Huntington Beach, CA, April 17, 2017
Last month, it was reported that students from a university in California have been collecting soil samples from parks throughout the Los Angeles area. Multiple soil samples from at least 66 parks have been collected and analyzed so far for the presence of lead.
The group of students plan to publish their findings in the next few months, but so far, at least 17 of the parks have had lead soil concentrations above 80 parts per million (ppm), California’s health standard. One park in particular was found to have over 330 ppm.
While lead is a naturally occurring element, it can be found in high concentrations in the soil of some urban environments. This is primarily due to its past use in lead-based paints that degraded over time and settled into the surrounding soil. Lead was also used in gasoline and as auto emissions settled, they too could increase soil lead levels. Contaminated soil can also be the result of current or past industrial use of the land. The lead contamination will persist in most circumstances unless the soil is remediated.
“News of high lead levels in city parks is a serious concern for parents who take their children to these locations that are meant to be a safe place for kids to play and enjoy the outdoors,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager at LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “Anyone can be at risk of lead poisoning if they are exposed to elevated levels of the toxic heavy metal, but children are at especially high risk. This is due to their rapidly developing bodies and tendencies to put their hands and objects in their mouths.”
Fortunately, lead poisoning is entirely preventable when exposure risks are identified and mitigated. LA Testing is helping California residents, health officials and industries identify lead hazards through comprehensive environmental and occupational testing services. La Testing can also provide all of the necessary sampling supplies and test kits.
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