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Residents living near former chemical plant learn medical results

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---Concerned residents from the Park Hill neighborhood, continue to express their concerns about the former Black Leaf chemical plant.

Previous investigations found the former pesticide factory left behind dangerous chemicals, including arsenic and lead.

Dozens of yards were found to have elevated levels, leaving residents concerned about their own health.

53 of them took part in a medical study with University of Louisville researchers.

On Saturday, many of them gathered to learn the results from the testing.

53 residents had their blood tested for lead. All 53 came back normal.

49 had urine tested for arsenic. Two came back abnormal.

Marvin Hayes says he and his wife are the two affected.

Hayes says his soil was recently cleaned up by environmental officials. He plans to soon get another medical test conducted. 

"They just did our yard December 23rd, so their over here now, so they want to follow up after they put the new soil in to see if that will help drop it," says Marvin Hayes.

There was a select group left out of the testing, due to strict requirements.

"You haven't been able to do testing on children. Children are our future tomorrow," one neighbor said.

The residents also weren't tested for more dangerous chemicals, like pesticides, due to a lack of funding.

"Really afraid people might get lured into a false sense of security because we didn't test for pesticides. We couldn't test for the pesticides which in my mind again is the signature chemical," says Dr. Matt Cave, Associate Professor at the University of Louisville.

Residents say they'd like to see more studies conducted before they can feel at ease.

"There's definitely more to do. There's always more to do," says Marvin Hayes.

Researchers say they hope to get more funding in the future to conduct more tests.

Negotiations also continue to get the plant site cleaned up.

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