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Title: Tutu well contamination shows need for regulation
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Title: Tutu well contamination shows need for regulation
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Language: English
Creator: Davis, Olasee
Publication Date: February 23, 1996
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The Onl N^ Paft., February 23.1906 190

Tutu well contamination shows need for regulation

A recua report fin he Sciece
Council of Canada the nation's
advisory agency on science and
technols policy, sed lt Ca
diam mst adopt a goal of essala-
able uoe for waler or rik compro-
mising lhe basic egrityif dsir
environment and their economic
well-being. The report "Water
202i Su le fUse f Waoer in
the 21st Cetu" calls fora cluge
in waler Us praticesand a seal
mant of Cadian walr since to
help resolve new and emerging
war problems.
Two yess ago. I wroes uaticle
boat the danger in dining war
from the Tuto wells. Since the
1980s, volile organic compoads
hve beea detected h he TMpet-
ise RIn aqui e ar the Tutn well

field. I 1987, he Departmet of
Planning and Natunl Resourc
and U.S. Ehviretmelml Prolectiem
Agency determined that 22 com-
mercial, residential; and public
walls in Thl Wel Field wre car
TelachloAylne, beuene, 1.
2, dichloroethylese *ad
trichlomehylae wer found in le
Tmu well wmer ppli The coa
mimled wellisofmt Ttunare
a good example of unplanaed
developam bs sahouold never have
happaed. Ti mmiacal andlsed
Iderial aera wua allowed to build
yeas ago on a major underaound
Today, an emmnaed 11,00 per-
sas may have been exposed for
aba 20 yea to the volatile oan-



ic compounds which increase the
risk of cancer for those persons.
Remember. these wells provided
waser tbhm ahou SIh Thomas eiter
diectly or by water taced to dif-
fees pi of ho elands.
Recently, we ead in The Daily
News that people must pgard
against ouhig comsated so l
soand showering or eve com in
cmatd with the water when wab-
ing their cars.

Time are so rny eavimeanc e
1al viaoluae in th Viuin Itlaids.
and orw govenmmt is a maj put
of it
Believe me. think Ood for the
Eavironmentl Proection Agency.
If we did nol have EPA to watch
His govenmmel, we all would have
bess liu e inig dcks waiting to be
slaughtered. Last yea, EPA ined
this gvesment for million of dol-
lrs in environmental violations.
We live in a highly sophisticated
educated society, but knw very lit-
di of how sem dhiis symem could
be at potectig the best intiest of
biasfor oe people these islan
Often times, w ae ignoat and
believe tollly thai di goveuet
tell Us. We do have minds of our
own to dink f ourselves. We have

been taking our environment for
granted for ys., Many of us have
dumped oil and other waste as we
please into our Mil surface and
Pound waste.
The Tru well contamination is
due to improper dispo l of ha-
ardous chemicals or underground
onage g tanks leaking into the
aquier.Spi leaking into qifen
ouald also tb oher factor. Their
are a umber of sources besides
whts mentioned above could con-
smioalele wells.
A safe water supply should be
iavilblto every resident
If the T*l o well water conami-
ntion did not rmae us a believer of
protecting ourenvionmen, nothing
will. I am a believer. What about


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