The Monday edition of the News Journal has an article on how NAS Pensacola decided to forego building a new wastewater treatment plant on the base after Hurricane Ivan. They realized how vulnerable the plant would be to hurricanes. Instead they are partnering with ECUA to build a pipeline to send the waste to ECUA’s Bayou Marcus Plant.
DEP supports the move. According to DEP spokeperson Sally Cooey: “It was responsible of them to recognize that a plant that close to the water could have a potential environmental threat.”
We all agree with that statement. So why did ECUA rebuild its wastewater treatment plant on Pensacola Beach?