MT. STERLING, Ky. (WTVQ) – People in Montgomery County living near a site contaminated by arsenic have hired a Louisville law firm.
The Lexington Herald-Leader says the Cooper & Friedman law firm is representing those who live on Long Lane in Mount Sterling.
Last week contractors began removing and replacing soil on the site that was a wood processing plant decades ago. Arsenic was used in the preservation process.
Higher than normal concentrations of arsenic were detected in tests on the land.
Samples of toenail clippings were taken from residents last week to determine their exposure levels
Information from the Lexington Herald-Leader
8/30/16 3:42 p.m.
Tests are being run on soil off a rural road in Montgomery County after arsenic was discovered where an old mill once stood.
“Generally speaking, in terms of safety, don’t dig in the dirt obviously and try to keep that off of you,” says one official with the Environmental Protection Agency.
The agency says more than 20-years ago a wood treatment plant operated on the grounds. Upon closing, the buildings were torn down but drums and tanks were buried. The EPA says that’s improper disposal.
While the agency says the arsenic is under the soil, and the only risk would be in digging, it’s still advising residents in the area to be cautious when outside.
As for health risks, the health department in Montgomery County shares symptoms of Acute Arsenic Poisoning like severe diarrhea, confusion, and headaches. It says if you’re experiencing these, seek medical attention.