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Are Old Mines Contaminating New Neighborhoods with Toxins?


LA Testing provides soil testing services to ensure construction projects on inactive or abandoned mine sites are not creating future environmental hazards for the homeowners.

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Recently there was an article in the Independent Record about a subdivision that was about to be approved by state and county officials in Montana without consideration of reports of contaminated soils. The proposed subdivision in question was being built on land that had been part of mine and arsenic and lead has been reported to be in high levels on the land.

In Montana alone there are an estimated 6,000 abandoned or inactive mine and milling sites across the state. Many of these locations were used as mines when there were few regulations to prevent or minimize soil contamination. Due to this fact, many of these sites are contaminated with lead, arsenic, mercury, zinc, cadmium and a host of other materials and heavy metals.

The article discusses the Franklin Mine, which is where the developer wants to construct 33 homes on 325 acres. According to the article, “DEQ samples on the site in 1993 showed lead at up to 7,000 parts per million (ppm) and arsenic at 223 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg). Under federal law, soil with lead levels higher than 400 ppm in residential subdivisions needs to be removed; the state action level for arsenic in the soils is 40 mg/kg.”

LA Testing, an affiliate of EMSL Analytical and a leading provider of environmental and soil testing services, has extensive experience providing testing solutions at old mine sites to ensure people are protected from exposure to heavy metals. “Developers of land at old mine sites need to be aware of the potential for health hazards due to the land’s prior use,” reported Ben Sublasky, National Director of Client Services for LA Testing and EMSL Analytical. "Soil testing can quickly provide the necessary information about heavy metal or other types of contamination.”

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