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A hobby-horse stands underneath a sign warning that lead-based paint had been found on a nearby jungle gym in a residential playground at the Grafenwöhr, Germany, training area.
A hobby-horse stands underneath a sign warning that lead-based paint had been found on a nearby jungle gym in a residential playground at the Grafenwöhr, Germany, training area. (Ben Murray / S&S)

GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — Health and environmental officials in Grafenwöhr and Vilseck have discovered that some playground equipment on each base was coated with lead-based paint, officials announced Wednesday.

Published in a bulletin by the 100th Area Support Group deputy commander, Curtis Clark, in the local base paper Training Times, the notice announced that 10 pieces of playground equipment had been found to contain the paint — seven in Grafenwöhr and three in Vilseck — and the affected equipment was in the process of being removed.

Notices posted on the playgrounds said that the contamination had been found in a coordinated inspection in June by the 100th ASG’s Directorate of Public Works and the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine Europe.

Further tests — the only ones currently taking place in Europe for lead — already have been performed on other equipment from Grafenwöhr, Vilseck and Hohenfels, but analysis has not been completed, according to the bulletin.

According to officials at the Europe Regional Medical Center, lead has not been the basis for any health complaints by military families in the last 10 years.

“A review of the Army Medical Surveillance Activity medical surveillance database reveals that there were no cases of lead poisoning reported from Europe from 1995 until the present,” said Phil Tegtmeier, a spokesman for the ERMC.

Grafenwöhr officials and the CHPPME’s representative in the Grafenwöhr area were unavailable for comment until Friday, a spokeswoman for the 100th ASG said.

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