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Special Task Force Wants To Know Who Is Responsible For Dumping Dangerous Chemicals

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Investigators have formed a special task force to figure out who's responsible for dumping dangerous chemicals in the City of Charlotte's sewer system. Authorities say drinking water was not affected and that the contaminants had to come from a commercial tanker type truck-something that could handle material waste. They don't know how much of the dangerous chemicals were dumped, but police say they are sifting through surveillance video and working with federal and state authorities to find the person responsible for contaminating the sewer system.

The water coming into the Mallard Creek Wastewater Plant just didn't look right, to workers, so they shut things down and started investigating. They traced the sewer lines to a grease trap behind the Food Lion near the intersection of West Sugar Creek Road and Harris Boulevard where they say someone dumped material that contained PCB's, cancer-causing agents. The toxic chemicals made their way through the sewer lines to Mallard Creek Wastewater Plant, where treated water then flows into Mallard Creek and the Rocky River.

If you live downstream of the plant, officials are warning you to stay out of the water and to keep your kids and animals out because they say a small amount of PCB's were found in water coming out of the plant.

Barry Gullet, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities Director, says, "It's not affecting the water intake. There is no impact. Our drinking water is safe." Gullet says the closest drinking water intake is 50 miles downstream of the plant, so he has no reason to think there will be any impact there.

But people living in neighborhoods, including Rocky River Crossing in Harrisburg are worried about other things.

Jodi Whitley says, "It's concerning, the kids like to play in the water back behind the house, so very concerning, and my cat, yeah neighbor's cats are out there, and I'm sure they drink the water."

Robert Aikey says, "They were indicating it would be safe. I think we're all worried about the level of it, and that it's possibly cancer, I'm very concerned about that part, especially my wife had cancer, so I'm always concerned about things like that." Aikey adds, "I don't know if you can prevent these people from doing these kinds of behaviors, just hope they're caught."

Officials say the level of contaminants in the water they tested dropped from Thursday to Friday. They routinely test the water and say they will continue to monitor it until it gets back to "normal" levels.
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