The Department of Health and Environmental Control
Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control say that blood and urine samples taken to test for lead and arsenic in residents living in the Edisto Court area have come back normal.
The testing was done after DHEC announced that soil surrounding the Seaco plant in Columbia was contaminated by a fertilizer plant that operated on the same ground 100 years ago and generated waste with high levels of lead and arsenic.
Mark Plowden, Communications Director for DHEC says, "We were very pleased to find that all of the sample results fell within the normal range, and present no cause for additional medical examination at this time. DHEC is contacting each resident who was tested individually, and providing contact information for those wanting to discuss their results further."
Environmental testing showed that there is still elevated levels of lead and arsenic in the soil in some areas in the Edisto Court Community and officials at DHEC ask for those in the affected community to follow these recommendation to reduce exposure to soil in the area:
• Wash your hands before eating or sleeping
• Wash your hands after playing or working in the yard
• Do not let children eat dirt
• Limit the amount of dust entering your home by keeping windows and doors closed
• Use a damp mop instead of sweeping inside
• Wipe off window sills, table tops and other surfaces that children can reach or that are used for eating
• When mowing the lawn, avoid running the mower over patches of dirt - or wet down dirt areas prior to mowing