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Public Notice: Newton County Mine Tailings National Priorities List (NPL) Superfund Site, Newton County, Missouri

Publish Date: 01/30/2020


Administrative Record File Available

Removal Actions: Lead Testing for Residential Yards and Private Drinking Water Wells

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 is testing for lead contamination in soil and private, domestic drinking water wells (and for other heavy metals in the water, such as cadmium) at residential properties within the Newton County Mine Tailings National Priorities List (NPL) Superfund Site. This testing is part of two, time-critical EPA Removal Actions that will reduce exposure to lead and other heavy-metal contaminants to protect human health and the environment. EPA’s field support contractor will work with property owners in Newton County to gain access to conduct lead testing. The site is part of the Tri-State Mining District where mining, milling and smelting of lead and zinc ore began in the mid-1800s and continued for more than 100 years.

The Administrative Records are the official site files that contain technical documents with respect to various response actions at this site. EPA has assessed the ability of the public to access the Administrative Records through an internet-based repository and has determined that the local community has this ability. The Administrative Records for this site are available online for anyone with an internet connection or they can be accessed online at your local public library. Please visit EPA’s website (under Site Documents & Data).

Lead and cadmium are toxic metals that are harmful if inhaled or swallowed. Lead is classified by EPA as a probable human carcinogen and is a cumulative toxicant. Lead exposure can pose serious health risks, particularly for young children (7 years old and younger), pregnant women, and nursing mothers. Children 7 years old and younger are most at risk from developing health effects from exposure to lead. For more information about lead health risks and annual childhood lead-testing recommendations, Fact Sheets for the site are available online from Oct. 2018 and July 2018.

Questions or requests for site information can be submitted to:

Elizabeth Kramer
Community Involvement Coordinator
U.S. EPA Region 7 (ORA/OPA)
11201 Renner Boulevard
Lenexa, KS 66219
Toll-free: 1-800-223-0425

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