Pulaski officials get update on heavy metal contamination around former chemical site


Courtesy: Virginia Tech

PULASKI, Va. (WFXR) – Pulaski town leaders got an update Tuesday night on a study of heavy metal contamination in and around the former Allied Chemical site.

The plant which manufactured acid was closed in the 1970s; however, concerns about pollution from when it was operational continue.

One of the byproducts of that industry was nicknamed “Doodle Dust” and contained lead, cadmium, chromium and arsenic.

It was used as filler material in cement and fill-dirt all around the city.

Virginia Tech is looking into how much heavy metal contamination is being caused by the byproduct.

Research performed earlier this summer found that trace amounts of metals including copper, zinc and lead are leaching into Peak Creek as well as the surrounding soil.

Researchers are not certain the contamination is coming from the former Allied site and say further research is needed.

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