Lead in playgrounds at Miami schools

Wednesday, June 19th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Residents in Miami have gotten some important and alarming numbers concerning lead contamination.

Researchers have been testing school playgrounds for poisoning from the Tar Creek Superfund area. The EPA and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality say their study shows high lead levels on Miami school property, including Nichols Elementary School.

Miami School superintendent, Bill Stephens, "Our kids are in danger and we want to get it taken care of. Mike McAteer with the EPA: "The chat the lead contaminated material has been picked up and moved around the county, so basically the whole county is our area of study.”

Environmentalists have already sampled the soil at area schools across Miami. Now they will try to repair the damage before classes start back up this fall.