October 1, 2008, - 7:35 pm

Eco-Statist Stupidity of the Day: Banning Carwashes?

By Debbie Schlussel
As readers know, I am a salmon afficionado, especially Copper River Salmon, which is the best salmon you can eat.
But, now, some eco-statist big brother types are trying to stop people from washing their cars on their driveways, saying it’s killing the salmon.
And they’ve convinced the State of Washington to make it public policy. Oh, and guess who’s supporting this? Shocker–the car wash industry.
Come on:

Along with wild salmon and steelhead trout, the Pacific Northwest soon may have another endangered species – the driveway carwash.
Washing your car or boat in the driveway or street is a residential ritual as American as backyard barbecues. But the state of Washington is telling its local governments they must prohibit home car washing unless residents divert the wash water away from storm drains, where they say it causes water pollution.
“I understand this is something people have done for a long time,” says Bill Moore, water quality specialist with the Washington state Department of Ecology, which is requiring the ban. “It’s not something we should be doing any longer.”
He says the soapy runoff is toxic to salmon and other fish and that small metal particles that wash off cars, such as brake dust, is harmful, too.
Unlike public sanitary sewer systems that clean wastes from water, storm drain systems in most communities empty straight into streams and eventually rivers and oceans. . . .
Mark Muhlhauser, 41, who washes his Toyota Highlander nearly every weekend outside his Vancouver, Wash., home, has a simple message for regulators: Come get him.
“I will wash it this weekend,” he said defiantly. “It’s just totally crazy. I don’t think anybody’s going to follow it. Everybody I’ve talked to, they’re still planning on washing their cars.”
He gets sympathy from Brian Carlson, public works director for Vancouver, a city of 160,000 people just across the Columbia River from Portland, Ore. He says the city is being ordered by state Ecology Department officials to pass an ordinance banning carwash runoff by next year, but that neither he nor other city officials intend to do so.
“We don’t think it’s realistic,” Carlson says. . . .
Those aren’t workable alternatives, some say. Dave Anderson, half of the Mark and Dave radio team on KEX radio in Portland.
“I don’t put in an effort to make my driveway nice, and that’s where I’m going to wash my car,” Anderson says. . . .
Mark Thorsby, executive director of the International Carwash Association, the industry trade group of 25,000 commercial carwashes, said it supports the prohibition.

I think they should ban suntanning and make-up in Washington, too. Cologne and showers also. After all, the soap and oils, etc. all make it into the water eventually. Sprinkler and Slip’N’Slide parties for kids; Slurpees–fuhgedaboutit.
Might hurt the salmon.
And we thought we defeated the Soviet Union. It was actually an untaxed import to Washington State.

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Debbie, i’ve always felt that the local $6 carwash is a better use of my time than doing it myself, and I’m sure it uses a lot less water. You don’t get the monsoon I remember from 20 years ago. Better yet, when it rains I consider it a feee carwash. The International Carwash Association would probably ban rain if they could.

Anonymous1 on October 1, 2008 at 8:30 pm

$10 says it doesn’t pass, but the eco friendly death busters will use the courts to pass the bill.
Another reason we need to take back our country NOW.

Squirrel3D on October 1, 2008 at 9:54 pm

“Another reason we need to take back our country NOW.”
Any concept of “OUR COUNTRY” is a joke after last night.
What happened last night?
Well, let me start with a little background. Last week, American citizens crashed the website and email servers of the Whitehouse, and for the first time EVER the Whitehouse was forced to limit the amount of email it received from the public.
Last week, house representatives offices everywhere were flooded with calls and emails from the same citizens that crashed the Whitehouse web and email servers.
Why did all of this take place? Because Americans EVERYWHERE, from BOTH SIDES of the party lines were OUTRAGED by the bailout plan working it’s way through the house.
So much so, that the house reps actually listened and beautifully defeated the bailout. In fact, more Republicans voted against it than Democrats!
Yet, in a stunning display of how little our voice and opinions actually count in this so called “democracy”, the senate insisted on reviving the bill. They blantantly ignored the LOUD will of the American people, and went to work on the bill anyway.
And if the bill wasn’t bad enough to begin with, they added “SWEETENERS” to it, to convince the reps that voted down the bill in the beginning to change their vote.
SO, not only will we get a $700,000,000,000 bill that MAY NOT EVEN WORK, we’re also spending a couple more billion on UNNECESSARY TAX CUTS.
This is a stunning failure of the American democratic system brought on by the ignorance, arrogance, and greed of elected officials FROM BOTH PARTIES.
I hope everyone enjoys fledgling mortgage backed securities, because you’re about to own a metric shit ton.
…”OUR” Country…that’s a joke. It’s THEIR country.
(As a note, I’m not another Ron Paul wackjob. I’m simply a fiscal conservative(social liberal) who is fucking FED UP with the absurdity that is this bill)

lolwut on October 2, 2008 at 10:39 am

I left the socialist republic of California aka Mexifornia 12 years ago, and one of the things I recall is the large quantity of big car washes. This was especially true around areas with lots of condos and apts. The car washes had high prices and memberships to go with them. They knew they had a corner on the market.

samurai on October 2, 2008 at 2:55 pm

I just want to draw attention to the fact that FOXnews.com has a disconnected link to a story about the Obama-Ayers connection. The headline/link reads: “Turning Up the Heat:McCain hits hard at Obama ties to Weather Underground founder William Ayers to spark campaign turnaround” and only links to a “page not found.” Furthermore, last night – I was watching Fox Cable (I know….why bother), a reporter casually stated that “links between Obama and Ayers are very tenuous” and she also stated “doesn’t this just make McCain look desparate?” This was very weakly responded to by the Fox reporter assigned to follow the McCain campaign.
I write this here for anyone who still believes that Fox Cable is a valid source of election – or other- news coverage. Frustrating! & Thank you Debbie for all you do……

crazycatkids on October 5, 2008 at 11:02 am

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