Legacy Soil Pollution – Higher lead levels may lie just below surface

A newly published analysis of data from hundreds of soil samples from 31 properties around southern Rhode Island finds that the lead concentration in soil at the surface is not always a reliable indicator of the contamination a foot deeper. The study, led by Brown University Superfund Research Program researchers at the request of the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), informs ongoing efforts to assess the impact of the state’s legacy of lead-painted water towers.

Thompson, MR, Burdon, A, Boekelheide, K. (2014) Practice-based evidence informs environmental health policy and regulation: A case study of residential lead‐soil contamination in Rhode Island. Sci Total Environ 468–469, 514–522. [PMC Journal – In Process].

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