Montgomery Co. neighbors urged to limit time outside after arsenic discovery

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - People who live along a rural road in Montgomery County have some major concerns after testing done by the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed high levels of arsenic in the ground.

State leaders are asking families living on Long Lane in Montgomery County to limit their time outside until initial sampling is complete.

The area is located along Long Lane, off U.S. 460.

On Friday, the department notified neighbors of significant levels of arsenic and other heavy metals that were in the ground. According to the department, the arsenic comes from wood treatment preservatives from an old Southern Wood Treatment Company that used to operate in that area. That company, neighbors say, closed in the mid-1990's.

When people moved onto the property, they say the owners of the wood company assured them everything was disposed of properly. Nearly 20 years later, residents are learning that may not be the case.

"I had had concerns there might be something wrong simply because lots of things wouldn't grow. They just wouldn't grow," said Kathleen Shearer, who lives on Long Lane. "And I'd even said several times over the years, maybe I ought to have somebody come here to check the soil."

A representative with the Department for Environmental Protection says a crew is mowing grass to help them get a better idea of where to start clean up.

State leaders are asking families living on Long Lane to limit their time outside until initial sampling is complete.

According to the World Health Organization, long-term exposure to arsenic can cause cancer and skin lesions. It has also been associated with developmental effects, cardiovascular disease, neurotoxicity and diabetes.

County leaders told WKYT they plan to meet with department representatives and everyone living on Long Lane Tuesday.



 
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