Environmental issues concern Norwood parents

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Parents in the Norwood community just north of Birmingham are hoping to change the course of action that has lead to their school closing.

The Birmingham School Board of Education, facing money problems, has chosen to close some schools in the city.  Students from Norwood Elementary School will be going to Lewis Elementary School.

Concerned Norwood residents say Lewis is in an industrialized area and they believe the kids would be put at risk.

Robert Gilmore says, “It’s right down Finley Ave.  Trucks pass all the time right next to a Brownsfield site and old Sloss site.  ACIPCO is just a couple of blocks away.”

Our investigative team at CBS 42 has been reporting on contamination concerns in North Birmingham for more than two years with our Deadly Deception reports.

We hired an expert to test soil near Lewis Elementary and the results showed concerning levels of lead and arsenic, but were not at clean up values.

Our expert, Shaun Crawford, did find some of the highest concentrations of lead levels in the neighborhoods right around Lewis.

Of twenty six samples he took, twelve registered lead levels between 200 and 400 parts per million, knocking on the door of cleanup values.

Norwood Elementary’s principal Jeanette Watters thinks a neighborhood school is important. “We have families, young families moving back into this neighborhood that have children, lots of children.”

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