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Soil tests reveal presence of lead, arsenic or chlordane at 18 schools on Hawaii island

  • COURTESY HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

    Soil contaminants from historic practices can be suspect in building perimeter areas. Playing in bare soils or gardening activities in these areas could expose children to soil contaminants.

  • COURTESY PHOTO

    “Lead and arsenic don’t do any skin absorption. With inhalation, because it’s in dirt and soil already, to absorb enough inhalation-wise, the dust would make you sick before the metals.”

    Dr. Diana Felton

    State toxicologist

The Department of Education has found elevated levels of lead, arsenic or chlordane in the soil at 18 of the 23 public schools it tested in eastern Hawaii island, mostly around the perimeters of old buildings. Read more

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