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Neighbors Concerned About Dumping At Grandview Farm

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GRANDVIEW--Investigators are still combing an illegal dumpsite on a Lower Valley farm.

So far they've found more than 150 buried containers, some containing what appears to be waste oil.

The Department of Ecology announced today they will suspend operations at the site on Friday, March 27, and start back up in mid-April.

KNDO went over the tax rolls and found who owns the property.  The owners weren't willing to talk on camera and wouldn't answer questions about the dumping without first consulting an attorney.

The question people living near the site are asking is, "How safe is my water?"

Roger Davis has lived on Bethany Road for eight years.  The news that chemicals and waste were buried nearby took him by surprise.

"I only live like a quarter-mile from it and they were talking about how there could be some pesticides and oil buried up there," Davis said.

EPA workers found much more than they expected, not just chemicals but also garbage.

They've spent so much time sifting through the mess that they don't have many answers yet.

"[The safety of people's groundwater] really depends on the concentration [of pesticides]," Jeff Fowlow, EPA, said.  "It's a function of what type of pesticide and how much is in the groundwater.  It's just too early to tell if this site presents any sort of a threat to their ground water."

Fowlow expects lab results from samples at the site to be in next week.  He thinks nearby wells should be safe.

"I wouldn't recommend people to be too overly concerned at this point."

Roger Davis is worried.  He says his family will be drinking bottled water until their wells are tested.

"It just kind of upsets me that somebody would actually do that," Davis said.  "They try to hide something like that and they could harm people."

If you have a well, you can contact the Yakima County Health District to learn how to test and make sure your groundwater is safe.

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