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Environmental Public Health | Environmental Studies


Joseph Storlien


Cities across the nation in the United States experience problems associated with lead contamination in their urban soils due to industrial pollution. In many instances, the emission of lead particles occurred – unregulated – for several decades. Though there are federal cleanup efforts to help minimize the negative impacts of lead contamination for the public in the United States, the efforts are designated for specified criteria and thus do not reach all areas which need to be remediated. In order to perform proper lead abatement practices, local organizations must take initiative on projects which meet the needs and demands of their specific communities. Potential solutions can be found by an analysis of case studies including cities which have successful lead abatement initiatives. Through this analysis, an important question will be answered: how can the city of Omaha, Nebraska aid the community to rebuild a healthy and vibrant environment with the legacy of lead pollution persisting within the downtown area?