New Brunswick

Tests confirm high uranium, arsenic levels in Harvey

A new round of tests by the Department of Health has confirmed high levels of uranium and arsenic in wells in the Harvey area.

A new round of tests by the Department of Health has confirmed high levels of uranium and arsenic in wells in the Harvey area.

The provincial government tests showed 84 wells had more uranium than recommended guidelines and 173 were found to have too much arsenic.

The health department tested a total of 525 water samples from homes and businesses in the Village of Harvey and along Route 3 to York Mills in southwestern New Brunswick.

Health Minister Michael Murphy said the uranium results are consistent with a study done in 1981 when 19 out of 86 samples taken were too high.

Free radon-in-air testing will be conducted by the health department during the winter for people in the Harvey area who registered in the summer for the service.

Radon is a gas produced naturally by uranium as it decays. Health Canada advises that homes be tested for radon gas.