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Advocates for clean drinking water say proposed new limits by the state Health Department for chemicals in the water supply that are linked to cancer and other serious illnesses are too high and will lead to serious health problems.

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A group of researchers at Cornell University has developed a new, faster test to determine whether bacteria are present in beach water.

Beaches are supposed to close to swimmers when bacteria levels in the water surpass state limits, but the test in use in most of the Great Lakes region takes 24 hours to return results, leaving swimmers at risk in the meantime, said Ruth Richardson, an engineering professor at Cornell University.