Officials Say "Award" Lacks Credibility
By Richard Veilleux, Office of University Communications
STORRS, Conn. -- University of Connecticut officials today said
the Toxics Action Center "award" lacks credibility.
"We have no idea what the group based their findings on or
how they reached this decision. They failed to rely on facts
readily available from the Department of Environmental Protection,
local health officials or the Town of Mansfield. They never
contacted UConn officials, " said Karen A. Grava, UConn
spokeman. "In short, TAC's action demonstrates poor
research, inherent bias and a willingness to rely solely on
Grava also noted that:
· No link has been established between coliform bacteria
and sediment in two wells close to construction of Hilltop
Apartments. Local health department tests indicated that coliform
existed in one of the residential wells before the building project
began as did iron and manganese sediment in the other well, which
is potable. Nevertheless, the University is working closely with
both residents to assess the cause of their well problems.
· Less than 10 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from a
holding tank at the site of the Hilltop Apartments into the
detention basin in July. The state Department of Environmental
Protection responded to contain the spilled fuel. Since diesel fuel
is lighter than water, it floats and would not have entered a
nearby brook through the detention basin drainage pipes that were
below water level.
The Toxics Action Center failed to seek objective information,
did not use information that was widely reported and available; did
not attempt to seek opinions of experts who are knowledgeable in
this matter and did not base their "award" on an
objective assessment of the facts.
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