Last Update: Saturday, May 28, 2005. 8:21am (AEST)
Source: ABC online news:
Levels of arsenic have been found in the soil of a Sydney Water property in a residential area of the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.
Residents of Warrimoo are concerned their children's health may be at risk.
Sydney Water does not use the Victoria Street site.
The contamination came to light when it applied to Blue Mountains Council for permission to remediate the land before selling it.
The council says the development application contains an independent report that indicates levels of arsenic in the soil exceed human health levels in some areas.
Victoria Street resident and former councillor Mark Greenhill says he and his neighbours are worried because local children used to play on the site, which has now been fenced off.
"Our concern is whether or not our children have been exposed to a toxic substance," he said.
Mr Greenhill says residents want the council to commission an independent toxicology report.
"What we also want, which council is refusing to give us at this stage, is for neighbouring blocks of land in the street to be tested to see whether or not this underground contaminate has flowed through to neighbouring land," he said.
Blue Mountains Council says it has received advice that indicates the risk from the site is very low.