- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A proposed law in Maine aims to increase the rate of testing for arsenic in private wells.

Wendy Brennan of Mount Vernon joined a group of lawmakers on Thursday to introduce the bill.

Brennan says her well water contains nearly five times as much arsenic as the national maximum standard and that her family has suffered from health issues.

Arsenic occurs naturally in bedrock and can contaminate groundwater.

The bill calls for using money generated from state laboratory tests to educate residents to get their well water tested. Landlords would be responsible for providing tenants their test results.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a similar bill last year, saying private well testing has already increased from 2003 to 2012. His office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.


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