Thursday, August 26, 2010

Lead contamination around 11th and Monroe Street Park

Uh oh. Just learned via Twitter that the city's Department of the Environment found lead pollution in the 11th and Monroe Street Park. They're setting up blood testing stations for people who have visited or live nearby. The dates are locations are above. Hope everybody is OK.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I live right across the street and drink the water everyday. Damn!

Brian

lauree said...

I live across the street as well. What does 'lead contamination' mean? Is it in the water, air, in the park? Does anyone know?

Andrew said...

I'm guessing it means in the ground, but it could have seeped into the water. I'm looking into it.

Anonymous said...

This is a pretty serious issue. From what I was told, it's an airborne concern, but high levels of lead dust were found to be present at the 11th/Monroe Streets playground. I'm also trying to find answers, but am not getting responses.

DC Lead Advocate said...

There were renovations occurring at a high-rise in the area - the concern is due to the lead that became airborne after the landlord did not properly close off sections of the building. You can still be tested through DDOE, but the most at-risk individuals are pregnant women and children under the age of 7 with high brain development. Though still a concern, it is not as big of an issue for adults. Remain vigilant, but I would suggest keeping kids out of the area completely because the lead dust is now in the air which seems to have spread significantly.

DC Lead Advocate said...

Here's a good story that documents the problem:
http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=109039&catid=158

DC Lead Advocate said...

Here's a good story that documents the problem: