Living in a toxic waste dump
March 27, 2009 7:05 PM Subscribe
Asking for a friend. She got her soil tested and the lead levels are at a toxic, and in fact, illegal level. It's a rental, and the whole building was planning a community garden in the yard. Now they're not so sure.
posted by nax to Home & Garden (15 answers total)
Here's the details:
Total Lead: 1317 ppm (HIGH)
Here’s what the documents provided by the UMass-Amherst Soil Testing Lab had to say about lead levels:
* Normal range is 15-40ppm
* Values above 300ppm are potentially dangerous to people
* Total lead levels higher than 1000ppm are LEGALLY HAZARDOUS
So the yard behind the apartment building is a hazardous waste site. What should they do about this?
Who should they tell? City, Landlord, other tenants, neighbors with small kids?
What should be done with the soil in the backyard?
* Options: Truck it away to a hazardous waste site; Leave the soil in place but cover it with purchased topsoil (There was a topsoil/compost delivery scheduled, but if the backyard soil should be removed then piling clean soil on top of it would not be helpful); Abandon all plans of gardening there; Plant only decorative plants and wear gloves when working with soil; Ignore the problem and plant vegetables there anyway.