Blood Test Results Anger Some Frisco Residents

FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) – Shiby Mathew of Frisco was one of several residents who gave state health officials an earful Tuesday night during a town hall meeting where the results of more than 600 blood tests were released. “It looks to me, based on your results, that it was more of, let’s just do it so the residents can keep quiet and not complain,” argued Mathew. “I’m not happy with the results,” she added.

Mathew had her family tested for lead, and although detectable levels were found, they did not meet the level for concern issued by the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention.

The Mathew family lives two miles from Exide Technologies. The battery recycling plant has been immersed in controversy ever since a 1.3 mile zone around the plant failed to meet EPA air quality standards.

To ease concerns, the Texas Department of State Health Services offered free blood tests in March for Frisco residents and for people who work in the city. “Most of the people who we tested in our clinic did not have detectable levels of lead in their blood,” explained Dr. Carrie Bradford, a toxicologist for the Department of State Health Services.

According to DSHS, 608 blood samples were tested and 95% of the samples had no detectable levels of lead. The remaining 5% had detectable levels, but below the level for concern by the CDC.

Critics of the Exide plant argue that CDC standards are 20 years old and that new studies show that any level of lead is bad for humans, especially children.

Neighbors who doubt the results say the tests were flawed because they were not confined to residents living near the plant. “They don’t have the data mapped out to show who had the highest levels and to see if it’s close by or far away.” said Mathew.

State health officials argue that the blood tests were not part of a study. Instead, the tests were part of a free public health service for anyone with concerns of lead in their blood.

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  • darrell

    these are not the results people who are looking for lump sum settlements want to hear. if you have serious concerns or think the tests were flawed have your own tests done.

  • Jules

    I have never heard such a group of crybabies like the residents of Frisco. Some people moved into the LISD portion of Frisco then complained that they aren’t part of FISD. Moved next to a battery recycling plant and THEN are concerned that it might not be the healthiest place to live. I do think the plant should pass the EPA standards but come on residents of Frisco…think before you buy

  • YRofTexas

    I moved to Frisco 2007 because I work there. Had to find an apartment that had a good handicapped bathroom. Found ONE that met our needed criteria. We are located under 2 miles (as a bird flys) from the Exide plant. We did not know it existed before all the news. My hubby lives indoors at the apartment all day; I travel outdoors the most – to & from work and errands. I worry that this will effect him more than I because of his pre-existing health issues. In four years, we expect to have our debts down & savings up to get a home; until then, this is where we have to stay. As far as we paying for tests. Will have to see if we can get tests done thru his doctor for him.
    It still appears that Exide is evading the full responsibility of the tests. Just like there are different degree of tests for thyroid and anemia…no doubt there are varying types of tests to check for the compounds expelled by the plant. It would have been better analysis on Exide’s part if they would have graphed the participants, where they lived, where they worked and utilized that to get a better idea of the % compared to location. Even the wildlife should be tested. Once again, big corporate looks for the least costly way to do business.

    Ex: Lee Iacocco of Chrysler decided that the lawsuits for negligence would be cheaper than to retro-fit their earlier pickups with head rests against the back glass pane. Corporations only think in numbers; not people.

  • FriscoGuy2

    So basically the testing came back as good, not one test raised any flag of major concern? So this should be good news!!!! but its not…because now people don’t really have anything to attack the Plant with. So it failed one EPA test, I would love for every motor vehicle to be rounded up in Frisco, if it fails EPA standards it should be taken away, and you will be left with no compensation, and would probably have to pay to have it destroyed.

  • Steve

    Do we know for sure it was the plant that failed the EPA test? What about all these natural gas wells being drilled all over North Texas??? Everybody complains about them, but they still keep on drilling. They constantly pollute the air and contaminate drinking water, but they still keep on drilling. They are unsightly and lower property values, but they still keep on drilling. A recent report came out that questioned the process and it’s sustainability, but they still keep on drilling. Could they have skewed the numbers a little? I’m just asking…what if?

    • darrell

      the testing in question concerns high levels of lead possibly released by the batter plant. lead is not released, at least not in measurable amounts, during gas drilling operations.

  • Fear mongering

    This is nothing but fear mongering,

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