A homeowner says a federal program has gone too far. But a call from WOWT 6 News now means the EPA will look into the complaint.
Removal of his grapes incurred the wrath of Jim Flink, who claims a government contractor crossed property during lead removal next door.
"You don't have to be a surveyor to see they dug out crooked," Flink says.
Flink claims the lead removal crew encroached on his property from about two feet near the house four feet at the front.
Flink has security cameras that caught the crews going too car, showing his family's grapevines being torn away. He also claims the survey stake was removed that would prove the location of his property line.
"So now I don't know where my yard line is," Flink says.
The EPA says its lead removal contractors are careful to honor property lines.
"We work off the Douglas County Assessors web page with legal dimensions," says Dan Garvey with the EPA. "And we have other things in place and we do our best to make sure we're accurate in what we do."
But Flink's wife Bernie says several grapevines have been pulled off her property.
"It was heart rendering, you know when you baby a plant when its little and it comes back up and then its gone," she says.
The contractor promises to investigate, but the Flinks claim the EPA contractor should have taken more time to check property lines before getting the lead out.
Flink tells WOWT 6 News calls from us have triggered an EPA response and that a government contractor has now met with him, agreeing to pay for a survey of property lines. If the contractor went too far, Flink will be compensated.