By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Pulaski County is putting its support behind the town of Dublin in its efforts to get the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to pay for November damages to a main sewer line in the town.
The town asked Pulaski County Board of Supervisors to issue a letter supporting its position that the EPA should reimburse Dublin for at least $22,000 spent to repair damages to the sewer line.
Dublin Town Manager Bill Parker revealed late last week that the town had to pay H.T. Bolling $22,000 to repair a sewer main after a well drilling crew being supervised by the EPA drilled through the line while installing monitoring wells at Electroplate-Rite last November.
Parker had been negotiating with the EPA for reimbursement of the town’s costs, but the EPA turned down Parker’s request, saying there is no precedent enabling the agency to repay Dublin.
During discussion of the matter at Monday night’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Massie District Supervisor Andy McCready expressed support for Dublin.
“The town of Dublin really is an innocent party in this whole situation because the EPA said ‘drill the well here’ and that’s where the well driller drilled it; and then drilled it right through the town of Dublin’s sewer,” said McCready. “In typical federal government fashion, they won’t pay.”
He said the county wants to support the town by “trying to bring political pressure on the EPA to pay up.”
The supervisors voted to have staff write a letter in support of Dublin’s position.
Thursday night, Dublin Town Council authorized Parker to write a letter to U.S. Sen. Mark Warner advising him of the situation in hopes he could pressure the EPA into repaying the town.