2006-04-13 / News

DEM okay with sole-source aquifer request

By Dotti Farrington

The state Department of Environmental Management "is supportive of the idea (of designation of Jamestown as a solesource aquifer) and would be happy to work with the town on the petition," according to a DEM spokesman.

The North End Concerned Citizens filed the petition several weeks ago with the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Douglas Heath, based in Boston, is processing the petition. He is the co-ordinator in the New England EPA Region, that includes Rhode Island, for source water assessment programs. He was incorrectly identified in the April 6 Jamestown Press also as the regional co-ordinator for wellhead protection.

The report also said Heath was advised that DEM Director Michael Sullivan had promised NECC that he would write a letter about the island's water situation. Heath said he had not received such notice from the NECC or the DEM. A spokesman for Sullivan said the DEM supports the sole source concept and sees the benefits to be "federal environmental review of any projects involving federal funding, and educational benefits via increased awareness of the importance of the resource."

Local officials said they did not anticipate direct involvement because no federal funds are pending for any current town projects.

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