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Lead Contaminated Soil

Lead is a naturally occurring metal found in the earth’s crust. It has been used in commercial and household products for thousands of years. In the past lead has been used in paint, gasoline, pottery, water pipes and other products.

Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body. Children and adults can get lead poisoning though ingestion (eating) or inhalation (breathing) materials or dust that contains lead. Your body does not have a use for lead. When it is absorbed, it has an adverse effect on the nervous systems of people and animals.

  • Medical research shows that lead can harm human health even at low exposure levels. There is no safe level of lead.
  • Lead poisoning is widespread and preventable.
  • Adverse impacts of lead include learning abnormalities and behavioral problems in children.
  • Kids are more vulnerable than adults—but all people and environment are important.

The combination of high toxicity, a long life in the environment, and the ability to build up in food chains makes lead one of the most problematic chemicals in commerce for human and ecological health.

Lead Paint Contaminated Soil

Soil can pick up lead from exterior paint or other sources. Children playing in yards can ingest or inhale lead dust.

Lead Paint Contaminated Soil can be disposed of in your garbage or at any of the Country Transfer Stations.

 

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