City Corridor needs to obtain the lead out

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 2:04 PM

Despite tests going as distant back as two thousand six that showed hazardous levels of lead dust interior the range, executive didn’t near it until December two thousand fourteen.

City Corridor needs to obtain the lead out

Sacramento executive have badly mishandled lead contamination at a city-owned gun range at Mangan Park, failing repeatedly to keep public safety first and foremost.

Despite tests going as distant back as two thousand six that showed hazardous levels of lead dust interior the range, executive didn’t near it until December two thousand fourteen. They still haven’t cleaned the range, merely posted a sign that it was “temporarily closed” and failed to inform park users or nearby residents.

And despite two thousand fourteen test results showing lead had made it exterior to the building’s roof, they didn’t order tests of nearby soil until April one, or of the – that's until after The Sacramento Bee’s Ryan Lillis started making inquiries for a .

When the , they confirmed risky levels of lead immediately exterior the range, on a walkway and in soil. Much to everyone’s relief, tests didn’t discover any lead, or only distant below risky levels, at the playground, picnic area, archery range or pool deck. After announcing the results, the city on Friday keep a chain-link fence around the range.

The city plans a long-overdue community meeting Wednesday to discuss the situation, and is asking a Sacramento County public health official to attend. Executive have a lot to reply for, but first they should reinforce their promise to do everything required to address health and safety.

The following steps will arrive from the county’s , working with state the Dept of Toxic Substances Control. Based on a review of the latest test results, they'll determine on any further testing, define the cleanup map and will oversee the city’s follow-through.

Councilman Jay Schenirer, whose district includes the park on thirty-fourth Ave close Freeport Boulevard, wants as well. Better secure than sorry.

The city blames its unhurried response, in part, on a lack of money for more than $1.7 million in repairs a consultant identified latest year and a recent modify in the parks director. City executive blame their relative silence on a lawsuit filed by a man who claims that he and his family were exposed to lead-contaminated dust between two thousand ten and two thousand fifteen.

But there’s number genuine excuse for exposing anyone to potential harm. Going forward, the city has to do better.

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