CENTRAL--Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

July 28, 1993

Helped urged for those with contaminated water

Stephen R. Couch, a Pennsylvania State University sociology professor, urged state and local government leaders Monday to help the Pennsylvania and Maryland communities affected by water contamination.

"The suffering is real," Dr. Couch told about 45 people who attended a public forum at the Union Township, Pa., municipal building. "Admit it and help each other deal with it."

Residents of Union Township and Silver Run, in Carroll, have been pressuring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the Keystone Sanitation Landfill, which is suspected of contaminating drinking wells in both states.

The landfill is about a quarter-mile over the county line in Pennsylvania. Keystone was named a Superfund site in 1987.

Three members of People Against Contamination of the Environment Inc., a Silver Run citizens group, attended the forum.

Dr. Couch, who is researching how technological disasters cause stress for residents, encouraged government institutions to listen to people's needs and help them recover from the problems associated with contamination.

"We need a lot more action and less public relations," said Stephen R. Maitland, a Pennsylvania legislator.


* Westminster: Six storage sheds at homes along Uniontown Road were broken into and a riding lawn mower valued at $571 was stolen from one of them. The residents reported the break-ins Sunday and are checking the contents of the sheds to determine what else may be missing, Westminster police said.

A window of the East Middle School on Longwell Avenue was broken Sunday. Damage is estimated at $200.

Two garage doors at the rear of homes on Pennsylvania Avenue were spray painted Sunday. Damage is estimated at about $50.

The rain gutters and down spouts of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Johahn Drive were damaged Sunday. Loss is about $200.


* Westminster: A clogged chimney caused smoke to fill a house on Tannery Hill Road at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Westminster and Reese units were dispatched to the scene and remained there for 45 minutes.

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