State MatSu Borough discuss Talkeetna sewer lagoon violations

first_imgRepresentatives from the Mat-Su Borough have met with state officials regarding violations of the Clean Water Act at the Talkeetna sewer lagoon, but the details of those discussions have not yet been made public.Mat-Su Borough Attorney Nicholas Spiropoulos confirms that the borough is in discussions with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to come to an “amicable solution” regarding the violations. Spiropoulos says he cannot share specifics because a resolution has not yet been reached.Borough Assembly Member Randall Kowalke, whose district includes Talkeetna, believes the real goal of the meeting was to make improvements, rather than punish the borough. Kowalke also says he cannot discuss details from the meeting.Michael Solter, Compliance Program Mangaer for ADEC, says results may take time to manifest, since wastewater remains in the treatment system for more than six months. Solter believes that the state and the borough both recognize the issue and are working in good faith to solve it.Last November, the ADEC sent a letter to the borough, which operates the Talkeetna sewer and water system, stating that the state intended to begin enforcement actions for numerous violations the Clean Water Act. Specifically, the Talkeetna Sewer Lagoon has consistently been out of compliance on levels of fecal coliform and dissolved oxygen contained in treated water leaving the system and flowing to the Talkeetna River.The Mat-Su Borough attempted numerous temporary fixes last summer, including skimming grease from the surface of the lagoon, replanting vegetation, and artificially aerating the system. While those efforts did yield results, they were not enough to bring the system fully into compliance.Further meetings between ADEC and the borough are expected to take place next month.last_img read more

Olly Alexander poses with ripped rainbow flag to show scale of LGBTQ

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The video has been released to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day [10 September].In the clip, the star poses with a rainbow flag with two colors ripped from it. ‘This is the flag we shouldn’t be proud of,’ Olly explains. ‘A flag that represents the two in six LGBTQ people we risk losing to suicide.’[embedded content]‘Too many young LGBTQ Londoners experience poor mental health’Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also spoke out on the subject of mental health as part of Gay Times’ ‘The Flag We Shouldn’t Be Proud Of’ campaign.He said: ‘I’m proud that London is a symbol of diversity and progress, but we know too many young LGBTQ Londoners experience poor mental health and discrimination.’He furthermore added: ‘We need to do much more and I’m delighted to back Gay Times in trying to raise awareness of LGBTQ youth suicide.’ ‘The wellbeing of our young Londoners is vital if we are to build a healthy future for our capital,’ he also said. ‘I’m determined that all communities feel able to speak openly about their mental health and access the support they need.’‘Tackling that stigma is one part of it’King singer Olly furthermore added: ‘​There’s such a stigma around mental health that stops us from speaking out. In the workplace, in education, or even at home, it can feel difficult to express what you’re going through in the first place.’‘Tackling that stigma is one part of it,’ he furthermore continued. ‘I also think we have to have the actual services and provisions for LGBTQ people, because they are quite slim on the ground.‘The things that we can do to help that situation is to be on our local representatives so they are not defunding or shutting them down.’If you are in need of support, you can contact Switchboard via the online portal at or their helpline on 0300 330 0630.Here are some more LGBTI helplines for those in crisis or seeking adviceGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Olly Alexander makes an important point about LGBTI mental health awareness in this new clip | Photo: Gay Times Years and Years frontman Olly Alexander has appeared in a powerful new video speaking about mental health awareness among LGBTQ people. Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more