Posted on March 24, 2011 at 6:04 PM
Thursday, Mar 24 at 11:15 PM
FRISCO - Scores of people showed up Thursday at Frisco City Hall hoping to get answers about potential health effects from a battery recycling plant.
Community concerns have been growing since the 46-year-old Exide plant was named as a non-attainment area. The federal government says the area surrounding the plant does not meet new air quality standards for lead.
City leaders asked the state to investigate, and the Texas Department of Health Services conducted a four-day blood testing program that began Thursday.
Ashley Ginty brought her 3-year-old twins to get tested and also had her own blood drawn.
“The lead can affect people differently, but especially younger children," she said. "Since we've lived here their whole life, the main reason we came is to make sure where we live is safe for our children."
Suzie Engelskirchem has lived within two miles of the battery recycling plant for the last 13 years.
“The major concern is that we have four sons and we've raised them all here," she said.
Engelskirchem said she and her husband started looking into the effects of lead emissions recently when the Exide plant failed to meet new federal air quality standards for lead.
“We just wanted to confirm one way or another if we had been affected in any way," she said.
Results should come back in six to eight weeks. The TDHS will then produce a report that summarizes all the findings of the investigation.
This isn't the first time lead testing has been offered to Frisco residents. Last November, Exide sponsored a free lead testing program. Over 200 people were tested at a Frisco doctor's office. None of the results showed elevated levels of lead in residents’ blood.