|The Brunswick News
A federal health agency has found elevated
traces of lead in the Arco community and is recommending that
preschool-aged children be tested for poisoning.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease
Registry, an offshoot of the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, found the elevated traces of lead in an unoccupied property at
the LCP Chemicals Superfund site.
The discovery stems from soil sampling conducted
in the area last November.
In a release Tuesday, the agency said its
scientists, after reviewing the unoccupied property, found "lead in the
soil there could cause health problems in preschool children should the
property be occupied."
Lead levels found in soil in other areas of Arco
"were not at levels high enough to cause health problems," the agency's
Still, the agency is recommending blood lead
testing for all preschool-aged children in Arco, regardless of their
proximity to the unoccupied property.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is
hosting a meeting with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease
Registry from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Selden Park gymnasium, 3401
Ross Road. Both agencies will make presentations on the findings and
take questions from the public.