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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 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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There were some upset residents in Millsboro during a public information town hall on the next legal steps to be taken over nitrate water contamination.

The meeting held on Monday by a local law firm comes on the heels of a Mountaire Farms poultry plant being cited by Delaware state officials for wastewater violations.

Mountaire has been providing bottled water since early December and has offered to drill deeper wells free of charge.

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - A state panel charged with recommending safe practices for shale gas recovery in western Maryland is nearing the end of its work.

Tuesday's meeting in Cumberland includes a discussion about the final report, expected by year-end.

It's the panel's first meeting since Republican Larry Hogan was elected governor. Hogan has said he favors hydraulic fracturing, a drilling technique that forces water and chemicals deep underground to crack the shale and release natural gas.

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Jul 10, 2014
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It’s safe to drink the water at the Eastern Correctional Institution.

That’s the word from the Maryland Environmental Service officials after they discovered bacteria earlier this month.

Two water samples take on July 1st and 3rd  found traces of coliform bacteria which is usually found in fecal matter. 

But Chris Carrigan with the Maryland Environmental Service told the Salisbury Daily Times that the potentially deadly E. Coli form of the bacteria did not turn up.

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ELLENDALE, Del. - Tuesday night, about 40 people met with state officials at Mount Zion A.M.E Church in Ellendale to get an update on an ongoing water contamination problem, first identified back in 2009.

Authorities told WMDT that the source of the contamination is a gasoline leak at a salvage yard located near the church. It directly affects the church and two nearby homes.

Authorities have yet to identify all responsible parties. However one of the potential parties is helping with the clean-up process.

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ELLENDALE, Del. (AP) - Delaware environmental and public health officials are updating Ellendale residents on work to ensure safe water supplies in the area.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Division of Public Health planned to hold a workshop Tuesday night at the Mount Zion A.M.E. Church in Ellendale.

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The Wicomico County community of Doe Run near Salisbury has been found to have contaminated wells.

Health Department officials say 8 of them contained low levels of 1.2 dichloropropane.

This is the second contamination incident but officials say it is not connected to the TCE that was found in the Morris Mill community.

WBOC reports that 19 homes were tested most of them in Doe run with 8 coming up positive.

The county health department is set to test more wells in the neighborhood.

So far, there is no source for the chemical.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Maryland environmental officials plan to brief residents on how they will respond to groundwater contamination in Wicomico County.

A community meeting is scheduled Tuesday in the Parkside High School auditorium in Salisbury. Maryland Department of the Environment spokesman Jay Apperson says state officials have identified the activity they believe led to the contamination. However, Apperson says they haven't been able to identify a specific individual or date.