Federal investigators testing for arsenic and lead

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PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) A federal agency is reaching out to neighborhoods around Pueblo to encourage residents to get tested for lead and arsenic.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is contacting people in the Eilers and Bessemer neighborhoods in Pueblo. They live within a half mile of the old Colorado Smelter Plant.

According to KKTV-TV, the agency says those residents could have high levels of those toxic materials and the agency wants to test blood and urine. The testing is free for children and women of child-bearing age.