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Contamination in Montana park; highest in kids’ sand box

May 25, 2017 GMT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Tests have found elevated levels of arsenic and lead in the children’s sandbox at a Montana town’s city park.

The tests conducted at the Benny Goodman Park in Anaconda found that the contamination was well above levels the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe.

Anaconda-Deer Lodge County released the test sampling to The Montana Standard (http://bit.ly/2qnFkmJ ) on Wednesday.

Only four of the 55 test pits in the park were clean.

The area where the arsenic level was the highest in the park was the sandbox.

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EPA is planning to remediate about 1,000 properties in Anaconda for excessive toxic metals in the soil thought to be caused by a copper smelter.

Atlantic Richfield Co., which shut down the smelter in 1980, has offered to replace the contaminated sand with new sand.

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Information from: The Montana Standard, http://www.mtstandard.com