Sound Off – Uranium

Uranium has turned up in the water at a Madison school and administrators said there are no health risk but that's not easing parents' concerns.

The district found the problem after an anonymous tipster advised them to test the water at Brown Middle School and Ryerson Elementary. The test results showed uranium levels more than three times the EPA standard.

Parents voiced their concerns at a meeting Monday night and also found out the Madison Director of Health knew about elevated levels two years ago and didn't say anything. Health Director John Bowers said Monday night that he received a letter from the state in October 2006 about the uranium issue, but didn't tell anyone else in town government. He said he followed all laws.

"I think certain members of the town administration have acted unethically in ignoring the situation for two years," said Guy Jaconelli, of Madison.

Until a long-term solution can be found, the town has turned off the water fountains at both schools and distributed bottled water for cooking and drinking.

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