Slag on Rural Iowa Roads May Harm Kids’ Health

By: Nada Ibrahim, HealthyJoCo Volunteer

A report found that the roads in Muscatine County, Iowa contain different amounts of metals harmful to children. The dust from the slag, which is a byproduct of steel manufacturing, is one method used to cover the gravel roads due to its cheap costs. According to toxicologists, it was found to contain levels exceeding the maximum allowable limits for children under the age of 3 in Muscatine County. Children living or playing near the area are expected to suffer adverse health effects from this. 

Read the article for more information on what is happening now to address the issue.https://www.usnews.com/news/healthiest-communities/articles/2019-01-09/report-slag-on-rural-iowa-county-roads-harmful-to-health-for-kids-adults