Edmonton sewage plant stays public
"Bargain-basement" deal shelved after community outcry.
October 30, 2008 — Edmonton city council has postponed its decision on transferring of one of the city's main wastewater treatment plants to EPCOR, a city-owned utility that operates as a private corporation. The move would have taken the wastewater operations out of the direct oversight of elected officials.
The Keep Drainage Edmonton coalition, which included CUPE and many community allies, argued the handover of the Gold Bar wastewater treatment plant could mean higher fees and less oversight, service and accountability. They mobilized to press their point through lobbying, presentations to the city budget committee and newspaper ads.
Some city councilors agreed, including one who said "we're giving them a bargain basement deal on an absolutely core piece of municipal infrastructure." The plan, developed without any public debate or consultation, would have seen the plant handed over for a $75 million 'transfer fee' — despite the plant's estimated $700 million replacement value . . .
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Edmonton sewage plant stays public, by CUPE, October 30, 2008
Posted: November 05, 2008
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