Wal-Mart contaminating our source of drinking water

Published: Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 9:23 p.m.
In regards to the planned Wal-Mart in Alachua, if there ever was any question, whatsoever, about how Wal-Mart feels towards the environment and something as unimportant as say -- drinking water, one has to only look at its actions.
Wal-Mart decided to go ahead with its new building in Alachua despite the fact that there is an open karst window, or cave sink hole nearby. That alone should have been enough to stop this, as there is no way that pollutants will not make their way down into the Alachua Sink, or Mill Creek Sink as it is also called. Studies have been done in other similar sites showing that these open windows in the ground act as an express route to the aquifer, and thus our drinking water.
Now, as if that was not bad enough, another sink hole opened on the Wal-Mart property two weeks ago. This hole, and others that are likely to form if the building continues, will be a direct link to the water below.
It is my opinion that we have more than enough Wal-Marts around but I'm not so sure the same can be said about the future of our drinking water. Especially if South Florida wants to try to get some of it in the not-too-distant future.
Can common sense prevail here with Wal-Mart doing the right thing and stopping construction? Or if not, can our local politicians and citizens help convince them...?
Gene Page, Micanopy

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