Keep Contaminants Out of Area Streams

Editor, News-Register:

It’s not just about fish.

It’s about community health. Brine water contains excessive amounts of bromides, an element that interferes with the water treatment process to produce trihalomethanes in public water supplies. Trihalomethanes are known carcinogens.

Brine water must not be allowed to enter tributaries to the Ohio River, the source of drinking water for millions. Fines for intentional releases like those reported last month in the Mahoning River, or unintentional like the more recent release into Wheeling Creek, should greatly exceed the cost for proper transportation and disposal of brinewater. The health of our communities depends on it.

Benjamin M. Stout III