| by Scott Thistle

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Gail Carlson testified at a public hearing on a bill before the Maine legislature to incentivize testing of well water for contaminants, including arsenic. The Portland Press Herald and Maine Public both covered the Health and Human Services Committee hearing and cited Carlson. “Carlson detailed the impacts of arsenic poisoning in her testimony, noting it was a known carcinogen linked to bladder, lung, and skin cancers,” the Press Herald reported April 7. In answering a lawmaker’s question about mitigation, Carlson said, “You can do a tap filter, an under-the-sink filter or a whole house filter, which of course would be the gold standard, but those cost thousands of dollars,” Maine Public reported.