI.org         St Thomas, VI 00803

(340) 714-2233        susan@GreenerVI.org

 

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