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New method assesses lead hazard in soil

As Milwaukee, Flint, Michigan and other cities grapple with the toxic impact of lead water pipes, another lead-contamination hazard lurks in soil.  The nervous-system damage of lead is irreversible and intolerable, and so preventing exposure is the only real defense.  Not all lead compounds are created equal, in terms of how easily they move from the soil, both inside and outside the lab. Yet standard tests for lead in soil do not give a full picture of bioaccessibility.  Read more...



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