The St. Louis Post Dispatch is reporting that lead from mines in St. Francois County, Missouri may have seeped into the Meramec River and have traveled to the confluence of the Meramec River and Big River, near Eureka Missouri. The Big River flows along a curvy path and regularly overflows its banks. The EPA plans to test 256 residential properties by midsummer for elevated levels of lead. However, nearly 2000 residentially zoned properties sit in the flood plain. Lead contamination in Jefferson and St. Francois Counties date back to lead mining operations starting in 1818.
There is no known safe level of lead in the body. Even at small doses, lead can cause developmental delays, loss of IQ points and other problems. The loss of IQ points due to lead exposure is permanent even after the lead is excreted from the body.
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