In 2018, an Emory University doctoral student shared data with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) showing elevated lead levels that were collected from soil samples in Atlanta’s westside neighborhoods. Further research by the EPA led to the discovery of industrial smelting waste, called “slag,” on two lots near Elm Street.
Sampling around the Elm Street and English Avenue areas indicated elevated lead levels above the EPA’s recommended residential level of 400 milligrams per kilogram, also known as “parts per million” (ppm) are present in some, but not all, locations.
How to Get Tested
Blood Lead Level (BLL) testing is used to screen for lead exposure. The BLL test is available to anyone who believes they may have been exposed to lead. BLL testing is conducted Monday through Friday at the following health centers listed below.
Blood Lead Level Testing Health Centers:
*Please call to confirm hours and schedule an appointment