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Flood Water Test Results: Chemical Testing
September 4, 2005
- Murphy Oil Spill
- Superfund National Priority List Sites
- Soil Testing at Schools
- Gentilly Landfill
- Temporary Housing Locations
- Hazardous Waste Sites in Mississippi
- Naval Construction Battalion Center – Gulfport, Mississippi
EPA in coordination with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality performed chemical sampling of New Orleans flood waters for over one hundred priority pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), semivolatile organic compounds (SVOCs), total metals, pesticides, herbicides, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
Flood water sampling data for chemicals are being posted from September 3, 2005 on as they become available. The data has been reviewed and validated through a quality assurance process to ensure scientific accuracy.
Floodwater results for September 4, 2005: Lead was detected at levels which exceed EPA drinking water standards. Lead would pose a risk to children only if a child were to drink a liter of flood water a day.
Additional information regarding health and safety issues for both the public and emergency responders can be found on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Web site and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Web site.
All of the samples were taken in New Orleans, but the location information was not sufficient to allow them to be displayed on a map. Select a site to view its data.