The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will place air monitors in Treece, Kan., in September to test for lead and other metals.



This action is a direct response to citizen concerns about air quality shared during a recent tour and listening session held at Treece City Hall.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will place air monitors in Treece, Kan., in September to test for lead and other metals.

This action is a direct response to citizen concerns about air quality shared during a recent tour and listening session held at Treece City Hall.

The monitors will be used to sample for lead and other heavy metals. The samples from each monitor will be evaluated and, in turn, form the basis of a summary report that describes the air concentration. After the evaluation, results will be available on EPA's website, along with historic air monitoring from Treece, and the other Cherokee County subsites.

Previous air monitoring was discontinued years ago when results showed no levels above National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

The EPA, in coordination with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Cherokee County Health Department, also will conduct blood-lead screenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 8 and 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 9 at Treece City Hall.

For additional information about the EPA's role in the Treece community, or for inquiries about any other lead-related Superfund activities in Region 7, visit the EPA's Web site at www.epa.gov/region7.