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Hastings mayor lashes out at EPA drilling plans
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning on drilling holes in downtown Hastings. But Hastings Mayor Vern Powers is angry to be the last to know, saying they did not ask permission or discuss their intentions.
According to the Mayor, he found out Thursday through back channels from City of Hastings employees that the EPA would begin digging Monday.
Mayor Powers wrote a letter to the EPA, which was also sent to Governor Heineman and others, voicing his frustration.
There are eleven green circles painted across downtown Hastings marking where the EPA would potentially drill.
The EPA wants to test the groundwater for contaminants, the mayor says, specifically, dry cleaning residue.
"We need to talk about what they're doing because every time they come here to do something they cost the citizens of our town lots of money. We spent $30 to $40 million over the last 28 years on different kinds of these things, these great ideas. You know what? Our citizens just have to say this is enough. We're not going to pay you another dime."
Mayor Powers says he will do whatever he can to keep them from drilling Monday. He even notified the Hastings Police.
The Mayor has not heard back from the EPA.
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