Shocking results in contaminated soil samples in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Federal Environmental Protection Agency officials say they are scurrying to determine where the high levels of chemicals are located in some Birmingham communities and how to tackle the cleanup.

EPA Superfund officials have been in Birmingham for months testing hundreds of homes, schools, church and parks for potentially dangerous chemicals in the soil.

EPA On-Scene Coordinator Rick Jardine says they are officially finished testing the properties they were given access to and are now waiting for the latest results to come in.

Our investigative team at CBS 42 has obtained the results for hundreds of pieces of property already tested with the personal information protected.

Former Judge U.W. Clemon, a consultant for Birmingham City believes the results show there are a lot of high numbers of chemicals like arsenic, lead and Benzo-a-pyrene and he thinks things aren’t moving fast enough to fix the situation.

Rick Jardine says, “there are about four percent of the parcels sampled that are of greater concern than they would like.”

He goes on to say, “It’s the children we’re concerned about.” Jardine says the EPA is coordinating an effort to test children six years old and under along with pregnant women.

The testing will take place at Harriman Park Community Center July 18 and July 23rd.

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