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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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Those living in the Delaware town of Blades can now drink the water.

Officials recently installed carbon-filtration system that has nearly cleared up the PFC’s found in the underground water supply.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that authorities say residents should flush out their homes of any lingering contaminated water.

The town water now contains 3.4 parts per trillion of PFC’s which is a far lower concentration than what was found earlier this month.

The Environmental Protection Agency limits PFC’s to 70 parts per trillion.

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The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to put central Hockessin on its Superfund list after a toxic chemical plume was found under the streets of the city.

The plume is believed to be the likely source for the pollutant PCE found in the wells that supply drinking water for the area.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that state regulators stress that the water provided by the Artesian Resources Corporation is safe but they do not have the funds to rid the underground aquifer of the pollutant.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland's secretary of the environment says states need federal support to handle climate challenges.

The Washington Post reports state Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles sent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt a letter Monday. It comes three months after Pruitt moved to repeal the Clean Power Plan, a regulation from former President Barack Obama's administration aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say they intend to sue the Environmental Protection Agency over its failure to rein in power plant emissions from other states that are blamed for air pollution in Delaware.

Officials said Monday that they intend to sue the EPA for not requiring power plants in Pennsylvania and West Virginia to reduce air pollution.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Environmental groups are calling for tighter laws to prevent stormwater runoff pollution at Maryland industrial sites.

The Center for Progressive Reform and the Environmental Integrity Project on Thursday cited state records showing more than a third of the industrial facilities required to report results of runoff pollution testing to the state are discharging toxic materials beyond acceptable levels.

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Representatives from oil refineries, union leaders and Governor John Carney gathered at the Delaware City Refinery to protest a federal rule requiring the purchase of renewable energy credits.

PBF Energy which owns the refinery says those rules which are resulting in ballooning costs.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the oil refineries can either blend biofuels like ethanol or they can purchase the credits.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Maryland's attorney general says the state is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution.

Raquel Coombs, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Brian Frosh, told The Associated Press the lawsuit will be filed Wednesday after weeks of preparation.

Gov. Larry Hogan directed the attorney general to sue the EPA Wednesday morning. The Hogan administration says 70 percent of Maryland's ozone problem originates in upwind states.

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The Environmental Protection Agency could be coming to the aid of businesses and residents near Newark to clean up some polluted groundwater.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there are two plumes of polluted water near the Delaware Route 72 corridor.

Along with local businesses there is also a city well-water plant in the area.

Delaware environmental officials say the water has been polluted with tetrachloroethylene which the federal government says is carcinogenic.

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