EPA collects more soil samples in Cameron

Thursday, August 26, 2010 | 4:00 p.m. CDT; updated 7:03 p.m. CDT, Sunday, September 26, 2010

CAMERON — The Environmental Protection Agency has collected more soil samples in an ongoing investigation into concerns about health problems in northwest Missouri.

The agency collected the samples Tuesday at a soccer complex near the site of a former industrial rail spur in south Cameron. EPA spokesman Chris Whitley said it will be about two months before test results are available.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that the location is of interest because ore and raw materials once were offloaded from trains there. The materials were then hauled to a former Rockwool Industries facility.

The EPA and Missouri Department of Natural Resources began investigating two years ago after concerns arose in four northwest Missouri counties about what some believed was an abnormally high number of health problems, including brain tumors.

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