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Health chief: Lead levels not a worry in kids in Nevada town

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An official says tests found no significant lead contamination in the blood of schoolchildren in a former Nevada mining town where more than the federal safety limit for the heavy metal was found in water samples.

Southern Nevada Health District chief health officer Dr. Joe Iser tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that results for four adults in the Goodsprings community are still pending because adult testing takes longer.

Tests were done after water samples from a community center fountain showed a lead concentration of 16 parts per billion.

That's slightly above a federal Environmental Protection Agency limit of 15 parts per billion.

Iser says the health district is still tracing the source of the lead readings.

About 200 people live in Goodsprings, about 40 miles southwest of Las Vegas.

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