Emory Scientists Receive EPA Grant To Continue Research On The Effects Of Lead

Emory professor Eri Saikawa talked Friday about an EPA soil contamination cleanup throughout Atlanta’s West Side neighborhood.

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Researchers at Emory University have received a $1.3 million grant from The Environmental Protection Agency to study children’s exposure to lead and other heavy metals on Atlanta’s West Side.

The funds will help scientists build on research they started in 2018 when they found high lead levels in some residents’ soil. That led to an EPA investigation. Since then, the agency has expanded the study area.

Dr. Eri Saikawa, an associate professor of environmental science, heads Emory’s research on the issue. WABE spoke to her about how the grant will help her continue the work she started three years ago.