Health officials want to test 100 Minneapolis kids for arsenic

  • November 19, 2007 - 7:38 PM

The Minnesota Department of Health has proposed measuring arsenic levels in 100 children who live near a former pesticide production site in south Minneapolis.

Arsenic-containing pesticides were made and stored at the CMC Heartland site between 1938 and 1963. The site is a 5-acre triangular lot between 28th Street and Hiawatha Avenue on the south and east and railroad tracks and a warehouse to the west.

The project would help to determine whether children in south Minneapolis have elevated levels of arsenic in their bodies. For those found to have elevated levels, their parents or guardians would be advised to seek medical attention.

Also, families would be given information to help them determine how they might be exposed to arsenic (including the soil, green-treated lumber, foods, dietary supplements and cigarette smoke) and to take steps to reduce the exposure in the future.

Health Department staff members will present preliminary plans for carrying out the project and accept feedback on the proposal at a public meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Midtown YWCA at 2121 E. Lake St.

Health officials have said that the risk from the contaminated soil is low, particularly since much of the contaminated soil is under grass or other vegetation.


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