See the Norwich Bull for Ms. Wholean’s positive spin on the salt barn fiasco. Other residents were not so positive. Why was the barn loaded up with tons of salt just this last winter and early spring which was allowed to spill down into puddles of brine at the base of the pile?
This is a reprint from today’s Worcester Telegram.
“Town road salt pollutes wells
By Jim Esslinger CORRESPONDENT for the Telegram
WOODSTOCKâ€” The state has ordered the town to clean up an area on farmland where road salt has seeped into the soil and contaminated the water. The order comes about 18 months after the contamination was discovered on Rene Bennettâ€™s farm on Coatney Hill Road, adjacent to the townâ€™s Highway Department storage shed.
Last week, William Warzecha of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, told the Board of Selectmen the DEP has seen â€œa lack of progressâ€? in mitigating conditions at the source of the leak and warned of possible future contamination.
â€œWeâ€™ve seen this contamination before,â€? Mr. Warzecha said, noting that road salt seeping into groundwater is a health hazard often unseen. â€œSodium can damage the plumbing.â€? Read the rest of this entry »