Mon., March 12, 2012 7:45am (EDT)

County Seeks Help With Contamination
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 2 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
Development officials in Middle Georgia are racing to finish a grant application by April. The Middle Georgia Regional Commission is trying to help homeowners whose water might be making them sick.

Recent testing found some residents of Monroe County have unusually high levels of uranium and radon in their wells. The Commission is applying for a federal block grant to help get the residents off wells and hooked up to public water lines.

The Commission’s Chan Layson says residents might not be eligible for help from the 8 million dollar project because their incomes are above federal limits.

“We have to make a really strong case that, Hey you have an emergency out here. This is a, this is basically a state of emergency is the application that I’m trying to put forth.”

The state is in the middle of surveying Monroe County residents about their health. Uranium in water can cause kidney problems and radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.