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No immediate health risk at LaSalle Park

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The Environmental Protection Agency released results from a recent soil test at LaSalle Park. The soil samples were taken in several locations in June to find out if the park posed a health risk.

Toxicologists say they found low levels of arsenic that do not pose an immediate health risk to those who visit the park.

The highest level of arsenic was found near a train set in the southwest playground area.

"The reason we believe there is arsenic by this train is that on treated wood lumber," said Environmental Protection Agency Toxicologist Keith Fusinski. "That train is actually on treated wood lumber. They used to use arsenic to pressure treat lumber. Is it bad for your kids? Not unless they're there 24 hours a day."

LaSalle Park was once used as a dump and landfill but the dumping ended in the 19-50s.

Again toxicologists say there is no immediate health risk for those who visit the park.

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