- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A group of academic, government and health organizations that make up the New Hampshire Arsenic Consortium is meeting to discuss greater testing of private wells for unhealthy levels of the carcinogen.

The group is meeting Thursday in Concord following the release of a report prepared by Dartmouth College for the state.

The report estimates that 450 to 600 cases of lung, bladder and skin cancer could be avoided through testing and treatment of water found to have unhealthy levels of arsenic. The estimates are based on the number of wells that have tested positive and cancer rates in the state.

Nearly half the state’s population gets its water from private wells.

Arsenic is a naturally occurring carcinogen that is odorless, colorless and tasteless.

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