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Chemical Contaminants in the Soil

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Duke Superfund Community Engagement: Working with NC Communities to help prevent exposure to environmental contamination

These resources were created by the Duke University Superfund Research Center’s Community Engagement Core with the goal of helping garden managers, Extension agents, Master Gardeners, and home gardeners identify, understand, and manage risks associated with chemical contamination that may be present in garden soils. This work was supported through the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences P42 Multi-project Center Grant program, grant number P42ES010356.

Duke Superfund Community Engagement

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General Information on Soil Contaminants

Websites Print Factsheets
10 Healthy Garden Habits English pdf Spanish pdf
Soil Contaminants in the Garden English pdf Spanish pdf
Soil Testing Labs English pdf

Information on Specific Contaminants

Contaminant Information
Arsenic Web Page Printable PDF
Cadmium Web Page Printable PDF
Chromium Web Page Printable PDF
Diesel Range Organics Web Page Printable PDF
Lead Web Page Printable PDF
Mercury Web Page Printable PDF
Nickel Web Page Printable PDF
PCE & TCE (Solvents) Web Page Printable PDF

Videos

Video 1:  What are Soil Contaminants?  Duke University Superfund Research Center personnel Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza and Bryan Luukinen discuss what soil contaminants are, some specific contaminants to be aware of, and more.

Video 2:  Exposure Routes and Health RisksFormer N.C. Cooperative Extension Agent Mary Jac Brennan, Duke University Ph.D. student Christina Bergemann, and Duke University Superfund Research Center staff Bryan Luukinen discuss the ways that you can be exposed to soil contaminants from the garden, which populations are more vulnerable, and more.

Video 3:  How Can I Learn More About My Garden Site?  Mary Jac Brennan and Jeana Myers, former and current N.C. Cooperative Extension Agents respectively, discuss the importance of knowing how the land at your garden site was previously used, methods for gaining this information, soil testing options, how to properly sample your soil for testing, and more.

Video 4:  How Can I Limit My Exposure in the Garden? Former N.C. Cooperative Extension Agent Mary Jac Brennan, Duke University Superfund Research Center personnel Dr. Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza, Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC Community Garden Manager Lourdes Vinueza discuss some of the best practices your can follow to limit your exposure in the garden. 

Hand with plant How to test your soil and interpret the results
Water drop Well water testing for nickel
Question mark Still have questions about soil testing? Email us at superfund@duke.edu.
Plants For more information visit:
Duke Superfund Community Engagement

This work was supported through the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences P42 Multi-project Center Grant program, grant number P42ES010356.