It is very disturbing to me that our local media refuse to report on the lawsuit now filed in the 10th Circuit Court in Denver, because this important environmental case emanates from the efforts of a great Utahn, professional engineer Peter Maier. It is a rare individual who takes on a governmental Goliath like the EPA. Believe me, he has suffered appropriately for this "sin."

The outcome of this case will decide the future health of our rivers, wetlands, oceans and pocketbooks. After billions of tax dollars have been allocated to sewage plant construction under The Clean Water Act, there has been no major improvement in our waters, and in many areas we are witnessing frightening new problems, such as the 7,000-square-mile dead zone recently reported in the Gulf of Mexico off the coasts of Louisiana and Texas.The simple fact of the matter is that we are dumping enormous amounts of nitrates into our rivers - runoff from fertilized farm fields and sewage treatment plants. I don't have a clue as to what to do about the farmers, but when every city in the nation collects its human waste in one central location, common sense dictates that we have the ability to treat a huge source of the problem.

When the local media say that they'll report on your lawsuit if you win, that's tantamount to some medieval astronomers saying as soon as the pope tells us the Earth revolves around the sun, that's the way we'll view it.

Kay Henry

Salt Lake City