2008-02-07 / Editorial

Details needed on sole source aquifer

•EDITORIAL•

Next week representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will visit Jamestown to conduct a hearing on whether the island should be designated as a Sole Source Aquifer.

A petition for the designation was made in 2005 by the North End Concerned Citizens as part of its battle to keep the town from building a public works facility adjacent to the transfer station. Voters have since opted to put the highway garage elsewhere, but the Sole Source Aquifer petition remains active.

The hearing next week will give islanders an opportunity to learn more about the impact that the proposed Sole Source Aquifer designation will have on Jamestown. Residents will be allowed to ask questions and will also be permitted to comment on the petition.

Some town officials question if the Sole Source Aquifer designation is necessary. It certainly adds a new level of federal red tape to local projects. Could the designation be good for Jamestown? We simply need to know more about the program. That's why the hearing is important.

Copies of the petition are available to the public at the Town Hall and the Jamestown Philomenian Library. The petition can be viewed online at www.jamestownri.net/new.html.

Take the time to review the petition. Then be sure to attend the hearing at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Jamestown library.

- Jeff McDonough

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