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Brookfield mulls law requiring uranium well tests

BROOKFIELD, Conn. (AP) Brookfield is considering a law requiring homeowners to test wells for uranium and arsenic and disclose the results to buyers if they are higher than federal or state standards allow.

The town's health director, Ray Sullivan proposed the ordinance and says radium is a more deadly concern because it has been known to cause leukemia in exposed children. Uranium can be toxic to kidneys based on exposure over four decades or more.


Some real estate agents are concerned the law would make it difficult to sell homes. Linda McCaffrey, a real estate agent, says the law is not enforceable.

Republican Selectman Marty Flynn, a plumber and advocate for installing filtering systems, is skeptical that the proposal would require newly installed wells to be tested, but not mandate remediation.