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SENR Honors Thesis Presentation: Lead in Urban Garden Soil

Apr 19, 2013, 11:00am - 12:00pm

An SENR Honors Thesis presentation will be held Friday, Apr. 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in 333D Kottman Hall. Morgan Guider will present Lead in Urban Garden Soil: Remediation Potential by Chemical Immobilization. 

Lead contamination is a widespread problem caused by leaded gasoline, leaded paint, and industry. It is primarily an urban problem and exposure can cause an array of health problems. Since soil removal and burial is very costly, immobilization has become a more popular solution to reduce lead exposure. The objective of my project was to determine the effectiveness of a commercial product at immobilizing lead in the soil of a heavily contaminated urban garden. I found that it was beneficial for reducing exposure through the food chain but is ineffective for exposure through soil ingestion.