NEW YORK A site in
Kansas' Allen County that was once home to many lead and zinc
smelters will be added to the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agencys Superfund National Priorities List, the EPA
Between 1902 and 1925, Iola,
Kan., was home to the main facility of United Zinc &
Chemical Co., one of several zinc and lead smelting operations
then in the area.
Residential and nonresidential
properties around Iola are contaminated with high levels of
lead, arsenic, cadmium and zinc, which might be associated with
the history of smelting at the site, according to the EPA.
The EPA made its decision to add
the site to the list, which outlines the nations
highest-priority hazardous waste sites scheduled for cleanup
and decontamination, after the governor of Kansas and the mayor
of Iola both submitted letters of support.