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Re: contaminated soils

I would be interested in learning about this as well. Elaine, could you post to
the list a summary of  your received responses?

Thank you,

Barbara Hardy

Elaine Petkovsek wrote:

> I am interested in finding publications and/or information relating to safe
> levels of contaminants in soil in gardens being used for community gardens.
> In my work as an environmental engineer, I often encounter contaminants in
> concentrations above state regulated levels for residential properties, but
> are below "background" levels found in urban areas.  These include arsenic,
> berrylium, and polynuclear aromatic compounds.  These metals and compounds
> are often found at levels which exceed that standards for the ingestion
> pathway soil remediation objectives listed in the Illinois EPA's TACO
> regulations.  I would like to see some information on acceptable levels of
> metals/PNAs in soils in which food crops are to be grown.  In addition, I
> would be interested in receiving information on food crops which should not
> be grown in urban gardens, since they tend to draw toxins out of the soil.
> If you have information on any or all of these subjects, please contact me
> via e-mail at my home address:  orion@adash.com.  Elaine Petkovsek
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