Thursday, December 15, 2005

Researchers doubt clean-soil findings

Times Picayune:
"After finding high levels of lead at two of 14 sites tested in the metro area, the researchers questioned claims by state and federal agencies that except for a few isolated neighborhoods the city is safe for residents and workers.
'It's premature to make such a broad statement,' said Steven Presley, an environmental toxicologist and leader of the Texas Tech team. 'There is sediment deposited on top of telephone poles, it's in cars, on cars, on top of houses. It's amazing where that sediment is deposited. And what about all the dust that's stirred up when you sweep the streets? . . . Inhalation exposure is just as bad as ingested.'"

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