Friday, March 6, 2009

EPA finds elevated arsenic, lead levels in North Whitehall Pennsylvania

March 3, 2009 - Residents in six areas of North Whitehall are living with levels of arsenic and lead in their yards that are about five times higher than the average of nearby areas, U.S. EPA fficials said Monday.

Soil samples collected August to December from 81 residential properties that were once part of Mohr Orchard had an average arsenic concentration of 49 parts per million and average lead levels of 308 parts per million, said Ruth Scharr, an on-scene coordinator for the EPA.

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