Montgomery County residents under state of emergency due to arsenic

Published: Dec. 23, 2016 at 5:12 AM EST
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Governor Matt Bevin has declared a state of emergency for some residents in Montgomery County.

, it was declared yesterday, several months after health officials found "extremely high levels" of arsenic in a neighborhood on Long Lane in Montgomery County.

The arsenic is reported to have come from wood treatment preservatives from the Southern Wood Treatment Company, which no longer operates in the area.

The Secretary of State's office says those high arsenic levels were found in several properties on Long Lane, as well as children's playgrounds and an above-ground swimming pool.

The Energy and Environment Cabinet conducted the testing in August after they became aware people were living on the site.

Crews completed excavation work in the area. They are now working to fill the site with new dirt.

Governor Bevin has also authorized the mobilization of the Kentucky National Guard to help with the cleanup and ordered the Finance and Administration Cabinet to fund the costs. Workers at the scene said they did not anticipate the National Guard needing to come to the scene.

The state has offered families in that area money to relocate and WKYT reported in September that all but one family accepted the offer.

Several of those residents have also filed a lawsuit against the company.

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