Source: Radon & Home Sales – Maine Division of Environmental Health
Real estate transactions are the wrong time to find out that there is high concentration of a naturally occurring lung cancer inducing radioactive gas emanating throughout your home from under it’s foundation…(or maybe escaping from your drinking water!). If not for the pre-sale home inspections that are typically requested by prospective buyers, very few people would have ever heard of this invasive and harmful gas. Unfortunately, this is often the first time the house has ever been tested for radon. In Maine, (statistically) one out of three homeowners are then told that the home they have been living in for years (if not decades) has a radon level that is unhealthy and unacceptable to the buyers, who subsequently propose as a condition of sale, that a radon mitigation system is installed at the owner’s expense . This sometimes jeopardizes the sale of the property to the dismay of the owner, seller, as well as the real estate agents involved.
Drinking Water and Cancer-Causing Chemicals
Researchers are starting to focus on dioxane, a potential carcinogen that’s starting to show up in tests of tap water.
What’s the Matter with Drinking ‘Raw Water’?
Some companies are touting the benefits of drinking untreated or unfiltered water. Experts say there could be serious health issues.
Letter to the editor: Mainers are at risk if they don’t test well water for arsenic
More than 50 percent of people with wells don’t even test them for dangerous chemicals like arsenic.
Letter to the Editor: Could you be one of the millions drinking toxic well water?
To the Editor:We are 12 to 13 years old and members of the Water-Those? First Lego League Robotics Team from Kennebunk. The task that we were presented
Our View: Maine should build on lead-intervention success
Promoting the testing of wells for arsenic will help mitigate another public health threat.
New lead standard fuels 10-fold jump in interventions after children test positive
Under the new law, thresholds for testing have been lowered to align with federal Centers for Disease Control recommendations.
Letter to the editor: There’s more to do to have clean water for all Mainers
Access to clean water is a fundamental human right, yet thousands of Mainers are still subjected to drinking water laced with arsenic. Maine, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report, has one of the highest arsenic levels in both bedrock and well water. Chronic, low-level exposure to arsenic…
Woman honored for exposing risks of arsenic in well water.
Searsport mom to be honored – Waldo VillageSoup
Portland — A Searsport mother is one of 11 individuals who will receive environmental health leadership awards Dec. 1 from an organization working to make sure all families have access to safe and affordable food, drinking water, and products.
Lead poisoning hits new Mainers hard – Lewiston Sun Journal
“Kadra Ahmed” sits in her living room in Lewiston with her 2-year-old son, who was diagnosed with lead poisoning while living at their former apartment. Her 9-year-old son picks up his …
2.1 million Americans use water wells with hazardous levels of arsenic, USGS estimates
While arsenic is an ancient health threat, this analysis offers one of the first nationwide appraisals for the groundwater contaminant and spotlights regulatory gaps in the nation’s water infrastructure.