published Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

EPA updates lead cleanup on Southside in Chattanooga

Workers gather up the topsoil in the back yard of The Church on Main. Contractors are digging up the top 6 inches of soil in the yards of many homes south of Main Street in an effort to rid the area of any possible lead contamination.
Workers gather up the topsoil in the back yard of The Church on Main. Contractors are digging up the top 6 inches of soil in the yards of many homes south of Main Street in an effort to rid the area of any possible lead contamination.
Photo by Jake Daniels.

Perry Gaughan, the EPA coordinator for Southside lead cleanup project in Chattanooga, said contractors have completed lead removal on two yards.

Now a tentative work schedule for cleaning another 50 yards is being established.

The work began Sept. 24 after the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation last year received a request from the Tennessee Department of Health to help determine the origin of a lead exposure to a resident in the community.

EPA tested 82 properties in the community and found 52 with various degrees of contamination.

Read more about the situation in Wednesday’s Times Free Press.

about Pam Sohn...

Pam Sohn has been reporting or editing Chattanooga news for 25 years. A Walden’s Ridge native, she began her journalism career with a 10-year stint at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. She came to the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 1999 after working at the Chattanooga Times for 14 years. She has been a city editor, Sunday editor, wire editor, projects team leader and assistant lifestyle editor. As a reporter, she also has covered the police, ...

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