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Lead Safe Yard Project

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EMPACT, the Environmental Monitoring for Public Access and Community Tracking program, is a new EPA approach to working with communities to make timely, accurate, and understandable environmental information available in the largest US metropolitan areas. This information will better enable communities and individuals to make informed, day-to-day decisions about their lives.

In 1998, EMPACT initiated a number of pilot projects that will provide environmental information to the public via the latest monitoring, information management, and communications technologies. The EPA's Region 1 Lead Safe Yard Project is one of these EMPACT projects.

The objective of the Lead Safe Yard Project is to provide time-relevant soil lead concentration data so that residents can make educated decisions that will reduce the exposure of pre-school children to lead, and reduce the incidence of elevated blood levels throughout a community within the Boston metropolitan area. The longer term goal of the project is to raise awareness of the residential lead in soil issue and provide a template or tool box that could be used by individuals, community organizers, or local government to mitigate the risk of lead poisoning from residential soil.

Lead Problem
One of the most significant environmental health concerns for inner city youth is exposure to lead during early developmental years... more
  Project Description
A Community Based Lead Assessment and Educational Pilot Project ... more
Lead Safe Yard Data
Data from typical sites in Boston collected during the 1998 and 1999 Lead Safe Yard Program field season... more
  Sampling Methods
Lead-Safe Yard Program Sampling and Analysis... more
Treating for a Lead-Safe Yard
"Clean" plot plan showing structures and boundaries... Plot plan with testing locations and preliminary usage data.... more
A manual with all the materials needed to begin ... A field, interview and homeowner packet... A sample handbill... Several key educational pieces... more
Program Contacts... Regional and National Contacts... Local Contacts (Boston and MA)... more
Lead Poisoning Prevention Tips... more

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