Black Leaf Chemical http://wfpl.org en Black Leaf Testing Results for Heavy Metals Mostly Normal, But Questions Remain http://wfpl.org/post/black-leaf-testing-results-heavy-metals-mostly-normal-questions-remain <p>Blood and urine tests on residents living near the former Black Leaf Chemical plant <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/198846209/Black-Leaf-Handout" target="_blank">show mostly normal levels of two heavy metals</a>. But there are still many unanswered questions.</p><p>Last year, University of Louisville researchers tested 53 people living near the Black Leaf site for lead and arsenic. The overall results show only two of those people had abnormal levels of arsenic in their urine, and none had abnormal levels of lead in their blood.</p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 17:48:06 +0000 Erica Peterson 8210 at http://wfpl.org Black Leaf Testing Results for Heavy Metals Mostly Normal, But Questions Remain Officials Hope Clean Up at Homes Near Black Leaf Plant Will Be Finished by End of Year http://wfpl.org/post/officials-hope-clean-homes-near-black-leaf-plant-will-be-finished-end-year <p>State and federal crews are making progress cleaning up homes contaminated by the old Black Leaf Chemical plant in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood.</p><p>The Black Leaf plant was home to many companies during the 20th century, including several that produced pesticides. In 2011, high levels of heavy metals and pesticides were discovered in the site’s soil. Later, residential testing revealed the dangerous chemicals had migrated to nearby homes.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 19:07:21 +0000 Erica Peterson 7712 at http://wfpl.org Officials Hope Clean Up at Homes Near Black Leaf Plant Will Be Finished by End of Year Residential Cleanup Near Black Leaf Site is Underway http://wfpl.org/post/residential-cleanup-near-black-leaf-site-underway <p>Cleanup has begun at 44 houses near the former <a href="http://wfpl.org/term/black-leaf-chemical" target="_blank">Black Leaf Chemical Plant </a>in Louisville.&nbsp;</p><p>On Wilson Avenue, heavy machinery digs up dirt in the backyard of a home. Crews hired by the state and federal governments are removing the soil in 44 backyards that have showed high levels of heavy metals and pesticides. These houses abut the former Black Leaf Chemical plant, and regulators believe that’s where most of this contamination came from.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:19:18 +0000 Erica Peterson 6520 at http://wfpl.org Residential Cleanup Near Black Leaf Site is Underway Cleanup Begins This Week on Contaminated Homes Near Black Leaf Site http://wfpl.org/post/cleanup-begins-week-contaminated-homes-near-black-leaf-site <p>Cleanup begins this week on forty-four homes near the former Black Leaf Chemical Plant in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood.</p><p>The Black Leaf plant was home to many companies during the 20<sup>th</sup> century, including several that produced pesticides. In 2011, high levels of heavy metals and pesticides were discovered in the site’s soil. Later, residential testing revealed the dangerous chemicals had migrated to nearby homes.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 6493 at http://wfpl.org Cleanup Begins This Week on Contaminated Homes Near Black Leaf Site Medical Testing on Black Leaf Residents Will Continue Into Next Week http://wfpl.org/post/medical-testing-black-leaf-residents-will-continue-next-week <p>University of Louisville researchers say they're extending the window of opportunity for people living near the former Black Leaf Chemical plant to<a href="http://wfpl.org/post/researchers-hope-conduct-medical-tests-black-leaf-residents" target="_blank"> sign up for medical tests.</a></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 21:25:52 +0000 Erica Peterson 6376 at http://wfpl.org Medical Testing on Black Leaf Residents Will Continue Into Next Week Researchers Hope to Conduct Medical Tests on Black Leaf Residents http://wfpl.org/post/researchers-hope-conduct-medical-tests-black-leaf-residents <p>Researchers at the University of Louisville are seeking funding to conduct medical tests on people living near the former Black Leaf Chemical Plant. They held a public meeting this evening to judge interest in the project, and about 20 neighborhood residents attended.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 23:31:20 +0000 Erica Peterson 6327 at http://wfpl.org Researchers Hope to Conduct Medical Tests on Black Leaf Residents At Public Meeting, Black Leaf Residents Question Regulators About Clean-Up Plans http://wfpl.org/post/public-meeting-black-leaf-residents-question-regulators-about-clean-plans <p>Cleanup is scheduled to begin later this summer on 77 homes near the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville, where testing has revealed widespread environmental contamination. At a public meeting tonight, residents were angry.</p><p>By all accounts, the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood is contaminated. Regulators found high levels of pesticides, lead and arsenic in the soil on the site. Then more recently, testing in the private yards that back up to the plant revealed some contamination on 77 private properties.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 00:19:56 +0000 Erica Peterson 5939 at http://wfpl.org At Public Meeting, Black Leaf Residents Question Regulators About Clean-Up Plans Regulators Present Plan to Clean Up Homes Near Black Leaf Site http://wfpl.org/post/regulators-present-plan-clean-homes-near-black-leaf-site <p>Kentucky environmental regulators hope to begin removing contaminated soil from homes near Louisville’s former Black Leaf Chemical plant by early August.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:28:34 +0000 Erica Peterson 5843 at http://wfpl.org Regulators Present Plan to Clean Up Homes Near Black Leaf Site Federal, State Regulators Plan Cleanup For Contaminated Homes Near Black Leaf Site http://wfpl.org/post/federal-state-regulators-plan-cleanup-contaminated-homes-near-black-leaf-site <p>The Environmental Protection Agency and the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection plan to remediate <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/more-contamination-found-near-black-leaf-least-69-homes-affected" target="_blank">all 69 of the contaminated residential sites</a> near the former Black Leaf Chemical Plant.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 19:52:11 +0000 Erica Peterson 5769 at http://wfpl.org Federal, State Regulators Plan Cleanup For Contaminated Homes Near Black Leaf Site Source of Contamination in Park Hill Homes May Not Be From Black Leaf Plant http://wfpl.org/post/source-contamination-park-hill-homes-may-not-be-black-leaf-plant <p>The Environmental Protection Agency’s analysis of soil near Louisville’s former Black Leaf Chemical Plant continues, but the agency still isn’t sure how much of the contamination of nearby land—including some private lawns—can be blamed on the plant. And now, an agency spokesman says some of the preliminary results suggest one of the most prevalent chemicals found might not have come from the facility at all.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 11:33:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 5066 at http://wfpl.org Source of Contamination in Park Hill Homes May Not Be From Black Leaf Plant