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2018.06.18 Innovative Approach to Soil Decontamination

According to the New York Times Environmental Reporter Felicity Barringer, there is more lead contamination in America’s cities than any federal or state agency could ever afford to dig and and haul away.  That’s why new, innovative strategies are being explored, including tilling fish bones into lead-contaminated soil, where they bind with the toxic metal… Read more »

2018.06.08 – Soil is Key Source of Lead in Children’s Environment

Did you know that lead-contaminated soil is a major source of lead intake for children? Urban soil is often heavily contaminated with lead from previous use of leaded gasoline and paints.  In particular, past emissions of leaded gasoline went into the air as an aerosol and then rained out into the soil.  Ingestion of the… Read more »

2018.06.05 – LARC Welcomes New Executive Director, Susan Browning, MPH

The Lead Abatement Resource Center is pleased to welcome Susan M. Browning, MPH, as its new Executive Director, effective June 5, 2018.  Prior to joining LARC, Susan served as the Associate Executive Director and Deputy COO for the American Burn Association (ABA) in Chicago for almost 20 years. Previous to the ABA, she was the Director… Read more »

2016.09.09 – Englewood Resident Volunteers Property for Lead Abatement Demonstration Project

Chicago, Ill., September 9th, 2016—A vacant lot in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago will become a community garden, thanks to Beverly Moores, who has offered use of the lot for a local organization to demonstrate a technique for neutralizing the health effects of lead in soil. In late September, the non-profit Chicago-based Lead Abatement Resource… Read more »

2016.08.03 – Lead Abatement Group Undertakes Pilot Project in Barrington Hills

Chicago, Aug. 3, 2016—A Chicago-based group dedicated to remediating lead contamination in soil recently completed a project in Barrington Hills, Ill. to demonstrate a natural method for neutralizing the effects of lead ingested by humans. The Lead Abatement Resource Center (LARC) recently applied a substance called “Apatite II,” composed principally of ground up fish bones,… Read more »

2016.07.11 – Englewood Community Agriculture Leader Joins Board of Lead Abatement Group

Chicago, Ill., July 11, 2016—Micheal Y. Newman-Brooks, a business manager and horticulturalist residing in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, is the newest board member of the Chicago-based Lead Abatement Resource Center (LARC), an organization devoted to combating environmental lead contamination. Micheal (pronounced “MISH-ell”) grew up in Chicago and attended the University St. Francis, in Fort… Read more »

2016.02.04 – Flint and the Long Struggle Against Lead Poisoning

The lessons of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, are both familiar and strange. An austerity-minded governor, Rick Snyder, using a controversial new law, appoints emergency managers for a number of the state’s poor municipalities, including Flint. By 2014, more than half of the black people in Michigan are living under unelected leaders with extraordinary… Read more »