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May 26, 2011


Randy Kritkausky

Gov. Shumlin erred in vetoing S.77. He supported legislation to provide better health care for Vermonters and at the same time vetoed an important preventative health care program- detecting dangerous naturally occurring pollutants in Vermont wells. Gov. Shumlin said that the vast majority of Vermont well water is clean and safe. However a very large number of wells are not safe. We know because arsenic in our family's well seriously affected our 3 year old grandson. He took a year of expensive tests and a trip to a hospital in Boston before we struck on the idea of testing our well for naturally occurring toxins. This incident was the case study that helped to initiate S.77. Our experience was painful, frightening, costly and avoidable. If only someone had told us about testing well water. Gov. Shumlin is correct- most well water in Vermont is safe. But he could also argue for not having fire departments because most houses won't catch fire. Without S.77 Vermonters will be playing well water roulette when they buy a house. We hope that the governor is better informed when this legislation reappears.

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