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Is this a case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing? Kentucky is suing DuPont over years of chemical contamination from an upstream West Virginia plant. While Kentucky’s Department of Energy is filing suit against DuPont for poisoning our lakes, rivers, streams, and drinking water with “Forever Chemicals” (PFAs, PFOAs, C-8), the Kentucky State Water District and the Kentucky State EPA have knowingly turned a blind eye to municipalities like the city of Somerset who are trucking the stuff in by the millions and millions of gallons. Since at least 2016 through November 2022, the Kentucky State Water District and the Kentucky State EPA have given numerous, serious “out of compliance” violations to the Somerset Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP.) These violations were serious enough that the State Water Department repeatedly threatened that, “Violations of the above cited statute(s) and/or regulations are subject to a civil penalty per day per violation. Violations carry civil penalties of up to $25,000 per day per violation depending on the statues/regulations violated.” Yet, in the State EPA, the State Water District and Somerset answers and/or documents provided from official Open Records Requests (ORRs), there were zero fines or penalties levied on either the city of Somerset or the wastewater treatment plant; even though numerous violations have been cited over at least a period of six years. Even more concerning is the reaction/cover-up from the Kentucky State Water District and the KY EPA. Case in point, one of the documents in my possession is an e-mail between Diana Robertson, Coordinator for KY Div. of Water. The email states, “As a follow-up to an earlier conversation, there are currently no federal or state wastewater standards/limits for PFOA (C8), PFOs, or PFAs. As a result, wastewater treatment plants in Kentucky are not routinely sampling for those parameters. I wouldn’t expect to see sampling of industrial user discharge for those parameters either as there are no applicable limits.” In other words, she is refusing to test not only Pitman Creek or Lake Cumberland for those deadly chemicals, but apparently the State of KY Water District hasn’t been and is NOT going to test for these “forever chemicals” or asbestos even though there is a very real chance that this facility, and who knows how many others, are introducing them to our precious water sources. You can’t find what you are not looking. The KY State Water District, the KY State EPA, and the Mayor of Somerset and his City Council cannot truthfully state that they were not repeatedly warned about the dangers of this leachate. For well over a year now, one investigative reporter, Darlene Price of Truth or Politics, repeatedly warned them not only in writing, but also by appearing directly in front of the Somerset City Council and warning them of the dangers this leachate pose to our drinking water and ecosystem. Additionally, Truth and Politics completed a documentary entitled, “Lake Cumberland: what really lies beneath” and plastered it all over social media. Furthermore, Somerset’s local newspaper, The Commonwealth Journal, did no less than three feature articles on this very topic. Clearly, they knew, and now these “forever chemicals” are in KY’s drinking water. So, this begs the question. Does the “turning of a blind eye” from the Kentucky State Water District and the Kentucky State EPA to municipalities like the Somerset WWTP and City Council undermine the KY Dept. of Energy’s suit against DuPont??? You can bet the DuPont attorneys will use this failure to act as one of their defenses. The only way out of this is for the KY Dept. of Energy to also file suit against municipalities like the City of Somerset for contributing to this serious problem of negligently and knowingly trucking in millions and millions of gallons of this poison in the form of leachate and running it through a highly defective treatment plant. DuPont is obviously a very bad actor in this equation, and kudos to the KY Dept. of Energy for this effort. However, you can’t hold only DuPont responsible and not hold all of the other polluters responsible for this as well. Investigation continues.