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Officials: More East Chicago kids must be tested for lead

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EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) -

A gap in the number of children tested for lead in East Chicago appears to be narrowing, but officials say there's more work to be done.

Reports say about 300 children age 7 and younger have had their blood tested since last summer, when East Chicago's mayor told residents of the West Calumet Housing Complex they should move because of high levels of lead and arsenic in the soil.

Mark Johnson, regional director for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, told City Council that as of Thursday tests shows that 16 children younger than 7 had elevated blood levels.

The complex is part of the first of three cleanup zones in an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site that encompasses the entire neighborhood.
 

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