January 8, 2010 - Does Whitewater have lingering health and property value issues due to soil contamination from a gas station that closed more than a decade ago?At least one city resident believes so, although the state Department of Natural Resources says the matter is closed.
Kathy Channing and her family live on South Clark Street, a few blocks away from the former Five Points One Stop gas station at 503 S. Janesville St. The One Stop went out of business in the late 1990s after owner Stan Meyer became ill. The gas pumps were removed in July 1998 and the gas tanks were removed 18 months later, in January 2000.
Channing's gravest concern is about the level of benzene, a chemical used in gasoline that is a known carcinogen, or at least the vapors from any potential benzene remnants.