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Resource ID: #18943
Subject: Health
Source: WISH-TV (Indianapolis)
Date: 2001-07-10



WISH-TV set out to discover whether or not Indiana's children were being slowly poisoned by the playgrounds they play on every day. Most decks and playgrounds are treated with copper, chrome and arsenic to protect against weather and insects. The state says that 3.9 parts per million is a safe level of arsenic, but WISH-TV found playgrounds with levels of 56, 33.2 and a picnic table with a level of 3480. The EPA and other state health and environmental agencies have been aware of the problem for some time, but have failed to alert parents to the potential problem.

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