Senator Jerry Moran addresses Salina lead concerns

June 30, 2016

Salina residents brought several concerns to Senator Jerry Moran at a town hall meeting, things ranging from veteran care to lead in Saline County.
“An issue worth significant attention, we need to find out what the facts are.”

That’s also what health officials are trying to do after more than thirty kids in the county tested high for lead.

“We don’t know the nature of the problem, we don’t know what the extent of it is, if you are a parent and have a kid with high lead levels, it’s serious to you.”

Since the investigation began last month, officials with the health department and The Kansas Department of Health and Environment have been trying to figure out where the lead is coming from. So far, the health department has offered free lead screenings, and tested nearly four hundred people.The KDHE says it’s also testing the water in homes with impacted families.

“The answer now is, from what we know, that they are going to contract out with a lab to get the results back more quickly.”

The KDHE says it’s funding those water tests and is doing everything it can to contact those impacted and ask them to participate in the testing.The health department says funding is a concern, once a source of the lead is found, more resources may be needed to correct it.
“There are programs in place for housing rehabilitation that allows for assistance of removal of lead paint, if that turns out to be the issue here.”

Senator Moran says there are programs that can help, but we need to find out where it’s coming from first.

“We will do everything we can to make sure the resources are there.”

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