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News 2 Investigation Results: EBR to test soil of all schools

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Posted: Feb 7, 2013 10:18 PM
Updated: Feb 7, 2013 10:18 PM
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BATON ROUGE - A News 2 Investigation into soil contamination in area schools gets results. East Baton Rouge Parish Schools plan to test the soil at all 85 EBR campuses. This after News 2 revealed the soil at a handful of schools had elevated levels of lead and arsenic. The problem was uncovered by an LSU scientist who tested the soil at eleven East Baton Rouge Parish public schools. The findings surprised him, because the highest readings at some schools surpassed the safety limits set by the EPA.

Parents joined News 2 to learn about how the data was gathered and where the most contaminated areas were found. Turns out, the most contaminated areas are below window sills, next to walls painted with lead paint, under old wooden bleachers, and gardens that are outlined with old treated wood.

EBR schools responded by saying that the district has painted old buildings that had lead paint. They are also trying to plant bushes around those buildings and having teachers monitor the students closely.

New Orleans experienced a similar issue at public parks. News 2's Rosa Flores traveled to New Orleans to learn what city officials did, and how they paid for it.

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