Mr. Wayne Nastri
Environmental Protection Agency
75 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-3901
Dear Regional Administrator Nastri:
I am seriously concerned about the continued failure to protect against the emission of trichloroethylene (TCE), a suspected cancer causing chemical, into the drinking water that serves portions of Scottsdale.
According to local media reports, residents were alerted yesterday about a malfunction at a water-treatment plant on Tuesday, January 15, 200 that may have sent elevated levels of TCE into certain drinking water supplies.
I first brought the TCE emission issue to your attention in November, when, after a previous TCE emission, the EPA failed to notify the public until weeks afterwards.
You assured me then, both by letter and by phone, that steps were being taken to guard against TCE emissions. Attached, for your convenience, are copies of our previous correspondence.
I would appreciate an opportunity to speak with you about this by phone as soon as possible.
Thank you for your prompt attention.
Harry E. Mitchell
Member of Congress
Note: the text of Harry Mitchell's earlier letter can be found here.