A passive sub-slab depressurization system is designed to achieve lower sub-slab air pressure relative to indoor air pressure by use of a vent pipe routed through the conditioned space of a building and connecting the sub-slab area with outdoor air. Read More
Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is the second leading cause, but the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Secondhand smoke is the third leading cause.
The Superfund Redevelopment Initiative works with communities to provide site-specific support to help them reclaim thousands of acres of formerly contaminated land. This allows vacant land to be cleaned up and reused for other purposes such as parks, business districts, renewable energy facilities, neighborhoods, wildlife habitats, and farms. In turn, it provides job opportunities, strengthening the community’s economy. The local Superfund site is Hagerstown’s Central Chemical Superfund Redevelopment Initiative Pilot Project.
However, lead has become a common environmental contaminant at Superfund sites across the country because it is a naturally occurring element. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducts site-by-site lead risk assessments to determine potential health risks for workers and the surrounding community. Superfund’s risk managers use the risk assessment information to select the best cleanup strategies.
Superfund sites use a risk assessment paradigm. This diagram (below) represents the components of ecological and human health risk assessments.
The tri-state area is home to historical sites left and right. But that means there were some very old construction techniques. Structures built before 1986 are more likely to contain lead pipes, fixtures and solder.
The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) is a federal, legally enforceable law that sets national standards for tap water. States and water suppliers must test their water sources to see where they could be vulnerable to contamination.
While the SDWA applies every public water system in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that approximately 98,000 public schools and 500,000 child care facilities are not regulated under the SDWA.
These unregulated schools and child care facilities may or may not be conducting drinking water quality testing because it is voluntary. Only schools regulated by the SDWA are required to test and therefore comply with the SDWA.
Lead Decision Tree– To help you decide if you need to test the drinking water in your school or childcare facility, take this short assessment by the EPA.
EPA’s 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools was developed for school officials to assist them with lead in drinking water prevention programs.