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Expert who warned Frisco about lead in soil from Exide plant gets federal grant for research, remediation of lead contamination in metro areas

“One of the things that we note is that learning abilities and violent behavior is related to childhood exposure to lead,” said Mielke. “And there’s a 20-year gap, between the children’s exposure and what you see in violence, and we are really concerned about that.”

 

NEW ORLEANS — A grant awarded to a Tulane University researcher will help New Orleans fight the war against lead contamination in soil. Dr. Howard Mielke received a $251,900 federal grant, through the Department of Housing and Urban Development, to research and remediate lead-contaminated areas in the metro area.

“One of the things that we note is that learning abilities and violent Dr. Howard Mielkebehavior is related to childhood exposure to lead,” said Mielke. “And there’s a 20-year gap, between the children’s exposure and what you see in violence, and we are really concerned about that.”

Mielke exposed the lead contamination problem months ago, when he compiled soil sample data showing public areas were highly contaminated. His research triggered the closure and remediation of more than a dozen city parks.”In the city of New Orleans we have seen a very strong indicator, that the amount of lead in the dust in the environment is closely related to the exposure of children,” said Mielke.

His research has never stopped and he says the new grant monies will allow him to continue to analyze data. This time his research will be a little different.”We are trying to understand the changes in blood-lead before and after the outside of the play areas are changed,” said Mielke.The new grant will allow Mielke to revisit data collected in the past, collect new data at public housing sites, remediate 20 day care centers and monitor the blood-lead levels of children before and after soil remediation.

“We are looking at the relationship between soil lead and blood lead,” said Mielke, “especially children’s exposure as it comes through the soil. That’s a major research gap and it has to carefully examined.”The city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana will help Mielke record and monitor the blood-lead level in children.

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Read Dr. Mielke’s report to the TCEQ and the City of Frisco that outlines how proposed plans for Exide fail to protect Frisco’s children from additonal lead exposure and contaminiation.

 

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