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WILLIAMSPORT, Md. (AP) — Washington County officials say they’ve devised a $1 million plan to capture arsenic-tainted water leaking from an old landfill into Conococheague Creek near the unincorporated community of Huyett.

The Herald-Mail reports that the underground system will collect liquid leaching from the landfill. A county environmental engineer said Thursday that the liquid will then be taken to a wastewater treatment plant.

The Herald-Mail reported in January 2012 that discolored water seeping from the ground into the creek contained arsenic at a level nearly twice as high as the federal standard for drinking water.

The Maryland Department of the Environment has said the tainted liquid posed no threat to public health unless someone drank it directly for a prolonged period.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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