BONNE TERRE, MO. (KMOX) – The E.P.A. is suggesting parents in St. Francois county have their children’s blood tested for lead.

The agency is already cleaning up lead waste at a number of schools, and now Spokesman Chris Whitley says there are new concerns.

“We found in a soil sampling effort that involved eleven parks and a soccer field that ten of those eleven parks have elevated levels of lead” said Whitley.

Those parks include Bicentennial Park, Bonne Terre City Park, Diamond Drill Park and Lakeview Park, all in Bonne Terre; Desloge City park in Desloge; and Columbia Park, The Elvin’s Park, Lewis Street Lions Park; Park Hills Veteran’s Park and Seventh Street Park, all in Park Hills. 

Of the eleven parks that the E.P.A. tested , only Miner’s Park in Bonne Terre tested below 400 Parts Per Million for lead in the soil.

He says they found six of those parks to exceed 800 parts-per-million, which would mandate that the soil be replaced.  

The E.P.A. estimates over one-hundred square miles of St. Francois County contains lead waste,  the remnants of old mines.

Copyright KMOX Radio


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