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EPA Works with Residents after Arsenic and Lead found in Soil

Updated: Wednesday, July 16 2014, 02:28 PM CDT

HEGELER -- 60 years after Hegeler Zinc ceased operations just south of Danville the EPA is asking residents what they think should be done about the contaminated soil at the site and residential areas nearby.

A 100 acre site in the area was used as a zinc smelting facility some 6 decades ago, and according to the EPA, the site and residential soil nearby are contaminated with arsenic and lead as a result.

There are 109 properties in the residential area near the site.

Not every lot has been tested but so far 27 properties show high levels of lead and 4 show high levels of arsenic according to the EPA.

Now residents are receiving letters with an update.

One resident says he found what he believes to be slag, which develops through the burning process and contains lead and arsenic residue, on his property.

The EPA is holding a public meeting to discuss the clean-up on Thursday, July 24th at 6:30 at the David S. Palmer arena in Danville.

The EPA is recommending an option that would excavate the contaminated soil and replace it with clean soil.

The cost is estimated at over five million dollars.

EPA Works with Residents after Arsenic and Lead found in Soil

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