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E-M:/ what that $70 million for cleanup was meant to solve
- Subject: E-M:/ what that $70 million for cleanup was meant to solve
- From: Dave Dempsey <email@example.com>
- Date: Sun, 22 Jul 2007 21:07:48 -0400
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PIERSON -- More than three years after gasoline was
reported leaking from 6,000-gallon tanks beneath the Pierson
Mobil station, tests of neighbors' drinking water
confirmed the state's worst fears. A "probable" human carcinogen and other chemicals
associated with gasoline had seeped into residential wells
just a few hundred yards away.
Neighbors in the rural community near Whitefish Lake wonder
how long they drank contaminated water without knowing it. They blame the gas station owner and the state.
"They didn't do anything to protect us," said
Anthony Rozanski, whose contaminated well was one of five
replaced by the state.
He said he didn't learn about the contamination until
tests revealed trace amounts of a carcinogen in his well
water -- three years after the gas station reported the leak
to the state.
He lives next door to the station and is left to wonder how
bad his water really was. His 29-year-old daughter died last
month of cancer; three family dogs also have died of cancer
State officials said their response to leaks will likely get
worse -- leading to more potential groundwater pollution and
threats to drinking water -- after the state Legislature in
June helped balance the budget by taking $70 million from a
clean-up fund. The fund comes from a 7/8-cent-per-gallon fee
The state has a separate $45 million clean-up fund, but
that's for leaks discovered before 1994. Pierson Mobil
"It creates a situation where we're going to have
more and more sites where we know we have a problem, but we
can't do anything to address it," said Department
of Environmental Quality spokesman Robert McCann.