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Pollution Control

Are no discharge zones really off limits to waste that's been processed through a Lectra/San unit or similar treatment system?

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(For the best answer for this query, we paraphrased the words of Dr. Rick Diz, who responded to Sue & Larry's article Updating Your Head. Dr. Diz is a sailor, but more importantly he's the Chairman of the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering at Gannon University in Erie, PA.)

Organic waste plays an critical role as a pollutant in coastal and inland waters. Lectra/San units intended to "treat" waste use electricity to produce chlorine gas from small amounts of sea water. The chlorine generated is a powerful disinfectant, but does nothing to reduce the organic loading of the discharge.

I am sure that no one wants popular anchorages to become so polluted with organics that they become devoid of oxygen, leading to fish kills and foul odors from the growth of anaerobic bacteria.


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