High Lead Levels in Parks Raise Concern
PARK HILLS (AP) - Lead contamination has long been a concern in the region of Missouri known as the Old Lead Belt. Now there is another reason for worry.
Testing by the Environmental Protection Agency shows that 11 of the 12 city parks in the region around Park Hills have elevated lead levels. The Park Hills Journal reports that the EPA recently tested parks in Desloge, Park Hills and Bonne Terre. In six of the parks, elevated lead levels were found in the children's play areas.
High levels of lead in children can affect learning, IQ and memory, and the toxic metal can cause a variety of health ailments in adults.