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I-Team Follow-up: D.E.P. Releases Findings Of Probe Into Dust Problem In Lattimer Area
The State Department of Environmental Protection released it's findings of a year long investigation into dust problems in the Lattimer and Pardeesville area. Residents dealt with large amounts of dust that covered their homes, properties and vehicles for much of the summer of 2012. Residents called the I-Team for help when they said their concerns were not being addressed adequately by the D.E.P. The state report could not determine where the source of the dust. It did find that the dust wherever it came from was not a health danger to residents. D.E.P. spokesperson Colleen Connolly said, "The dust could have been coming from anywhere as wind carried from not only the quarry but area coal operations." The I-team worked with scientists from Lock Haven University who sampled dust and air quality in the Lattimer area. They determined the dust was most likely coming from the quarry but they too could not be 10o percent certain. A spokesperson for the quarry said he was pleased with the D.E.P. report and insisted that the company only wants to be a good neighbor and always operates well within state environmental guidelines.