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Letter to community: Arsenic levels map confusing

The April 2019 Alley page 3 shows a map with a confusing description: “Childhood elevated blood lead, arsenic & asthma per 10,000 people.”

 It should be clarified to show that the arsenic levels were in soil, not blood.  Soil with greater than 95 ppm (or mg/kg) was removed in an extensive project by 2008.     For more information about arsenic, see https://www.mda.state.mn.us/chemicals/spills/incidentresponse/superfund/southmplsressoil

My neighbor”'s yard in Seward was removed and replaced with new soil because of arsenic. I agree that children in Phillips  bear excess burdens of a contaminated environment. Lead remains a major issue because of lead paint and poor removal practices that allowed lead to go into the soil.

Jim Haefemeyer

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