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Lead factories leave dangerous poisons, years later

ATLANTA -- According to a 14-month investigative report released by USA Today on Thursday, "the EPA and state regulators left thousands of families and children in harm's way, doing little to assess the danger around many of the more than 400 potential lead smelter locations on a list compiled by a researcher from old industry directories and given to the EPA in 2001".

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Ealeanor Malone lives across from the former Evans Metal, which used to melt down lead and other metals. The Environmental Protection Agency found soil on the edge of the property with almost three times the legal limit but hasn't cleaned it up because the land is overgrown. 

According to Malone, the research doesn't surprise her. "I don't think they test unless someone makes them," she said about the EPA.

In a statement written to 11Alive News, the EPA promises to "re-evalute any sites where new information suggests that there may be a public health issue." 

However, Malone continues doubt the EPA's vigilance and believes she should be able to "trust the government to check for things that may be unsafe."


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