Lead Concerns Lincoln Residents


People who live near a lead recycling plant site in Lincoln have questions and suspicions about a recently release contamination report.

More than four dozen people met Tuesday with officials from state and local health and environmental agencies to discuss higher-than-normal lead levels found in the yards of some homes in the North Bottoms neighborhood.

The lead is believed to have come from air emissions by the old Northwestern Metal Co. plant that once stood nearby, near the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Memorial Stadium.

Some of those who attended the meeting asked whether the contamination tests were a ploy to reduce the value of their homes so real estate developers or the university could buy their homes cheap.

Officials said the testing had nothing to do with any redevelopment.

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