When I read this story I immediately thought about just how vulnerable well owners are about having their well water contaminated by decisions out of their control.
In this case the head of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) toxicology area, Dr. Megan Davies, resigned after eight years in the position.
Her resignation centered around a report released to the public about the elevated levels of hexavalent chromium in samples taken from well water. This report, and testimony given by one of the toxicologists involving well owners who live near Duke Energy coal ash pond, led the heads of both the DHHS and the Department of Environmental Quality to accuse the toxicologist of misleading the public about the level of contamination.
You can see more details here.
The bottom line of this story is that these department heads and political appointees seem to be protecting the polluters over the welfare of the well owners.