Silver Valley Action

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Lessons Learned from the Coeur d'Alene Basin

Reducing Human Health Risks from The National Academies of Science et al

Recognizing the importance of protecting current and futute generations, remedial decisions regarding human health appropriately emphasized residential yard remediation.  Given the prevalence of high concentrations of lead in soils of the studied communities and the potential for lead exposure of young children, the repot concludes that univesal blood lead screening of children age 1-4 years is warranted and that these screenings should coincide with other routine pediatric care screenings.

As long as cleaned up residential areas aren't recontaminated by lead-contaminated sediments, for example during flood events, it seems probable that the proposed remedies will reduce the targeted human health risks.  However, long-term support of institutional-control programs (actions that help minimize the potential for human exposure to contamination by ensuring apporpriate land or resource use) should be provided to maintain the integrity of remedies intended to protect human health and guard against health risks from recontamination.

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