EPA Begins investigating Grand Island plant

This week the Environmental Protection Agency began an investigation at a Grand Island plant for possible contamination in their soil and groundwater.

Two men claim they got sick from working there.  One of them, Dennis Mudloff suffers from seizures, memory loss and fatigue.  He says, “I spoke with a friend of mine who has a type of chemical poisoning.  He said we don't look too bad on the outside, but our insides are 30 years older than they should be.”

Mudloff's conditions may have been caused by chemical contamination and he believes his symptoms stem from when he used to work at Grand Island's DTE Rail Services.

The business does maintenance on rail cars.  It sits on the same site as the old Cornhusker Ammunition plant, where explosives were made until the early 1970's.  This week, the EPA began investigating DTE, to see if they let some chemicals from their work pollute the ground.

EPA Representative David Bryan also warns that they're also checking for chemicals that may have been left behind by the ammunitions plant.  “Part of screening is looking at the history of the property and what it has been used for and what has been done there.  Since it's right there near the Cornhusker Ammunitions plant, it seems prudent to do the explosives analysis.”

At this point, there is no evidence that the groundwater or the soil on the DTE Rail Services grounds is contaminated.

DTE Energy owns the plant.  Spokesman John Austerberry says they are fully cooperating with the EPA.  He also said, “we do not have any practice of bearing any waster material on our property and in addition, we have no knowledge or indication that material may have been disposed of in that way outside of our prescribed procedures.”

Again, there is no evidence that the groundwater at DTE Rail Services is contaminated.

By mid-May the EPA will take several samples from the site.  We're told the results will not be available for another couple of months after that.