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State lawmakers override veto to pass safe drinking water law

State lawmakers override veto to pass safe drinking water law

In strong bipartisan votes in both the House and Senate, the Maine Legislature ​overrode ​the ​governor’s​ veto​ of safe drinking water legislation.


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Cumberland and Oxford Counties Private Wells Have High Uranium Levels

Cumberland and Oxford Counties Private Wells Have High Uranium Levels

Percent of Maine Wells that Exceed State Guideline for Uranium of 30 ug/L

About these figures

Figure (A) shows the percent of private wells tested for uranium that exceeded Maine’s Maximum Exposure Guideline among private wells with water samples tested by the State of Maine Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory between the years 1999 and 2013. As of January 2017, Maine’s Maximum Exposure Guideline for uranium is 30 micrograms per liter (ug/L). For locations with less than 20 wells tested, this calculation is considered unstable, and results are displayed as gray. All test results reported as less than the laboratory’s limit of detection were replaced with a value that is one-half of the detection limit.

Figure (B) shows the percent of private wells tested for uranium that exceeded Maine’s Maximum Exposure Guideline among private wells with water samples tested by the State of Maine Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory between the years 1999 and 2013. As of January 2017, Maine’s Maximum Exposure Guideline for uranium is 30 micrograms per liter (ug/L). For locations with less than 20 wells tested, this calculation is considered unstable, and results are displayed as gray. All test results reported as less than the laboratory’s limit of detection were replaced with a value that is one-half of the detection limit.

Different map colors are not based on statistical tests of difference.

Source of these data

The State of Maine Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory provided these data. The figure was prepared by the Maine Environmental Public Health Tracking Program. The complete data set contains water test results from 51,347 private wells in Maine.

Data updated: 01/2017. Display updated: 01/2017.
Generated at 11:18:44 AM (ET) on Jun 3, 2017

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Eye on Augusta: Local Option Tax, Arsenic Testing & An ALEC Amendment – Free Press Online

Eye on Augusta: Local Option Tax, Arsenic Testing & An ALEC Amendment – Free Press Online

Call for Constitutional Convention Fails On Tuesday, the Maine House voted 86 to 56 in favor of the State and Local Government Committee’s “ought n


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Maine House backs test fee to fund push against arsenic in private wells

Maine House backs test fee to fund push against arsenic in private wells

The Maine House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to fund additional testing and education on chemicals in private well water.


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“Selling Your Home Is Not The Time To Find Out You Have a Radon Problem” is the title of an earlier post shared on this page from the Maine Radon Page. However, many home sellers in southern and western Maine are finding out that they have also had arsenic and uranium problems as well.

Up until a few years ago, testing for uranium in your drinking water was not an option for many home buyers as the only lab capable of testing for uranium was the state lab. Unfortunately it took 2 weeks to get the results and that didn’t work very well for the real estate buying and selling cycle.

Local labs now have the capability of testing for uranium and getting the results back in 2 or 3 days. So now home inspectors have added testing uranium to their repertoire of services and surprise… uranium is showing up at an alarming frequency. Actually it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise as radon is a product of the radioactive decay of uranium and most people know that high levels of radon are pretty common in southern and western Maine.

The health effects of drinking too much water with high levels of uranium are changes to the kidneys that cause them to work in the wrong way. So getting your water tested for arsenic and uranium is highly recommended. Here’s the link to Maine’s tipsheet on uranium in water:

http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/environmental-health/eohp/wells/documents/uraniumresultstipsheet.pdf

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Arsenic Abatement Program offers relief | Machias Valley News Observer

Arsenic Abatement Program offers relief | Machias Valley News Observer

High levels of arsenic continue to be found in well water. But how do you know if it’s in your water? And what do you do to fix the problem, particularly if you’re of lower income?


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