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Trail child blood lead levels below target

Blood lead levels among young kids in Trail are not quite what the community had hoped.

A goal of 4 micrograms per deciliter was set for this year but the average after testing came in at 4.5.

90% of chidren aged 6 months to 3 years are under the 10 level, which is the yardstick for concern.

Mayor Mike Martin says teck’s latest $40 million smelter recylce project to keep much of the metals dust from getting into the wider community will help signal a new era of improvement.

Martin says a new blood lead level goal of 3.5 micrograms per deciliter will be set for 2020, with 95% of all young kids coming in under the 10 mark.

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