EPA Lead in Soil at Ulysses S. Grant Intermediate School in the East Trenton Neighborhood
- School Soil Sampling Results
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School Soil Sampling Results
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is addressing lead contamination at Ulysses S. Grant Intermediate School in the East Trenton neighborhood. EPA is working with the school district to develop a plan that would protect the school community from lead contamination in the soil. Ulysses S. Grant Intermediate School officials have closed play areas, and EPA and the school are installing fencing around the impacted areas on the school property to restrict access to the soil as a first step. EPA is also working with the school district to develop a plan that would allow children to return to the play areas that contain soil.
In December 2023 EPA coordinated with the Trenton Public School District to collect and analyze soil samples from two schools. EPA tested soil samples from Ulysses S. Grant Intermediate School and found lead levels in soil that require immediate action. EPA found that the soil samples from Darlene C. McKnight Elementary School had levels of lead that do not require immediate action. EPA is coordinating with the superintendent of schools to ensure that parents are informed, and all appropriate actions are taken to protect students and faculty at the schools. EPA’s work is continuing, and it will keep the public informed as it learns more.
EPA staff will be available after school at Ulysses S. Grant Intermediate School to speak with parents and answer questions on Friday, February 9, 2024, from 4 to 6 p.m.
EPA is hosting a community meeting for parents and community members on February 21, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. at Ulysses S. Grant Intermediate School. EPA will present on the work that has been done and next steps. Community members will also have time to ask questions.
Simple Steps to Reduce Your Lead Exposure
The following steps are recommended to reduce your potential exposure to lead contamination that may be present in urban soil.
• Remove shoes at the door before entering your home to prevent tracking in any dirt that may be on your shoes. Clean the bottom of your shoes with a wet wipe or paper towel.
• Wash your hands and face after coming in from outside and before eating, drinking, or smoking. Wash children’s toys and items they place in their mouths.
• Avoid digging into or disturbing soil if possible, and wash hands and face afterwards.