In the July 17 editorial regarding the opposition to building the Aberdeen school you got some of the EPA actions right, but you left critical items out. The report on the most recent EPA investigation taking place missed a few issues.

Yes, the earth covering the site has been cleaned and inserted back on its original location. Yes, there is no immediate damage to humans at the site.

It is important to examine the report and determine what is not included. There was no mention to the readers of any issues with long-term damage to humans.

The editorial goes on to indicate there were a group of trees planted 30 years ago to absorb any residual contamination. There were no indications of any testing of the trees for contamination. The other item not issued were the tests of wells dug to allow the testing of sub-surface water. The 2018 tests showed the combined well water tested contained 22 elements and compounds exceeding the maximum EPA exposure rates.

There was nothing in the report indicating the results of long-term exposure risks.

The concern is not politically motivated. The concern is about the safety of the students and school employees.

Harold Mendelson , Pinehurst

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