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Councilman James hosts Community Meeting to update residents on test results near Black Leaf

Friday January 3, 2014

For Immediate Release:
Democratic Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville – Councilman David James (D-6) will host an important meeting for those who near or around the closed Black Leaf Chemical site in the Park Hill area who have participated in medical testing connected with the removal of contaminated soil from the area.

“I want to make sure everyone who has concerns about Black Leaf is updated on where we are with the recent medical testing,” says James. “This is an important meeting for anyone who took advantage of the medical testing we provided last year.”

The Black Leaf Community Meeting is set for Saturday, January 11th from 10:00am to 11:30pm at the California Community Center, 1600 West St. Catherine Street.

Joining James at the meeting will be Dr. Mathews Cave of the U of L School of Medicine and Lark Reynolds, U of L Research Coordinator. They will review the medical data from testing funding by District 6 Neighborhood Development Funds. Lauren Heberle from the Center for Environmental Policy and Management will facilitate the discussion.

Over the summer, at least 69 homes were designated as eligible for cleanup as a result of EPA soil contamination testing with the goal of soil removal.

“Removing the soil is very important in this situation and I believe it is just as important to see what effects the Black Leaf site have had on the people who were living near the site,” said James. “If you were one of those who was tested this is the way to find where we go from here. Come to the meeting and learn more about where we go from here.”

For more information about the Black Leaf Community Meeting on January 11th, contact Councilman James’ office at 574-1106.

David James (D) 6