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Mystery residue in Marion neighborhood now believed to be fungicide

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New test results show the white substance found in a Marion neighborhood is now believed to be a fungicide.

People in a Marion neighborhood yesterday woke up to find a strange white substance outside their homes and in their yards.

The area affected surrounds the Marion Swimming Pool, roughly the area bordered by 31st Street, McGowan Boulevard, 41st Street, and Willowridge Road and Willowood Avenue.

Several different organizations are now investigating. The University of Iowa Hygienics Lab, the Linn County hazardous materials team, Linn County Public Health, and now the State Public Health Department all looking into it. 

A lot of questions left as to what the substance really is and just how it landed there. But, everything seems to be back to normal just a day after people in a Marion neighborhood woke up to a strange white substance.

"My concern here in Marion with the fire department is that we keep our public safe," said Marion Fire Chief Debra Krebill. "I'm doing everything I can to find out what it was and to best protect the citizens."

New test results show the substance is now believed to be a fungicide and not an herbicide.

Krebill says the investigation was handed off to the University of Iowa Hygienics Lab, but they only tested for fungicide.  

"They suspected fungicide because that what crop-dusters are spreading out this time of year," said Krebill. "So they suspected that so they just tested for that actual particulate. A quantitative will look at everything that was in it, and will get a better idea at everything that could have been in that sample."

Now, they are doing more testing.

But today, a lot of residents in the area still wondering is this substance safe to touch or even be nearby.

"Right now washing with soap and water is the best thing you can do to get rid of the residue," said Krebill. "That's the best thing we can tell you."

Another question many are asking is how did this land in only a four to five block radius. 

"Sometimes we get crop dusters from Vinton and all over," said Krebill. "It's just that, that day we did have two crop dusters flying in and out of the Marion airport. But it could've been a crop duster from another part of the state, we don't know."

For that reason, the department of agriculture is now involved. They are investigating how the residue got on the neighborhood.

The department of agriculture says the results of the additional testing can come anywhere from tomorrow to even next week. 

Krebill says she will continue to keep residents informed about the investigation into the substance.

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