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aro.und't Slry 't from p.4 340 million gallons of the water is pumped five miles offshore of Santa Monica Bay, beneath 190 feet of cold salt water which effectively kills the remaining bacteria. "We are taking advantage of the ecosys- tem's ability to kill off our bacteria," Turholiow said. Approximately 10% of the effluent is recycled for process and irrigation uses within Hyperion such as for cooling, for hosing down equipment, cleaning and chemical dilution. The other 20 million gallons is pumped to the West Basin Municipal Water District treatment plant in El Segundo for further purification. It will be distributed for various reuse pro- jects including irrigation and industrial use. Turhollow says that this is a drought- proof system because we have developed a way to substitute reclaimed water for industrial and commercial consumption of fresh water. The solids settled out earlier in the process are sent to egg-shaped "anaerobic digesters" which are I10 feet tall. There the solids are fed to oxygen-hating bacte- ria that work in 96-degree Fahrenheit, the heat being generated by steam. Turhoilow says that the heat acts as a sterilizer, killing off pathogens, parasite eggs and viruses. Half of the organic matter in the sludge is converted by the bacteria into a biogas which has two-thirds of the heating value of natural gas. The biogas is then collected and exported to the city's adja- cent Scattergood Steam Generating Plant III  conY from p.2 like-minded school districts, such as Palos Verdes and San Marino. Gathering infor- mation from such school districts does nothing to "undermine" our own. Rather, it enhances and enriches our district and our Board by bringing to the table a wealth of new information and perspectives. Thank you Mr. Brucker for having the resource- fulness to broaden our students' choices and for refusing simply to "rubber stamp" administrative decisions. David Lewis Beverly Hills BHUSD Administrative Proposal What kind of role model is Mrs. Maas to us, the students'? This district has actual- ly implemented tools to teach us about tol- erance and acceptance of other people's differences. Her behavior is diametrically opposed to our curriculum on tolerance. Mrs. Maas, who do you think you are? Your vile and vicious attitude gives this COmmunity very bad PR and a bad name. It won't be Mr. Brucker or Mr. Lunn who Will cause us to lose out on attracting a for use as fuel. Hyperion provides enough gas to cover 85% of its power needs. The biosolids go through a digester screening process where fibers that might plug up the centrifuge are removed. They are then sent to the biosolid dewatering facility, or centrifuge, to spin out as much of their remaining water as possible. What's left is semi-solid material that resembles black cow pauies and has a con- sistency that, Turhollow says is "drier than toothpaste." The biosolids, rich in nitrogen and phosphorous, are beneficially re-used as a good soil conditioner. Each day, 850 tons of the biosolids are delivered by trucks to marginal farmlands in Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, Kern and Kings counties. Known as "land applica- tion," the biosolids are tilled into soil to grow non-food chain crops such as cotton and animal fodder. "It is not economically viable to grow crops using regular fertilizer. We are pro- viding the farmers with the organic matrix that plants like," Turhollow said. The plant just underwent a i 2-year, $1.6 billion upgrade so it is not only visually appealing but its smell is tolerable as well. Most of its dirty work is done under- ground in airtight tanks and if it's any con- solation, odors at Hyperion are scrubbed and charcoal-filtered during every part of the process before they are released into the atmosphere. The plant spends $1 mil- lion a year on odor control substances to treat and neutralize odors, l good superintendent, it will be your actions. As an honors student at BHHS, I am insulted at the tone of your voice towards other board members. Mrs. Maas, we do not care about how many boards you have been on. What is important is the quality of your boardsmanship. How dare you use a public meeting to try to demean other board members. This hoard should be about working towards the best educa- tion possible for the students of Beverly Hills. Your lack of ethics and morality sends the public a clear message that you do not belong on this board. It's time for the public to be crystal clear about your actions and the example that you set for children. My job as a student is to learn, grow and contribute to my school. Your job is to assist in my obtaining the best education possible. Do your job and stop trying to destroy others. Ryan Weiss BHHS Freshman BACK PAGE f) C) K.m G BACK 1929- NEW STORE OPENING ON BEVERLY DRIVE (courtesy of the Beverly Hills Historical Society) Eight historical postcards are available by mail order. Send $6 check to the Beverly Hills Historical Socie P.O. Box 1919, Beverly Hills, CA, 90213. Diamonds Modern & Estate Jewelry ., Fine Watches ..Mlt/. Estates Appraised and Purchased Main Office St. Lie #z9m-og'8 3zo 7-a4,S c5,z I \\;Vilshirc Boulevard, Suito 5 Beverly Hills, CA 9ozzz Show Room [;io a6o-laa 4o South Beverly Driv Berly Hills, CA 9ozlz March 30- April 5, 2000 19