KDHE says 2013 lead levels higher in Kansas town

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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CHERRYVALE, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas health officials say recent lead level tests among children in a southeast Kansas town were significantly higher than statewide levels.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says tests conducted from 2005 to 2012 showed children tested in Cherryvale had a mean blood lead level of 4.54 micrograms per deciliter. The level for children in Montgomery County was 3.17, and the state was 2.49. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the national average was 1.3 from 2007-2010.

The analysis doesn't address the source of the elevated levels.

The National Zinc Company mine in Cherryvale has been closed for years and has been the subject of a cleanup. The KDHE is also investigating reports that waste from the site has been found around the town.

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