More Testing, State Response Sought on Link To Arsenic in Wells, IQ

"Columbia University is seeking federal money to test a majority of Kennebec County’s 17,000 wells."

"When Emily Roderick moved with her husband and two young kids into a Readfield home about 18 months ago, there was radon in the basement and bacteria in the well, but arsenic in the water wasn’t an issue.

Now, after a study released earlier this month showed a possible link between arsenic in private well water and lower intelligence levels in area schoolchildren, she said her water will be tested frequently, perhaps each year.

“Seeing the study, we are going to get our water tested regularly to make sure that it doesn’t become a problem,” Roderick said."

Michael Shepherd reports for the Kennebec Journal April 13, 2014.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014