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Councilman James hosts Community Meeting for Residents near Black Leaf to discuss health testing

Friday July 26, 2013

For Immediate Release:
Democratic Caucus
Louisville Metro Councuil
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622
              
Louisville – In his continuing effort to help residents who live around or near the closed Black Leaf Chemical site in the Park Hill area, Councilman David James (D-6) announces a community meeting will be held to let those residents know about proposed medical testing for exposure.

“The EPA is in the beginning stages of preparing to remove contaminated soil at more than 60 properties surrounding Black Leaf site,” says James. “Many residents have asked me what about human exposure to chemicals? I am taking steps to make medical testing available to them.”

The Black Leaf Community Meeting is set for Thursday, August 1st from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at the California Community Center, 1600 West St. Catherine Street.

James is sponsoring the meeting which will feature Dr. Mathews Cave of the U of L School of Medicine and Lark Reynolds, U of L Research Coordinator. They will discuss proposed medical testing. Lauren Heberle from the Center for Environmental Policy and Management will facilitate the discussion.

At least 69 homes have been designated as eligible for cleanup as a result of EPA soil contamination testing. A proposed plan calls for removal of the contaminated soil and replacement with fresh soil. The process is expected to begin sometime in early August.

“While the properties in the area are being taken care of, we must also remember the concerns of the people who lived on those properties,” says James. “I want to make sure people have access to testing for exposure if they need and I plan to use Neighborhood Development Funds to offset the costs.”

For more information about the Black Leaf Community Meeting on August 1st, contact Councilman James office at 574-1106.

Sponsor:
David james (D) 6