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.
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Cliff has worked for the Times Free Press for five years and covers Chattanooga city government. He previously covered Rhea County, as well as transportation and growth and development in Southeast Tennessee. A native of Maryville, Tenn., Cliff graduated in 2003 from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis on journalism. Before coming to Chattanooga, he was a crime reporter with Hernando Today, a supplement of The Tampa (Fla.) ...