May 26, 2018

Letters to the Editor

Nov. 17, 2011


Community must remedy lead issue

When it comes to threatened public health in a community, it is time for that community to take notice. I refer to Adam White’s story (“Testing confirms lead pollution in farm’s well,” Observer, Oct. 13, 2011) and subsequent letters regarding the confirmation of at least one Old Creamery Road family’s well — with dangerously high contamination by lead — allegedly from the North Country Sportsman’s Gun Club adjacent to the residence. There are many other residences along the road that could also be contaminated.

The tested well showed a level of .053 mg per liter, or almost four times the acceptable lead level in drinking water for humans — is this not scary? I have lived on Old Creamery Road since 1964 and have always considered it a safe area to raise a family. I am questioning that now and I urge all neighboring homes with wells to have their water tested.

I understand the use of lead shot on the firing range is permitted and that there is alternative shot that could be used. I wonder why this has not happened in light of the fact that the problem was first made known to the public several years ago? And what about the considerable amount of lead in surrounding soil and groundwater that should be cleared out?

Isn’t it time we, as a community and town, explore and remedy these troubling findings affecting our neighbors and possibly larger segments of the population?

—Jane Packard Bryant, Williston

Scouts take a stand against lead

We would like to thank the members of Boy Scout Troop #692 who decided not to go to the North Country Sportsman’s Club this past Saturday (Nov. 12) to earn their shotgun badge. When it was explained to them that the club was not being a good steward of the land, by polluting the surrounding land and waterways with lead, they made the decision not to participate.

The Boy Scout “Outdoor Code” states…

“As an American, I will do my best to: Be clean in my outdoor manners; Be careful with fire; Be considerate in the outdoors, and Be conservation minded.”

We believe that these Boy Scouts did themselves, their families and Boy Scouting proud by standing up to a known toxin — lead. We appreciate their support!

It is our hope that another person, or club — that practices the Environmental Protection Agency’s Best Management Practices — will step forth and help these conscientious boys with their shotgun badge (hopefully in an area where they are not polluting our waterways).

When a person takes a stand against the wrongs of the world, they usually step forward being a stronger person. That is the scouting, and the American, way!

—Leo and Mona Boutin, Lead Free Williston

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