EPA finds elevated levels of arsenic, copper in soil

16 March 2005 | 11:25 Code : 4815 Geoscience events
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However, the E-P-A does believe the prevalence of arsenic and copper could "increase the potential for health effects over the long term."
Soil tests conducted by the E-P-A have found elevated and potentially toxic levels of arsenic and copper near a mine and smelter.But the agency says the results don't mean people in nearby communities face immediate health risks.

However, the E-P-A does believe the prevalence of arsenic and copper could "increase the potential for health effects over the long term." The federal agency plans more studies of the area's soil, air and water.

The E-P-A's on-scene coordinator is Steven Calanog. He says mining is presumably a factor in explaining the soil test results in the area 60 miles north of Tucson. It's unclear though whether current practices or historical operations are to blame. Calanog says the area's geology may also be naturally high in arsenic. Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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