MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

December 2, 2013

Industry can preserve environment


— Environment and industry can co-exist.

Proper regulation is an essential part of making that happen.

Compliance is the first, best, option. Working together to quickly resolve problems that arise is an essential part of the process.

Muskogee’s significant industrial water users appear to be doing both.

A recent annual report on industrial users that discharge pretreated effluents into Muskogee’s wastewater treatment plant show most are compliant.

During the reporting year, which ended Oct. 31, four violation notices were issued to four significant industrial users. Two violations were issued as a result of a user exceeding established pollution limits, and two others were issued to two companies that submitted late reports.

Late reports are not good, but a late report that shows the user is in compliance is preferable to exceeding the limits.

Environmental technician Ron Bladen said that when a user exceeds its limits, subsequent testing is required. Bladen said subsequent testing at the two companies reported to have exceeded limits — Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc. and Dal-Tile — showed both had “come back into compliance.”

 The report shows that most users are following regulations and that the industries are working with the city to solve problems as they arise.

We all use Muskogee’s water. We need it. It is good to see industries respect our environment.