AirUCI studies soil contamination in Santa Ana

AirUCI faculty Jun Wu and Shahir Masri, former AirUCI research specialist, have published the results of their studies on the sources of lead contamination of soil in Santa Ana.  Based on archival documents such as maps and newspapers, two potential sources of lead from past years seem likely — lead-based paint and leaded gasoline with the gasoline far more prevalent.  Both of these sources have been illegal in California for decades.  Currently public health agencies are primarily focused on lead-paint and consumer products, but this study shows they may be overlooking legacy contamination by leaded gasoline as a major source of environmental lead.  Read the article

Tuesday, June 28, 2022