More Questions Than Answers Over Pollution | WGLT

More Questions Than Answers Over Pollution

Dec 22, 2015

Intersection of Linden and Emerson Streets with Freedom Oil Station on right, and a day care on the left.
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Bloomington Aldermen are discussing a contamination problem in a four block area of Bloomington near the intersection of Linden and Emerson Streets. The source is a Freedom gas station, across from a child care facility, and within yards of Sugar Creek. As part of the consent agenda, the council was going to vote to prohibit water wells in the contaminated area, but Alderman Amelia Buragas, who represents the area, asked to table the issue. During GLT's Sound Ideas, Mayor Tari Renner says it was premature to have it on the consent agenda.

"We did not actually talk to the residents in the area, they don't even know about this. Now they do."

7th Ward Alderman Scott Black joined Renner during Sound Ideas. He says the city needs to know more about the contamination, like when it began, what materials are involved, and the current status of the leak. Ward Four Alderman Amelia Buragas asked for the item pulled the consent agenda citing a need for more information and serious discussion. The motion to table the item passed 9-0.