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Uranium found in area wells

Date Published: 11/01/2006 [Source]

Ten out of 12 drinking water wells tested around Arden and Rocky Lake recently were discovered to have unacceptable levels of uranium. One of those wells tested by the Tri-County Health District belonged to Dr. Angela Ball and her husband, Paul Buxton. "When drinking water has uranium in it, radiation is not a problem, but uranium is a heavy metal. It can accumulate in the kidneys and cause kidney damage," Dr. Ball said. "Also, as uranium decays, it releases radon. Breathing air with radon in it can cause cancer. It's important for people in the area to test the air in their homes for radon gas."