Tuesday , 27 September 2016

DESPITE STATE EFFORTS, ARSENIC CONTINUES TO POISON MANY PRIVATE WELLS IN WISCONSIN

By the time Bradley Burmeister met his high school science teacher more than a decade ago, concerns had already surfaced about an ancient poison that was appearing in drinking water around their Fox River Valley community. High levels of arsenic, a substance used as a poison since the Middle Ages, had been detected in 1989 in several counties in the Fox Valley region of northeastern Wisconsin. In 2003, Seymour High School science teacher Dennis Rohr and his students began a study of private well water samples from the area that would continue for the next five years. The arsenic level the students detected in the Burmeister family’s well was off the charts: 1,650 parts per billion (ppb), or 165 times the federal health standard of 10 ppb. http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/despite-state-efforts-arsenic-continues-to-poison-many-private-wells/article_24e73879-7e8b-5870-9bba-e302c55a727b.html

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