More lead found in Southside soil - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

More lead found in Southside soil

Perry Gaughan (L) of the EPA and Troy Keith (R) from TDEC update the Chattanooga City Council on efforts to remove lead from Southside soil. Perry Gaughan (L) of the EPA and Troy Keith (R) from TDEC update the Chattanooga City Council on efforts to remove lead from Southside soil.

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- More Southside properties could be affected by dangerous levels of lead. While top soil removal continues at more than 50 residences along Mitchell and Reed Avenues and Carr Street, representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Department of Environment Conservation told the Chattanooga City Council, Tuesday, that at least 20 additional problem properties have been identified in other Southside neighborhoods.

Perry Gaughan of the EPA and Troy Keith from TDEC said they still do not know the cause or source of the dangerous levels of lead. They have discovered it is contained in the top 6-10 inches of soil and does not appear to be underneath houses. The tainted topsoil is, however underneath an alley which was paved in the 1960's. Some of the oldest homes were constructed just before 1905. These two dates give them some idea of a span of time when the dirt could have been moved into the area.

The lawns of more then 80 Southside properties were sampled in the current abatement phase. Some 52 were found to contain lead 400 to 900 parts per million with some spiking toward 1,200 PPM. The cut-off for safety in the Southeast is 400 parts per million. Found directly beneath the dark layer of contaminated soil is red clay. Its lead level measures around 60 PPM.

Other areas have been surveyed with at least 20 other problem sites coming to light. Councilwoman Sally Robinson tells Channel 3 the bad soil seems to be confined to a the section of the Southside bordered by Main Street to the ridge and 21st Street to the river. The leaded soil at the additional sites will be taken care of in phase 2 of the Superfund Cleanup lead by the EPA.

Councilwoman Robinson has called a meeting of the Housing and Public Safety Committee for mid-December to keep city leaders and residents fully informed of progress and any potential hazards. The meeting will be set for either 12/11 or 12/18. Stay with WRCBtv.com for the latest.

  • NewsMore>>

  • UPDATE: Plane crash victim identified, FAA investigating

    UPDATE: Plane crash victim identified, FAA investigating

    Monday, April 23 2018 3:33 PM EDT2018-04-23 19:33:26 GMT
    Photo by Channel 3 viewer.Photo by Channel 3 viewer.

    At this time the identity of the pilot has not been released and what caused the crash is under investigation.

    More

    At this time the identity of the pilot has not been released and what caused the crash is under investigation.

    More
  • Suspected gunman in Waffle House mass shooting arrested

    Suspected gunman in Waffle House mass shooting arrested

    Sunday, April 22 2018 5:55 AM EDT2018-04-22 09:55:32 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 3:22 PM EDT2018-04-23 19:22:05 GMT
    Travis Reinking was arrested at 1:07 p.m. in Antioch. (Source: Metro Nashville PD)Travis Reinking was arrested at 1:07 p.m. in Antioch. (Source: Metro Nashville PD)

    The suspected gunman, 29-year-old Travis Reinking, was arrested Monday afternoon, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department.

    More

    The suspected gunman, 29-year-old Travis Reinking, was arrested Monday afternoon, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department.

    More
  • 'It was life or death,' says man who snatched gunman's AR-15

    'It was life or death,' says man who snatched gunman's AR-15

    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:15 PM EDT2018-04-23 03:15:12 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 3:27 PM EDT2018-04-23 19:27:47 GMT
    (Larry McCormack/The Tennessean via AP). James Shaw Jr., shows his hand that was injured when he disarmed a shooter inside a Waffle House on Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.   A gunman stormed the Waffle House restaurant and shot several peo...(Larry McCormack/The Tennessean via AP). James Shaw Jr., shows his hand that was injured when he disarmed a shooter inside a Waffle House on Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. A gunman stormed the Waffle House restaurant and shot several peo...
    The man who wrestled the gun away from the Nashville's Waffle House shooting suspect says he decided if he was to die, gunman would "have to work to kill me.".More
    The man who wrestled the gun away from the Nashville's Waffle House shooting suspect says he decided if he was to die, gunman would "have to work to kill me.".More
Powered by Frankly