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A potential class action lawsuit is in the works in the wake of water contamination for the town of Blades.

A law firm says it has been approached by number of residents who have experienced health problems.

WBOC reports these included thyroid issues and pregnancy complications.

The water was found to have contained an elevated level of PFC’s.

The attorneys say they are now trying to determine who was responsible or what caused the contamination.

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BLADES, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials say more chemical contamination has been found in private wells in a southern Delaware town where residents were advised last month not to drink the water.

Officials said Tuesday that elevated levels of perfluorinated compounds have been found in three more private wells in Blades.

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BLADES, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials say more contamination has been found in private wells in a southern Delaware town where residents were advised last month not to drink the water.

Officials say sampling of 41 private wells in Blades has found elevated levels of perfluorinated compounds in three of them.

A fourth well had a PFC concentration below the Environmental Protection Agency's health advisory of 70 parts per trillion, but close enough that the homeowner was provided with a carbon filtration system.

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The town of Blades is beginning to install a carbon filtration system for its water.

It is an attempt to restoring the water to three contaminated wells.

Blades Town Water and Maintenance Supervisor Brandon Slater told WBOC that it was a big relief and the efforts are “going as hard as we can go.”

The carbon is set to be placed into the system by Friday.

After it’s tested the town wells will begin flushing out the system.

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Governor John Carney has signed an executive order that provides for the Delaware National Guard to assist with two 400 gallon tanks of water for the residents who have wells in the town of Blades.

WBOC reports that this follows the discovery of PCB’s in the underground water which is now being investigated by state, federal and local officials.

Tim Ratsep with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control told the television station that the investigation was only in its early stages.

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BLADES, Del. (AP) - Voters in the town of Blades have elected a new mayor.

Voters elected Robert Atkinson to the post on Monday. Current Mayor Michael Smith did not seek re-election.
 
Atkinson got 52 votes to beat David Ruff, who got 36 votes, and John Reiss, who got 15 votes.
 
The town will swear-in Atkinson and Councilmen-elect Lee Benningfield and Russell Joseph at the town council meeting next week.
 

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BLADES, Del. (AP) - Voters are picking a new mayor in the town of Blades.

The polls at Hardin Hall are open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.

Councilmen Robert Atkinson, John Reiss and David Ruff are running for mayor. Current Mayor Michael Smith is not seeking re-election. 

WXDE-FM reports that two council seats are uncontested and Lee Benningfield and Russell Joseph will be sworn in next week with the newly elected mayor.