Water Quality, Recycling Discussed

TREMONT — Selectmen are perplexed by a recent letter from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

In a Sept. 20 letter to town manager Millard Billings, Robert Birk of the DEP’s division of remediation states that the department has been awaiting the town’s plan to deal with water quality issues near the town’s closed landfill.

More than a dozen wells in the vicinity of the landfill, which is adjacent to the town office, were tested in 2008 and again in 2009. Among the contaminants found in the water are sodium chloride, manganese, methane, ammonia and formaldehyde.

“It’s been our understanding from a [May 5, 2010] meeting that the town would discuss DEP findings and recommendations with the town consultant from CES, Inc. before getting back to us with a response or plan,” Mr. Birk wrote.

Selectmen, and Mr. Billings, don’t recall any such deal being made. A review of the minutes from that meeting confirms their recollection, Mr. Billings said.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander