Volume 88 Issue 18 | p. 34 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 3, 2010

Blood Lead Levels Ebb After Hurricanes

Flooding in New Orleans after Katrina and Rita reduced lead in soils—and by extension in children.
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: New Orleans, Katrina, hurricane, lead

The devastating floods in New Orleans brought on by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 managed to deposit clean sediments on top of large areas of the city’s topsoil. In doing so, the storms dramatically altered the amount of lead contamination in the city. According to a new report, overall lead levels in the city’s soil declined by 46%, and that drop was reflected in the blood lead levels of the city’s children (Environ. Sci. . . .

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