In an article highlighting the possible drawbacks of geothermal heating systems, the PPH reports Westbrook Middle School is one of only six operators of the alternative heating apparatus who've registered with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, thereby satisfying the requirements of federal and state laws.
State officials estimate there are about 500 geothermal units statewide, so the school--which is currently under construction on Stroudwater Street--is one of the 0.01% who've fulfilled the state's registration requirements.
The piece points out registration and oversight of the geothermal heating systems is sought by state officials because of concerns that they may contaminate groundwater or private water wells.
- John C.L. Morgan