Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

February 26, 2003

3 county schools damaged by storm set to reopen today

For the first time since Feb. 14, all Anne Arundel County public schools were expected to open today, school officials said.

The three schools that were closed yesterday because of storm damage - Severn River and Magothy River middle schools, in Arnold, and Marley Elementary School, in Glen Burnie - have been cleared to open, school spokesman Michael Walsh said.

The roof collapsed Saturday on the building that houses Severn River and Magothy River middle schools.

Legislation would help pay for radium-tainted wells

A bill that would help some families pay to treat their radium-tainted wells passed the House of Delegates yesterday by a vote of 133 to 3.

Under the proposal, the county and state would combine to pay up to one-quarter of the cost of radium-treatment systems, which cost $800 to $3,000.

The legislation, which is co-sponsored by 11 Anne Arundel delegates, is intended largely to help families near Pasadena, where some estimate that more than 6,000 wells have unsafe levels of the radioactive metal. Radium, which occurs naturally in rocks that line some aquifers, has been linked to bone cancer. The bill, which will move to the Senate, would create a three-year pilot program.

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