EPA: No major health risks in Cameron, Mo., soil

CAMERON, Mo. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says soil tests in northwest Missouri show elevated levels of arsenic along a former railroad line, but the area won’t be cleaned up because the impact is likely low.

The EPA says tests done in August near a soccer complex near Cameron showed high levels of arsenic in 44 of 115 soil samples. The EPA believes the arsenic came from the railroad industry’s legal use of arsenic-containing pesticides along rail lines.

The EPA’s regional office in Kansas City, Kan., says in a release that the tests show no significant health risks from the contaminated soil because there’s little likelihood of exposure.

The EPA doesn’t plan to remove or replace soils in the area, but has notified property owners and advised them not to disturb the soils.

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