EPA Warns of threat from lead in soil – mainly in cities

People living in Oklahoma City and Tulsa – and other major cities nationwide – are being warned about the threat of lead in soil.  The Environmental Protection Agency says it’s a bigger threat there than it is in rural areas.

Children can be exposed to lead when they inhale or swallow contaminated soil.  Young children can get the dirt on their hands, then they often put those hands in their mouths.

Earlier this year, the EPA lowered its screening level for lead in residential soils from 400 parts per million to 200 parts per million.  The less-restrictive standard had been in place for more than 30 years.

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