The Hattiesburg City Council has offered three plans for handling the sewage in the city. They left out the most obvious option for correcting the horrible smell in the downtown area.
Why not end the CORPORATE WELFARE and force USAYEAST to process their own industrial waste?
ALL the waste-water treatment problems in Hattiesburg come from USAYeast, a yeast production facility located in the Tatum Industrial Park. This company is successful because it has managed to dupe the City of Hattiesburg into treating their industrial waste - in essence, while their competitors must spend millions treating their waste, USAYeast has found a gullible city in south Mississippi to do that job for them! This practice cuts the production costs and increases USAYeast's profits - this is CRONY CAPITALISM at it's worst!
Imagine if Marshall-Durbin wanted the SAME right from the city. What if they threaten to shift operations to their Jasper, AL plant if they didn't get it? The citizens of Hattiesburg would be forced to treat/handle millions of pounds of chicken waste per year. What if Speedy Oil Change had the same "deal" with the city? Hattiesburg would have to separate and dispose of thousands of gallons of used oil every year. I wonder what the city would do if Forrest General Hospital wanted the same access to the treatment facilities for medical waste?
Over the past 5 years, the city has spent MILLIONS on aeration equipment and treatment lagoons rather than spending those millions on cops, teachers and street-sweepers! (over 120 "aeration units" units that cost over $5,000 per unit AND have to be maintained at an average cost of over $1,000 PER UNIT PER YEAR plus they burn 150kw/hr of electricity PER UNIT PER DAY).
This problem can be solved for FREE: Make USAYeast process their own waste! Yes, the city does have a contract to handle that waste, but there is a great likelihood that USAYeast has been sending the effluent with higher molasses content than was promised in the beginning – this should be investigated. If we can find just one instance where this has happened (and I have it from reliable sources this HAS happened – many times), then the contract is void and we can renegotiate.
I love capitalism, but THIS is not it. I don't know whether USAYeast could survive without this subsidy, but if they can't, then they should go out of business. It is not the place of the government to “prop-up” any corporation, be it General Motors, Bear-Stearns or USAYEAST!
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