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People Living Near Illegal Dump Site Anxious To Have Their Water Tested

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GRANDVIEW--Elevated levels of pesticides have been found in the groundwater on an illegal dumping site in Grandview.  Now neighbors are asking if there could be more sites.

Many people living near the site are still upset as they wait to find out if their water is contanimated as well.

Most people KNDO spoke with haven't heard much from the three agencies--the Department of Health, Department of Ecology, and the Environmental Protection Agency--involved, and they say they want to get their water tested as soon as possible.

Most of the waste found at the dump site's been cleared out since excavation began in late March.

The EPA found elevated levels of chemicals in ground water at the site, and in a phone interview Friday EPA officials told KNDO they'd be going to the handful of homes within a half-mile of the Bethany Road site to offer to test their water.

But, some neighbors are worried that's too limited an area.

"[My neighbors] have told the EPA that there are possibly other pits," David Smasne who lives on the border of the half-mile limit the EPA set, said.  "But we have yet to see an investigator come out here and check these other pits."

KNDO tried to reach the EPA representative investigating the site on Sunday, but we did not hear back from him.

EPA rep Mark McIntyre said Friday the agency is still unsure who's responsible for the illegal dumping, but he said the property owners are accepting responsibility to clean up and pay for well testing.

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