By MELINDA WILLIAMS
They’re ba–ack …
Only months after refusing to take financial responsibility for their contractor drilling through the town of Dublin’s main sewer line, the Environmental Protection Agency wants to install another water monitoring well on town property.
Town Manager Bill Parker said he has received a request to allow the EPA to drill another well to determine whether chemicals used at Electroplate-Rite are getting into the groundwater. This time, the agency wants to drill a well behind a building in Dublin Cemetery.
Although the town got stuck with paying nearly $23,000 to repair the sewer line the EPA’s contractor drilled through in November 2012, Parker said Mayor Benny Skeens and Dublin Town Council “took the high road” and decided to allow the well to be drilled “in the interest of public safety.”
However, this time around, Parker said, the drilling will have to take place “with the explicit directions” that the agency’s contractor “allow the town to direct where” the drilling takes place. Also, he said, “damage will be totally assumed by the EPA.”
Parker said no timeframe for the drilling has been discussed, but he’s hoping it will be delayed until the ground has had time to dry out so that the cemetery grounds aren’t torn up.
In November 2012, a contractor hired by the EPA on behalf of DEQ not only drilled through the main sewer line running along Route 11, but it also pumped the line full of concrete.
Dublin had to hire H.T. Bowling to replace 45 feet of sewer line at a cost of $22,675. EPA said it was not responsible for the damage and refused to pay any of the repair costs.