About ten years ago I organized a cleanup on our somewhat rural road, and we took out 25 tandem dump truck loads of dumping-old sofas, refridgerators, tires, etc. A fellow on my road told me of an old dump from the late '60's and 70's that had many trucks going in every day and dumping who knows what. And that barrels still stick up out of the ground.
Having well water, I called the Dep and EPA and talked to someone who sent me a report on the local groundwater situation, which was supposed to be fine. My family of five (three teenage girls) have ingested that water for fourteen years.
Recently a new neighbor called me and asked me if the reporter stopped at my house to interview me on the landfill situation. Evidently someone found out that the barrels are rusting and industrial waste is leaching out. Went to the library to review public documents and it looks really bad. Westinghouse in Trafford, Pa took their waste there, it is undocumented as to its contents but testing over the years revealed sooo many chemical, volatile and inorganic- toluene, napthelene, ddt, chlordane, pcp's, and on and on. The levels appear to be rising acording to this report and no one told me! It is approx 1/2 mi away as the crow flies and the report actually states that there is no one with well water within four miles. This sucks. As I said , I talked with them and they told me that is was ok, and sent me paperwork, I don't think I still have it, unfortunately.
To complicate matters, there was mining underneath. Geology and mining to complicate matters as to where the water is running. The EPA will study this forever. My well is shallow, and I am thinking that the chemical waste is going deeper, but if a water aquifer runs at the same level from the dump, it could be in my well.
I am going order bottled water to be delivered, but we also bath in this daily.
The investigation is just starting , but they knew about this for years and NEVER did anything! I'm really frightened for my children's future!
Please let me know what anyone knows or thinks.
Oct 6, '01
Have you had your well water checked?
I also would be drinking bottled water. I honestly don't know what to tell you to do.
I'm sorry this is happening to you and your family.
You know Erin Brockovich is a real person. Maybe she can help you.
Good luck and God Bless!
Oct 6, '01
Thanks for your support. We are ordering bottled water now. EPA is testing our water on Monday. I ahve just discovered that if any contaminants are present in my drinking water or any any of the wells on my road (about 7) , the township will give us city water for just the tap in costs, a significant difference from the $28, 000 estimate I was given a year ago when I was experience drought levels ( I still am). I also learned that they are going to clean this up, but it will take years and it will be complex. As I said , they knew this was here for going on thirty years , and I found documented positive testing for leaching contaminants in the ground water and soil as early as 1988, but they did NOT do anything about it!