CDC: Don’t drink the groundwater near the Lincoln Park/Cotter Mill superfund site

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Here’s a report from Tracy Harmon writing for The Pueblo Chieftain. From the article:

Prolonged drinking of contaminated private well water, over several years, may have put some Lincoln Park people at risk for health problems, however, breathing air around the site was not found to be a health hazard, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study found that consuming the molybdenum-contaminated water for many years could put residents at increased risk for certain health effects including gout or other joint problems. Most people in Lincoln Park are now on the public water supply and are not exposed to the contaminant, according to the report. “However, some residents may still have operational private wells. These residents should have their wells tested, and if they are contaminated, they should stop using well water for household purposes such as drinking, cooking or bathing,” according to a statement issued Thursday by Vivi Abrams of the CDC.

Lincoln Park residents also should limit their use of contaminated well water to irrigate vegetables. Exposure to molybdenum through locally grown vegetables irrigated with private well water is not thought to be at levels that would harm people’s health, however, as a precaution the vegetables should be thoroughly cleaned prior to eating them.

Other findings in the report concluded that accidentally eating or touching soil and sediment near the Cotter Mill property or in Lincoln Park will not harm people’s health. Air emissions of particle-bound radionuclides have not resulted in exposures to the public at levels that could cause adverse health effects, according to the report.

Federal health officials will conduct two open houses for the public from noon to 2 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Holy Cross Abbey, 2951 E. U.S. 50. Public comment on the report will be accepted until Nov. 9.

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