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FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE  


   
May  3,  2019  
   
Roger  Ross  
Consumer  and  Environmental  Protection  Agency  
(408)  918-­4620  
Roger.Ross@cep.sccgov.org  
   
Britt  Ehrhardt  
County  of  Santa  Clara  Public  Health  Department  
(408)  792-­5155  
Britt.Ehrhardt@phd.sccgov.org  
   
   
County  Identifies  Lead  Hazard;;  Businesses  
Close  for  Abatement  
   
SANTA  CLARA  COUNTY,  CALIF.-­‐-­‐Today,  the  County  of  Santa  Clara  received  results  of  lead  tests  
conducted  inside  the  buildings  at  Target  Masters  West  and  Sweet’s  Gymnastics  in  Milpitas.  The  
testing,  done  in  conjunction  with  the  State  of  California  Department  of  Public  Health,  showed  
elevated  levels  of  lead  on  surfaces  inside  both  businesses.  
   
These  results  indicate  an  elevated  risk  of  lead  exposure  for  people  inside  the  buildings,  and  the  
County  immediately  took  action  to  close  the  businesses  to  the  public.  The  County  is  working  
with  both  businesses  to  ensure  proper  abatement  takes  place  and  that  both  remain  closed  until  
the  situation  is  remedied.  
   
Based  on  current  information,  there  is  no  risk  to  the  general  public  outside  of  the  impacted  
buildings.  Additional  information  is  being  collected  as  part  of  the  ongoing  investigation.  The  
Public  Health  Department  and  the  Department  of  Environmental  Health  are  seeking  
information  from  both  businesses  about  employees  and  clients  who  have  been  in  the  building  
within  the  last  30  days  and  will  be  contacting  those  individuals  directly.  We  are  also  working  
with  partners  at  state  agencies  to  assess  the  level  of  potential  risk  to  individuals  who  visited  the  
businesses  prior  to  this  period.  Individuals  concerned  about  potential  exposure  to  lead  should  
consult  their  medical  provider.  
   
“We  continue  to  work  in  conjunction  with  the  City  of  Milpitas,  county,  and  state  agencies  to  
ensure  appropriate  steps  are  taken  to  protect  public  health,  safety,  and  the  environment,”  said  
Michael  Balliet,  Director  of  the  Department  of  Environmental  Health.”  
   
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