published Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation says lead contamination poses no immediate danger


by Cliff Hightower
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    Workers move contaminated soil from the backyard of a home Tuesday morning. A crew from WRS Compass was back to work in Chattanooga on Tuesday to do more lead contamination clean up.
    Photo by Jake Daniels.
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A Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation official said today there is no immediate danger from lead contamination in the Southside.

“The only way this becomes an imminent problem is if you ingest the soil,” Troy Keith, TDEC environmental field officer, told the City Council.

TDEC, along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, briefed the council today about the soil contamination that has been found in Southside along Main Street. Almost 52 houses have been affected and more than 80 tested officials said.

EPA officials speculated the lead came from manufacturing facilities decades ago.

For more information, read tomorrow’s edition of the Times Free Press.

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