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News 2 Investigation: Contaminated Playgrounds

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BATON ROUGE - A News 2 investigation has revealed lead contamination in soil at some area public schools. 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.

News 2 plans to continue investigating this issue in our communities. Thursday on News 2 at 10pm: How New Orleans remediated contaminated public parks. Plus, who footed the bill.


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