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Changing the soil the key to reducing childhood lead exposure

The link between Port Pirie's lead smelter emissions and childhood health issues is well documented, but a new study reveals a possible solution for reducing childhood lead exposure—amending the soil.  A University of South Australia experiment shows that treating lead-contaminated soil with water-soluble phosphates can reduce lead exposure significantly via both hand-to-mouth soil ingestion and dust inhalation.  "Amending soil may be the most cost-effective strategy compared to removing, replacing, capping or washing the soil," according to UniSA environmental scientist Dr. Farzana Kastury.  Read more.....

 

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