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Study Finds Arsenic Under Fairfield Roads

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- A study by the Environmental Protection Agency has found dangerously high levels of arsenic in the soil under Fairfield's roads.

The study was conducted in December. In some cases the amount of arsenic found was 10 times higher than considered safe under EPA standards.

But city officials say there's no local money to fix the problem. City councilman Wayne Taylor says Fairfield is also low on federal government priority lists for assistance.

The arsenic is present because construction crews used soil mixed with tailings from the Manning Canyon gold mine as a base for building roads.

Fairfield Mayor Lynn Gillies says the E-P-A will continue testing this summer. Monitors will track the amount of dust in the air because long-term exposure to arsenic dusts poses a health threat.


Information from: The Daily Herald,

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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