Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Off Target: CTS Letter Prompts EPA Inquiry Into Neighboring NC Businesses

July 13, 2010 - Chapel Hill Church Road resident David Bradley, who’s seen his own well contaminated, plans to fight the EPA, at the request of CTS, investigating his small home insulation business as a source of contamination.

Ironically, Bradley is one of the very people directly affected by the ongoing contamination (see "Fail-safe?" July 11, 2007, Xpress). His home was placed on city water last August after TCE, a suspected carcinogen, was found in his family’s well at a concentration of 840 parts per billion — more than 168 times the maximum the law allows in drinking water. (See "The Green Scene," Sept. 9, 2009, Xpress.)

Bradley says he’s baffled and angry at the request, noting that he doesn’t manufacture the insulation he installs, and he stores it in Fletcher, far away from the site the EPA is asking about. "I don’t keep insulation here — I just work out of my house," Bradley explains. "I don’t make the insulation, I get it from distributors: I just install it. I don’t know what they’re trying to say. I just figure since they found so much of that stuff in my water, they’re trying to blame me for screwing the water up."


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