New Orleans Environmental Quality Test Results
Two years after Katrina, the soil in some parts of New Orleans, including schools and playgrounds, is contaminated with high levels of arsenic.
An NRDC scientific team has made repeated trips to New Orleans, beginning in October 2005, to investigate potential health threats in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The following pages present detailed results of testing by NRDC, the EPA and other groups, as well as a health advisory and cleanup recommendations for individuals and government agencies. Federal officials have failed to monitor adequately for these health risks and have neglected to warn the people of New Orleans of the threat to their safety.
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Press Release 8.27.07: Arsenic Contamination Found at New Orleans Schoolyards
Press Release 2.23.06: NRDC Analyzes EPA Sediment Data
Press Release 12.28.05: Updated Mold Findings and Advice
Press Release 12.1.05: Sediment Findings
Press Release 11.16.05: Mold Findings
2006 TESTING RESULTS
2005 TESTING RESULTS
NRDC TEST RESULTS BY NEIGHBORHOOD
Bywater (Agriculture St. Landfill)
Lower Ninth Ward
New Orleans East
St. Bernard Parish
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Advocates for Environmental Human Rights
Deep South Center for Environmental Justice
Louisiana Bucket Brigade
Louisiana Environmental Action Network
People's Hurricane Relief Fund
Physicians for Social Responsibility-Louisiana
Sierra Club, Delta Chapter
last revised 8.24.07
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