Milford well contamination prompts call for legislative probe

Three wells, including one that supplies drinking water to a Milford home, were found to be contaminated with a toxic compound. Now a leading state lawmaker says he will call for a legislative investigation into why the state Department of Environmental Protection failed to follow its policies notifying residents and businesses. City and state officials said Monday that higher than acceptable levels of trichloroethyene were found in the wells. All are within half a mile of Milford Power Company. Officials say the contamination was present before power plant construction began in 1998. An environmental analysis done on behalf of Milford Power Company in 1999 found the contamination. The company reported it to the DEP, but state officials did not notify local officials or affected residents. Connecticut House Majority Leader James Amann promised an investigation. Tests will continue next week and a public information session is scheduled for September 15.

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