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A Community-Engaged Pilot Study Leads to EPA Site Investigation Taken from the Hercules Exposome Research Center
Emory University’s HERCULES Exposome Research Center funded a community-engaged pilot project investigating urban soil contamination in Atlanta. The study has led to an EPA site investigation and is an example of how partnering with communities strengthens science and expands its impact.
The original goals of the study were to: 1) quantify levels of heavy metal and metalloid (HMM) soil contamination and bioavailability in urban gardens; and 2) determine the potential of commonly used plants and practices to reduce the HMM concentration and bioavailability. In total, 355 soil samples from 19 neighborhood home gardens and yards were analyzed for lead, arsenic, chromium, cadmium, and 20+ other HMM.