(KMOV) – An old problem is causing new concerns about high levels of lead at several schools. Federal authorities are identifying and cleaning up contaminates soil in the “old lead belt” communities of Bonne Terre, Desloge, Park Hills and Farmington.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency his working to remove dangerously high levels of lead in twenty schools in St. Francois County.
Many parents say they knew nothing of the lead problems.
The superintendent of Farmington says she sent out a letter with every child on Monday regarding the lead, and says she was not aware of any lead on school grounds until Friday.
Lead can cause problems with hearing and learning, and it can also damage the kidneys. An investigation will be conducted at 11 other schools in the coming months.