July 26, 2010 - Three months ago, environmental regulators in Delaware received a blunt warning from the Environmental Protection Agency after workers in Dover drilled a deep test well where federal investigators were tracking shallow groundwater pollution.
Check first before drilling, the EPA said, or pay the price for endangering the public’s water.
The letter warned that the drilling might allow the "extensive" contamination to leak into "deeper water-bearing zones used by the City of Dover for drinking water."
At issue are toxic chemicals spreading underneath one of the most iconic spots in Delaware – The Green, a town square where Caesar Rodney and other signers of the Declaration of Independence once gathered and political life in Delaware still thrives.
Today, docents in period costume lead tours on the brick walkways and lush lawns near the General Assembly. Crowds gather on The Green for summer concerts, in some places just 26 feet above soils tainted by the residues of coal, gas and dry-cleaning solvents.