Southern Kentucky Man Claims Illegal Dump Is Causing Him To Get Sick

A Wayne County man is demanding answers because of what he claims one company is doing near his home.

Bobby Coomer grew up in, and still lives in a home near Monticello. He claims Belden Wire & Cable Company contaminated his well, and severely affected his health by dumping wire nearby.

He says the illegal dumping has been going on for years, and some of it has since been covered over by loads of dirt.

At the bottom of a hill behind his home, rusty barrels and piles of wire sit right beside a creek, creating yellow scum and foam where a creek once ran clear.

The creek runs into Lake Cumberland. As far back as 9 years ago, the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection ordered Belden to remove any piles of wire and to document that removal. But years later, heaps of wire were still visible.

Belden representatives did not return 27 NEWSFIRST's calls for comment Wednesday.


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  • by TomTom Location: LexTown on Aug 7, 2008 at 07:06 PM
    What are the facts? That Wayne County is ghetto and boring. End of story!
  • by Bill Location: southern ky on Aug 7, 2008 at 11:04 AM
    I'll say this again since my first comment didn't go through for some reason. WKYT ran this story without many of the key facts....very poor reporting by a very professional TV station.
  • by Leroy Location: Lexington on Aug 7, 2008 at 08:51 AM
    9 years? come on man... MOVE! Get out of the dump and wasteland and move to civilization... LEXINGTON!!!!
  • by Citizen Location: Paintsville on Aug 7, 2008 at 04:55 AM
    Illegal dumping in Johnson County, Kentucky sent one man to Prison. Dave Bowling was sentenced and now serving time in jail for illegal dumping, I say lock these guys up also.
  • by Gil Location: Richmond on Aug 7, 2008 at 04:55 AM
    The chemicals used to clean wire, and in the manufactoring of cable are toxic and depending on the type, they can cause liver damage, skin cancer and a variety of other illnesses. Precautions must be taken to dispose of these and there's no excuse for dumping. Make the company do a complete cleanup and compensate the state and individuals hurt by all this.
  • by A Location: L on Aug 6, 2008 at 09:33 PM
    Heaps of wire and steel barrells making him sick? Well now that its in the news all the scrap dogs will probally come take care of that problem for him. After all most are dumb enought to mess with power lines and running around peoples yards why not mess with toxic waste as well? A dollar is still a dollar.
  • by darrin coomer Location: monticello ky on Aug 6, 2008 at 05:00 PM
    the old dumpsite is a big mess that needed attention many years ago it not only effects the people around it it also effects all the people that depend on lake cumberland for water supply the core of engeers need to have a look

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