by J.C. Huntington
Dateline: Oracle Arizona, Friday, December 1, 2000
On Nov. 15, Turner Laboratories threatened to prosecute Russell to “the fullest extent of the law” unless Russell returned copies of 2 water test results to the lab and quit disseminating this public information to the press and interested citizens.
The 2 tests confirm that the Page-Trowbridge radioactive/toxic waste landfill is leaking to groundwater.
The 2 tests also contradict UA officials who claim that the detection of a contaminant from the landfill was not confirmed because only a single test was performed on water sampled April 26.
By maintaining that there was a single test, UA officials have been able to claim that the detection of contaminants was “a lab error or an anomaly,” and do not confirm the fact that contaminants from Page-Trowbridge are leaking to groundwater
While the reports were faxed and mailed to Russell by a Turner Lab technician on Oct 31, Turner Labs refused to release the reports to the Arizona Daily Star the next day, hours after Russell had informed the Pinal County Supervisors of an apparent cover-up by the UA or the lab.
Turner labs claim that Russell obtained the 2 test results by “fraudulently” posing as a representative of Page Ranch or possibly the University of Arizona.
In his response, Russell said that he clearly told two Turner Lab employees that he was representing the Oracle Town Hall.
Russell also informed the lab that since he did not obtain the tests results via any improper or unlawful conduct, he will not return the test results and will not stop disseminating them to anyone with an interest.
The UA employs Turner Labs to test the water samples collected from monitoring wells at Page-Trowbridge by the UA.
The UA owns the Page-Trowbridge landfill is responsible for testing water from the aquifer beneath it to determine if their landfill has contaminated drinking water used by several local communities.
Funding for the sampling and testing of water from the Page-Trowbridge Aquifer is provided by tax revenue.
The textual form of the letter
from the attorney for Turner Labs follows:
The following image is a scan of the letter sent to Russell by the Law Firm retained by Turner Laboratories, Inc.
The images below are scans of the test reports faxed to Russell Oct. 31 and denied to the Arizona Daily Star, the next day, Nov. 1.
The test reports confirm that contaminants from the Page-Trowbridge radioactive/toxic waste landfill have leaked to the drinking water beneath it.
The test reports also contradict
UA officials who maintain that only a single test was performed on the
April 26 samples. By maintaining that there was only a single test,
UA officials claim it is not confirmed that Page-Trowbridge is leaking.