High lead, arsenic levels in soil not risky

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 | 8:17 a.m. CDT; updated 9:51 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 31, 2009

CAMERON — Tests show that high lead and arsenic levels found in soil samples taken from the site of an old plant in northwest Missouri do not pose a risk to the health of the general public.

The Environmental Protection Agency report on Monday follows its latest effort to find the cause of numerous brain tumors near Cameron. Four weeks ago, gray sludge was found in a trench that crews dug at the former Rockwool Industries site.

The report said tests conducted at the EPA's regional office in Kansas City, Kan., detected lead and arsenic at levels of potential health concern. But officials say that the high levels do not pose any major health concerns to most people.

Only those coming into direct contract with the material would be at risk.

Earlier soil and water testing at the site failed to uncover a link to the tumors.


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