EPA In Town

About a year ago, the Tennessee Department Of Environment And Conservation (TDEC)  conducted tests for ground contamination on properties on West Broadway and all around the old car works site. TDEC also offered lead testing for people living around the site.

The results of the ground test were not good. At least not if you live in the area. According to TDEC, lead levels in some yards exceed EPA established safe levels and therefore could pose an increased health risk from bare soil. It is recommended washing the face, hands and feet thoroughly after working or playing in the yard to lessen the health risk. Also no fruit or vegetables grown in the yard should be eaten.

Now the EPA, United States Environmental Protection Agency, is returning to the area for more tests. Home owners in the area have received letters stating in part, "The EPA is investigating the release or threat of release of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants in the Broadway Street vicinity." They are asking property owners to allow them to come on their properties to conduct the tests.

For years, the property known as the old car works property in the heart of Lenoir City has been the subject of a lot of concern due to some serious contamination that took place on the site for many years. At one time the site was even included on the federal super fund list. The 100 acre site was a foundry producing train wheels and other heavy train equipment for decades.

The EPA tests are scheduled to begin June 22nd.