The St. Louis school district has sent out letters of warning to parents after preliminary testing of the high school practice football field returned a positive result for DDT contamination.
Edward Lorenz is the legal committee chairperson for the Community Action Group in St. Louis.
He says the EPA found significantly high levels of DDT.
“Where they have found contamination is on the practice field. They found DDT at 40 parts per million. So now they’re gonna do a more comprehensive sampling of the whole field and see if something has to be done.”
The amount of DDT found is 8 times higher than the allowable limit set by the EPA.
The contamination likely came from flooding of the field by the Pine River, which was originally contaminated by the Velsicol chemical company decades ago due to their chemical dumping practices.
More comprehensive testing of the practice field and the main playing field are expected in mid-December, weather permitting.