Lead discovery closes historic courthouse

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by AP

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 14, 2012 at 6:02 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Officials in Lexington have closed a historic courthouse that houses several museums because of the discovery of dangerous levels of lead-based paint.

Lexington General Services Commissioner Sally Hamilton says experts are being brought in to determine the cost of fixing the problem, and she says it may turn out the expense is too great to afford immediately.
  
There are also asbestos and structural problems, and the city is assessing mold levels.

In a report that the city received Friday, an assessment company said the building had deteriorated lead-based paint on the interior building components and lead dust on the floors and other areas. Lead is dangerous, especially for young children.

The building houses the Lexington History Museum, the Lexington Public Safety Museum and the Kentucky Renaissance Pharmacy Museum.
 

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