State plans lead screening in former mining town

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Residents of a former mining town in central Arizona will have an opportunity to have their blood tested for lead.

The Arizona Department of Health Services says residents of Dewey-Humboldt have expressed concern about possible lead poisoning in children.

The Iron King Mine and a nearby smelter once operated in the area, and tests have revealed elevated levels of arsenic and lead. The mine and smelter are on the list of federal Superfund sites.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has scheduled a meeting Wednesday evening to update the community on cleanup efforts.

The lead screening event is set for Thursday evening at the Humboldt elementary school gymnasium.

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