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?
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: email@example.com. Elaine Petkovsek
> community_garden maillist - firstname.lastname@example.org
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