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Durham finds unsafe lead levels at parks in historically Black neighborhoods following report from Duke researchers

According to a memo released by the City on Aug. 3, samples from East Durham Park, Walltown Park and an area in East End Park that is not accessible to the public contain lead levels above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's maximum threshold. These findings confirm a December report by former master's student Enikoe Bihari, Nicholas '22, in a paper supervised by Dan Richter, professor of soils and forest ecology at the Nicholas School of the Environment. However, the City may have known about the results of the internal Duke report months in advance.