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Del. town replaces wells because of chemicals

Monday - 4/8/2013, 2:40pm  ET

SELBYVILLE, Del. (AP) -- Delaware officials have removed two wells from a Sussex County town after tests revealed the presence of chemicals used as an additive in gasoline.

One of the wells in Selbyville displayed chemical levels above the state-mandated limit, though it hadn't been used in nearly two years. The Daily Times of Salisbury ( ) reports that Delaware Office of Drinking Water moved to replace the wells.

Town Administrator Robert Dickerson says one well is completely free of the chemicals, known as Methyl Teritary Butyl Ether. The other is well below the legal limit.

He says the town doesn't want the chemical in the drinking water supply, but that it's been present at such a low level that it's hard to detect.

The town hasn't begun using the new wells.


Information from: The Daily Times of Salisbury, Md.,

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