Deregulation of BC sewer system setting the stage for disaster: report
Self-regulatory system open to conflict of interest, removes health officials' power to protect the public.
VANCOUVER, March 4, 2009 —The province's deregulation of septic systems is a "classic case study in regulatory failure" and sets the stage for a Walkerton-style health disaster in BC, a coalition of health experts warned in a report Wednesday.
The report is a critique of the province's Sewerage System Regulation adopted in 2005 to replace government oversight with a new system that relied on self-regulation by associations of private-sector technicians and professional engineers.
It argues that the "self-regulatory system established for the technicians is profoundly deficient" and "there is no regular monitoring of systems after they are installed."
The system lacks a government inspection or approval process, is open to conflict of interest, removes health officials' powers to protect the public and allows for no public notice or right of appeal, says the report, prepared by the University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre on behalf of the Sewerage System Regulation Improvement Coalition. . .
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BC's deregulation of septic system sets stage for health disaster, experts warn, by Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, March 4 2009
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