Black Leaf Chemical

Environment
12:48 pm
Sat January 11, 2014

Black Leaf Testing Results for Heavy Metals Mostly Normal, But Questions Remain

Blood and urine tests on residents living near the former Black Leaf Chemical plant show mostly normal levels of two heavy metals. But there are still many unanswered questions.

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.

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Environment
2:07 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Officials Hope Clean Up at Homes Near Black Leaf Plant Will Be Finished by End of Year

A sign on the fence surrounding the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville's Park Hill neighborhood.

State and federal crews are making progress cleaning up homes contaminated by the old Black Leaf Chemical plant in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood.

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.

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Environment
5:19 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Residential Cleanup Near Black Leaf Site is Underway

Cleanup has begun at 44 houses near the former Black Leaf Chemical Plant in Louisville. 

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.

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Environment
7:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Cleanup Begins This Week on Contaminated Homes Near Black Leaf Site

A sign on the fence surrounding the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville's Park Hill neighborhood.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Cleanup begins this week on forty-four homes near the former Black Leaf Chemical Plant in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood.

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.

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Environment
5:25 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Medical Testing on Black Leaf Residents Will Continue Into Next Week

A sign on the fence surrounding the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville's Park Hill neighborhood.
Erica Peterson WFPL

University of Louisville researchers say they're extending the window of opportunity for people living near the former Black Leaf Chemical plant to sign up for medical tests.

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Environment
7:31 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Researchers Hope to Conduct Medical Tests on Black Leaf Residents

Residents at the meeting at the California Community Center
Erica Peterson WFPL

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.

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Environment
8:19 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

At Public Meeting, Black Leaf Residents Question Regulators About Clean-Up Plans

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.

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.

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Environment
5:28 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Regulators Present Plan to Clean Up Homes Near Black Leaf Site

Erica Peterson WFPL

Kentucky environmental regulators hope to begin removing contaminated soil from homes near Louisville’s former Black Leaf Chemical plant by early August.

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Environment
3:52 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Federal, State Regulators Plan Cleanup For Contaminated Homes Near Black Leaf Site

Erica Peterson WFPL

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection plan to remediate all 69 of the contaminated residential sites near the former Black Leaf Chemical Plant.

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Environment
7:33 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Source of Contamination in Park Hill Homes May Not Be From Black Leaf Plant

Erica Peterson WFPL

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. 

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