Residents of Assembly District 38 are worried about the safety of their drinking water. Last Thursday, Francine Langlais of Sullivan, Wisconsin, was informed by the Water & Environmental Analysis Lab at UW-Stevens Point that her drinking water is contaminated with E. Coli and she was advised to “start boiling water or buying water,” she said. On Monday afternoon, Scott Michalak, Democratic candidate for Assembly District 38, took Joel Kleefisch (R) to task on the issue.
Since Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R) was the legislator who was found to have lobbied the DNR to let Herr Environmental off the hook after the company dumped high levels of human waste near the drinking water wells (story here) it makes sense that he should be held to account.
Said Michalak, “It appears now that the contamination problem is even larger than the 40 wells that may have been originally contaminated because this new well found with the E. Coli virus is on the other side of the highway from the original area in the Golden Park Circle subdivision.”
Michalak wants Rep. Kleefisch to pay for the testing of the affected wells so residents don’t have to pay for it themselves, so they’ll know if their water is safe to drink, and so something can be done to rectify the problem. Michalak issued a statement to Representative Kleefisch:
Mr. Kleefisch, I think that since you don’t think Mr.Herr should have to pay for testing of these wells, that you should pay for them yourself.
I also believe that Mrs.Stepp and Mr.Gunderson should resign their positions with the DNR, effective immediately. There is no place for in-house judgments from people that received campaign contributions from Mr. Herr himself. This, at a minimum, is a conflict of interest and possible ethics violation. Furthermore, I believe this incident and further investigation should be turned over to the Department of Justice immediately.
Here’s hoping Michalak and the residents of Assembly District 38 will be heard.
This isn’t a third-world country. Allowing political donors to pollute the drinking water of Wisconsinites without repercussions is unacceptable. Leaving residents to test their own drinking wells and boil or buy drinking water because of it is ridiculous.
This is NOT the Wisconsin Way.