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EPA: Tornado didn’t elevate lead levels

May 16, 2008


— Preliminary tests show that a tornado that struck a Superfund site in northeastern Oklahoma did not raise airborne lead levels enough to create a health risk.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman Tressa Tillman says more testing is being conducted and officials likely will remain in Picher until debris removal is completed.

The tornado Saturday was responsible for seven deaths in the Picher area, where lead and zinc mining once occurred.

Tillman says the EPA found that particulate levels weren't high enough to raise health concerns.

Prolonged exposure to lead can damage nervous systems, particularly in young children.


Ragingbear 9 years, 10 months ago

This report brought to you by the same group that said the air at Ground Zero was safe right after the towers fell.

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