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Doctor: DEQ employees not at risk of lead exposure

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Blood tests done on 97 state employees who had worked in the former National Guard Armory in Helena indicated they were not at risk of overexposure to lead.

The state Department of Environmental Quality closed the building on Oct. 28 after finding lead levels up to 40 times higher than federal standards in ceilings throughout the building. Follow-up air tests revealed acceptable lead levels.

The state Department of Administration has blood test results from 97 people and only two indicated slightly elevated lead levels. Dr. Michael Kosnett of the University of Colorado School of Medicine concluded that current and former employees are not at risk of overexposure.

The Independent Record reports (http://bit.ly/1m1mYkv ) not all state employees who have worked at the Armory have been notified about the testing.

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Information from: Independent Record, http://www.helenair.com

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