Tests show contamination in Tremont wells

TREMONT — Additional testing of wells near the town’s closed landfill shows contamination may be more widespread than first believed.

Selectmen last Monday were presented with the results of samples taken from eight wells in the vicinity of the landfill. The additional testing was recommended by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) after earlier testing of wells in the area were found to contain higher than the maximum allowable levels of manganese, iron and arsenic.

Although these elements can occur naturally in groundwater in the state, they are a “common signature of landfill contamination,” according to the DEP’s division of remediation.

Rather than spend money on pinpointing the source of the contamination, the DEP believes it is more cost-effective to supply affected well owners with potable water.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander