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Lead-Safe Yards, Developing and Implementing a Monitoring, Assessment, and Outreach Program for Your Community - January 2001(149 pp, 5.3 MB)

The Technology Transfer and Support Division of the EPA Office of Research and Development's (ORD's) National Risk Management Research Laboratory in collaboration with the EPA New England Region has developed a technology transfer handbook entitled Lead Safe Yards: Developing and Implementing a Monitoring, Assessment, and Outreach Program for Your Community. The handbook presents a case study showing how one community-based program¿the EMPACT Lead-Safe Yard Project (LSYP) in Boston, Massachusetts is using a variety of low-cost techniques, such as landscaping and yard treatments, to reduce children's exposure to elevated levels of lead in residential soil. The handbook provides step-by-step guidance for developing a similar program to address the problem of lead in soil in other communities. It is written primarily for community organizers, non-profit groups, local government officials, Tribal officials, and other decision-makers who will implement, or are considering implementing, lead-safe yard programs. Much of the information will also be useful to individual homeowners interested in finding low-cost ways to reduce children's exposure to lead in soil.

The handbook was developed for the Environmental Monitoring for Public Access and Community Tracking (EMPACT) program within EPA's Office of Environmental Information. The program takes advantage of new technologies that make it possible to provide environmental information to the public in near real time. EMPACT is working with the largest metropolitan areas of the country to help communities in these areas:

Both print and CD-ROM versions of the handbook are available for direct online ordering from this Web site. A PDF version of the handbook can also be downloaded from the EMPACT Lead Safe Yard Project Web site. For more information about the EMPACT project, please visit their web site.

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Scott Hedges

Office of Research & Development | National Risk Management Research Laboratory

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