To End Pollution.
Senator Burlingame, of Brooklyn, has in traduced a bill into the legislature at Albany to prohibit effectually the discharge into the rivers and other water courses of New York State of sewage and manufacturing wastes, and offers several important amendments to the existing public health law. One most important provision confers upon the State commissioner of health jurisdiction over the pulp mills as to the quality and amount of their discharge of waste material, and gives him greater authority over plants for the treatment of manufacturing waste and sewage dis posal plants. The manufacturers affected will oppose the bill, especially the pulp mill owners of Northern New York, who have for years been practically unrestrained in their defiling of the streams, in spite of the protests of property owners against water conditions dangerous to health and comfort and destructive of fish life. During the long period of agi tation against the pulp mill abuse, a number of methods for the utilization of pulp mill waste have been invented, and the advocates of the bill assert that the manufacturers are likely to be forced by law into converting their offensive byproducts into a source of profit.