Environmental agencies say soil poses slight risk

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Environmental specialists say lead contamination in a Chattanooga neighborhood poses only a slight danger to residents.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation have a remediation program under way in the Southside neighborhood. Officials said elevated levels of lead were found in the soil at 52 homes among 82 homes that were tested.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported officials of both environmental agencies updated the City Council on Tuesday. In response to Councilman Jack Benson's question about how great the danger is, EPA emergency responder Perry Gaugan said children are the most-affected by lead. Gaugan said children at the affected homes should be tested for lead poisoning as a precaution.

Officials explained how they are hauling away contaminated soil and trucking in safe topsoil

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