AUGUSTA – The Maine Center for Disease Control said Maine wells have high levels of arsenic.
One in eight wells across the state are at unhealthy levels. Now, there’s a bill before the legislature to establish testing standards for arsenic in well water.
The bill would take money from the state’s water testing fees and put it towards the educational program.
Representative Karen Vachon, R-Scarborough, said “My bill is just to start with the ground basics a raising awareness campaign. And to find a way to generate revenue to fund that awareness campaign. To get the word out so that Mainers know that there’s a problem. Up to 150,000 Mainers are affected by this.”
Arsenic has been linked to several types of cancer as well as learning disabilities.